Hope some of you guys are out there tonight....
Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:55 AM
Walked up the hill above the house for unaided panoramic view.Leo well up and Scorpio coming out of the trees.
Got out the ETX-80 for a half-hour of casual scanning.Not enough time to get out charts ,big scope,etc. Gotta get some type of observatory built...
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:27 AM
It seems that no matter where we are in the world, we are all waiting for the weather to break and give us some clear skies. I'm sure it will happen soon, said he.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:32 AM
have you had any luck viewing Comet Pantarrs,???.
Last night i made an attempt to see it with my Bino`s, according to my Starry night Pro 6 software program, Comet Panstarrs could be located below the thin crescent moon at about the 5 o`clock position, i searched in vain with my bino`s hoping to get a glimpse of it in the twilight as the sun went down, sadly though, by the time it was dark enough for me to see the comet, it was too low at about 8 degree`s above the horizon to see it due to trees and houses blocking my view by 6.30 pm.
Ah well, i tried!
Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:18 AM
Sorry your attempts were unsuccessful. Pity it sets so soon after the Sun.
Same story here I'm afraid but with the added annoyance of a cloudy horizon. Apart from, Comet Panstarrs position is quite favourable for me, if only the clouds would clear.
We've some time left to try and catch a glimpse Tom, so I will keep my fingers crossed for the both of us.
Hope you weren't too unsteady on your feet when viewing visually. :rofl5:
Thanks for the post Tom.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:40 PM
Hope yall enjoy, and more importantly, hope yall get to see as well.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:09 PM
Glad to hear that "little legs" is coming along O.K.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:38 PM
Back on topic, I thought about trying to do a little time lapse, though the low target will prove difficult im sure.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:14 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:51 AM
Again thanks for posting your captures,
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:13 AM
Over 10 straight days of 33 to 38 degree C weather with clear evenings (a record here in Melbourne Australia in the month of March). The weekend comes pfffft cold and rain and cloud cover likely for most of the week. Only took advantage of one night but too hot and too many mosquitoes lol.
I have a cousin who lives up the coast from you at Wombarra. We speak two or three time a week on Skype and he's been ribbing me something wicked about the good weather you have been enjoying of late.
Hopefuly, the worm will turn and I can get my own back.
Seriously, it's good to hear that someone somewhere is able to get some viewing time in.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:01 PM
I have the same problem. The trees keeps me from seeing Pan Starr. But I did get some viewing and was able to get some pics of the moon and Jupiter. Not bad for a first attempt.
I like the trees and enjoy them other than when I have a telescope out Nice pictures you posted too!
Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:23 PM
Went over to M42 and added my O3 filter to add more detail.
I went back to the moon and the clouds started to roll in from the west.
I was in and out of the house to keep warm so my total observing time was probably 2 1/2 hours but I'll take it!
Clear Skies to all.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:42 PM
Looks like your session was lots of fun, if you can call it so. Put me in mind of my last one. Still, your reward was that you managed to get behind the telescope and view an object or two objects.
I tried my UHC filter on M42 to good effect. May get the 03 later.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:46 PM
Setup with chair,7x35 vintage binos,and Meade 102 f7.8 achromat.On grassy hillside above home.
Without glasses could spot quite a few objects (which takes good seeing with MY eyes),with glasses ,hundreds;with binos Wow!,and with scope even more.
Downside is to the north,all the security lights or something meant only the brightest four of the Little Dipper were easily seen and the faintest just varely duiscernable.
I chose the Meade 102 for the session because it is very light for its aperture;but it really needs a better focuser as the stock model is on the sloppy and coarse side!
Friday night solid clouds hide the setting sun and are still there quite a bit later so am on the computer.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:55 AM
I think we all have problems from time to time with security/street lights but you seem to have made the best of it.
Thanks for posting.