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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:09 AM

Well done ,as always, love these videos.
I will say my skill set probably is no where good enough to find all these galaxys, but it is fascinating watching the videos, and listening to your accounts.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:35 AM

Thanks Jim and Andy and we're glad people are liking the videos. I may throw in another galaxy or two for the April GL.

Andy, you certainly have the "tools" (scopes) to observe all these galaxies. Tracking down galaxies can take some practice, and it's kind of like riding a bike, as in the more you do it, the easier it gets. You'll develop ways that best suit you and your scopes.

If you're just star hopping (or galaxy hopping) without a GoTo or digital setting circles (like both my large dobs and the 4" refractor), I then like the combination of a zero power finder like a Telrad or Rigel with a good finder scope. On large scopes, I like the larger finders of 60mm or more (I use a 80mm on the 22"). A good detailed chart or charts that are available in print form or a computer chart program is essential. Oh, and remember patience.

If you're going to NEAF (Saturday) I'll be there as usual, and we can talk a bit about galaxy observing.


Now if the skies clear around here... :4


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

I too use a telrad and 50mm finder on the 16 inch. Sadly the 16 inch is setting in the house, I knew about the new scope curse , but dern.
Of course the last 2 night have been clear early , but are clouded up by 11 pm when I get off
By the time I get Elekta to dark skys Ill have to relearn the constellations again, sheeesh :roflmao:

As for NEAF I really wanted to go one day this year, Im hoping.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:59 AM

Happy birthday Karl......wishing you clear skies

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

Thanks Andy and did have a couple clear nights this dark window. See the Galaxy Log blog for the latest.


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

Good report......glad you got good skies for your birthday.
The sketch, your wifes? , was excellant.
Glad you got the old scope out again.
I had originally planned to buy a 12 inch but when the 16 came up for sale , at a really reasonable price, I jumped.
The 16 does fit in the back seat of my little ole Ford Taurus.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:52 PM

Thanks.

Yep, my wife's, though the next video may have one of mine.

I always say get the biggest scope you can afford, handle, and transport.


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TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:29 AM

It’s Spring Galaxy time, and the April 2013 Galaxy Log video is posted.
http://www.youtube.c...r/GalaxyLog4565


Enjoy


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:12 AM

Awesome video as alwasy Karl, I was out in the country saturday to a friends house, and omg was it dark, I could see cancer visually ,easily, have an open invitation to bring elekta out anytime I want.
Alas every where you walk out there the mud pulls your shoes off. :roflmao:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

Hi Andy

Thanks, and I hope all are enjoying these, and of course inspiring them on galaxy observing.

Sounds like you need to ask the property owners to put in some nice cement observing pads :)

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:24 AM

Spring Galaxy time and the May 2013 Galaxy Log video is posted.
http://www.youtube.c...r/GalaxyLog4565


Enjoy


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:02 AM

Awesome video as usual. One downside .....have to wait another month now... :roflmao: :roflmao:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:05 PM

Thanks

Hey no worry, for those galaxies will still be there. That's one thing about the GL video series, is they'll never be outdated :grin:

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:01 AM

true that.......supposedly we got a whole week of good weather this week, so waiting for weekend to give me a few hours of dark before moon rises, hope to getthe 16 inch a real work out. Finally

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:56 PM

Hello fellow DSO observers.

June 2013 Galaxy Log is posted.

This month my daughter has stepped in as a Galaxy Logger.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.c...r/GalaxyLog4565


Clear Dark Skies


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:26 AM

Excellent video as usual. your daughters sketch purty dern god for her first time.

I noted in the photo of the Hickson grouping, far left three stars in a line , red, blue and white, its very striking and drew my eye immediately.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:06 AM

Hi Andy

Thanks, and also Jill will be doing more.

I looked into those 3 "stars", and it looks like they are 3 PGC galaxies per WIKISKY.ORG

I'm guessing the brightest of these far away galaxies is around 19th mag plus, which is beyond my 22" dob, though something like Jim Lowrey's 48" dob in west Texas would no doubt reel them in.


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Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:47 AM

July 2013 Galaxy Log is posted.


Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.c...r/GalaxyLog4565


Clear Dark Skies


Karl
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Telekit (Swayze optics) 22" F/4.5 Dob
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ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:40 AM

Karl: good video as usual.
You are lucky to have a daughter who
is into astronomy.
Yall make a good team.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:54 AM

Thanks Andy.

Yes, Jillian even as a child was always fascinated by nature and Space in general.

I remember her one science project (I think it was 5th grade), Jill's theme was Light Pollution. Yep, she got an A for it.

She's a chip off the old block in love for deep space.

Below is Jillian working out some "bugs" in her mount.


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Galaxy Log - http://www.youtube.c...65?feature=mhee
Galaxy Log Blog - http://galaxylog.blogspot.com/
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Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob
TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro
ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:00 AM


The August 2013 Galaxy Log video (08.2013) is posted, and marks one complete year :)
http://www.youtube.c...r/GalaxyLog4565


Enjoy


Karl
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Galaxy Log Blog - http://galaxylog.blogspot.com/
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Telekit (Swayze optics) 22" F/4.5 Dob
Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob
TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro
ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one
Celestron Omni XLT 102 refractor.
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:47 AM

Cool video as always.
Congratulations on one year of making these videos, just seems like a couple of months ago, lol.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 10:20 AM

Thanks again for making the videos. They are a great help.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:32 PM

I have all 13 downloaded to my pc.....cool stuff

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:18 PM

Thanks all and you're welcome.

We may do a mid-month special with the current supernova in a couple galaxies.



Karl
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Galaxy Log - http://www.youtube.c...65?feature=mhee
Galaxy Log Blog - http://galaxylog.blogspot.com/
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Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob
TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro
ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one
Celestron Omni XLT 102 refractor.
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