Helpful Advice for Novice Amateur Astronomers & How to Locate Some of the Major Messier Galaxies
Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:17 PM
Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:24 PM
If I ever see a galaxy with my 10 X and 20X binoculars it will make my day.
Funny you should say that, because that's how I'm choosing tonight's targets for my dSLR and a zoom lens on my SkyTracker.
Even in my red, fringing on white zone, I can sweep up M51, M65, M66, M 81, M82, etc in my 11 X 65 binoc's.
Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:06 PM
Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:58 AM
The usual eyepieces that I would normally "cruise" with are the 30 and 38mm; and in them, I'm sure that I could've easily missed it; slightly more magnification was needed and the 24mm filled the bill.
I can vouch for this. In that scope, with a 30mm+ eyepiece, it would require VERY careful observation to distinguish the Ring from a star. Whenever I look for the Ring I just stick with high(er) power even just to locate the thing, because it's easy enough to find the right area for it, and it helps to distinguish it from the starfield.
Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:06 AM
Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:28 PM
Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:49 PM
Thanks for the posts! This is such a great thread on such a great website.