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#1601 Sean Puett

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:48 AM

Still you have to love 4" binoculars at that price.
 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:36 AM

For sure. So much light gathering.
 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

I thought about one of the binocular telescopes for the unoccupied side of my refractor mount but, they always show up right after I spend the money. Anyway, pairs of eyepieces can get expensive. The Vixen 80mm seems like a good deal new but, I just can't pull the trigger. My refractor has almost binoculars type field of view with a 30mm ES82. It isn't quite as ... (I typed the end of this sentence 15 times and can't seem to get the right idea across). Binoculars have something special that you don't get with a telescope. That is not quite what I was trying to say but, I am sure you all know what I am getting at.
It is pretty great with the 4.5* field. Having binos with the same view would be genius.
 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

They were comfortable all the way to zenith.

With a parallelogram mount the need for angled oculars is reduced.



Having the P-gram will help, but the 45 deg. binocs would be MUCH better for sure!

I was so impressed with the view, that I'm seriously concidering building some 6" versions. I'd use these IStar 6" F5 objectives.
 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

If I could raise the cash, I'd be tempted to get these giant binoculars. Less than half the cost of the Fuji 40x150's.
 

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:18 PM

......I'd be tempted to get these giant binoculars.



Awesome. :bow:
 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:58 AM

Sky tonight. Got my AT6RC and my T1I outside collecting M51. Might be poor data since I am shooting a little longer than the LP is letting me get away with but with the moon soon to polute, what the heck...
 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:58 AM

18 X 5 minutes, I used a reducer flattener. It's cropped a little because of a really bad gradient from the LP. Canon T1i Unmodified(but that may change soon)

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:07 AM

That's just astonishing, Robert. :jawdrop: I don't recall seeing images of the faint wisps off NGC 5195, extending toward 10:00 in this orientation. Pretty amazing.
 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

Thank You Mike! I'm going to shoot some dark frames and re-calibrate and re-stack it to see if I can clean it up a bit more. It's in a good position at my location just as it gets dark here so I may take a stab at it with my Mono camera and see about adding some mono Luminance too Tonight...
 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'm going to drive over to a hill in Tumwater to see if I can catch the comet finally. Rock Candy Mtn would be even better, but it's too long a drive at night for me today.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:25 PM

That m51 reminds me of the view through Bill's 22". The image is better but, there is nothing like the instant gratification of a large dob :-)
 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:20 AM

here is a quick 5 minute shot from tonight. This is a raw single exposure (meaning: no calibration). hence the dust donuts. Cropped off the vignetting

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Well, I saw it. From a fairly light polluted spot and with it so low in the sky, it was somewhat underwhelming. I spotted it in the 80mm, I could not catch it in my small binocs.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:27 AM

I went out to my new local dark sky spot last night, saw the winter milky way for the first time, I think the site is atleast mag 6-6.5.

The skyglow from yakima is still huge,20 miles away.The entire South East is awash in light a good 30* up from the horizon. :mad:
 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

O-M-G when are they going to figure out that the "Grand Opening" or "Big Sale" is really not so exciting as to merit SEARCH LIGHTS!!! I've never encountered anyone who was driving along, saw search lights shining accross the sky and said "Hey! we better go to the source of that light and see what's up" :rant:


:jump: I still got to have clear sky and do some imaging!
After much post processing and a decision that I will likely have to start from scratch and re-stack with more flat frames... here is the results from last night.

25 X 5 minutes with the Quantix KAF6303E on my AT6RC

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:26 AM

A close up (100% crop)

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Wow Robert, you are getting perfect stars. Even loomed in they look nice and round.

Kerry, those 6" apo binocular telescopes are drool worthy. I could never see myself buying them because I would have a D14 instead but, I would gladly look through yours:-P
 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:46 AM

Thanks for the "fix", Robert!
 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:46 PM

I'm heading out to Rattlesnake lake tonight if this weather holds. I've yet to see any deep sky objects this winter, so one last shot!
 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:00 PM

Thank You Sean and Mike! Glad you got your fix :grin:
 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

I hope it is clear this weekend. The moon will be favorable. Has anyone checked weather in good sky areas?
 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

Nevermind. I checked all the areas I know of that I am willing to drive to and they all say rain or mostly cloudy Friday and Saturday. If you guys find somewhere you know of that is going to be clear, please post it.
as long at it is in Washington.
 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:33 PM

There is no place in Washington forecasted for anything but rain or snow(depending on elevation). Table mountain is showing snow for the forecast. Moscow Idaho, Vantage Wa, Winthrop Wa, Western Wa... all shows rain or a chance of. X-p
 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

There is no place in Washington forecasted for anything but rain or snow(depending on elevation). Table mountain is showing snow for the forecast. Moscow Idaho, Vantage Wa, Winthrop Wa, Western Wa... all shows rain or a chance of. X-p


:shocked:Not even Winthrop? lol
 






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