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#1 Michael & Louise

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:34 PM

Last Monday the 6" Orion Dob I ordered arrived and I couldn't resist giving it a test run. The views with this telescope were very pleasing. I stuck mainly to well-known objects like M35 and M42 and such.

Below are two of the sketches I made that night. The first is of the Orion Nebula wich was a beautiful sight. Many knots and swirls were visible throughout and the dark "Fish Mouth" was clearly defined. The trapezium was nicely split as well. The sketch is at 125X

The second sketch is of M35 which I sketched just a short while ago with a 3" firstscope. In the 6" M35 is very large and bright and spectacular at 30X, which is the magnification I used in the sketch. There was a sort of "Y" shaped asterism of brighter stars and a multitude of fainter stars. The center of the cluster was rather dim.

All in all a very succesful 1st night out! :jump:

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#2 CarlosEH


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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:48 PM

Louise and Michael,

Excellent observations of the Orion nebula (M42) and M35. These are two of my favorite deep sky objects to observe in the Winter sky. Thank you for sharing them with us all.


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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:25 PM

Louise and Michael,

These are beautiful sketches. Your website is growing rapidly as you continue to add your sketches. All worth a good look. :bow: :cool:

Frank :)

#4 ladip63


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Posted 19 March 2010 - 11:04 AM

Louise and Michael,
Great job on M-42 and M-3 :D :bow: :goodjob:
Nice web site!


#5 Kris.


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Posted 19 March 2010 - 02:36 PM

first light is always nice, especially when you make a jump in aperture. over the years i went from 4,5" over 8" to 12". the biggest wow came with the 8".

nice site you have!

#6 Michael & Louise

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:36 PM

Thanks all :)

I had an 8" Dob many years ago in the Netherlands (I'm in Calgary now). I've found that the views in the 6" now are not much inferior if at all to the views through the 8" previously. Probably due to better sky conditions and better eyepieces.

#7 JayinUT


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 05:15 AM

Your sketches of both M42 and M35 are pleasing to view. They bring up memories of this last winter (we are in spring now) of viewing these objects. Thanks for sharing.

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