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#1 Napersky

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

My best view has been Neptune from a 1986 Astrophysics Superplanetary F12. Clear unfuzzy disk about the size of the Uranus photo from the Neptune Uranus page at:

http://www.skyandtel...s/12435011.html

Not my scope.

My next best views are using my own Unitron 4".

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:30 AM

Its hard for me to say... To many nights and telescopes.. Highlights
Jupiter / Ganymede in John Pons 10" F15 Zeiss @ around 750 power North Hollywood 2008.
Jupiter in Bob Provins 7" AP @ around 500 power 2007 CSPAMP.
Mars in the Pearl 9" F10 AP @ around 720 power StarOak 2012.
Saturn in the Pearl 9" F10 AP @ around 700 power Pinos 2011.
Moon in the Pearl 9" F10 AP @ around 300 power CSPAMP 2011.
Theses were the mind blowing times I remember when everyone there was dumbfounded...by a classic telescope.
Of course I am not talking about the times at Steve Kennedy's or John Shermans 32" Dobs or even at Ed Grissoms Crazy Reflectors he builds!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:24 AM

Saturn in an 11 inch Clark. Way back when I was . . . well a lot younger :smirk: but view is still a vivid image etched in the old noggin'.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:40 AM

Accidently found saturn in my 60mm Sears discoverer about 12yrs old. Was a life changing experience. :bow:

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

Actually I had the same experience at 10!!!! :roflmao:

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

Jupiter in a 1890's Brashear 6" and Saturn in my D&G 5" ten+ years ago.. Amazed by perfect airy discs on doubles. Not a classic but classic style

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:50 PM

Thanks all Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

All of my "memorable" observations came with the 9" Clark.

The short list:

Encke's Division on Saturn
5 mutual events on Jupiter (3 transits & 2 shadows )
The shadow of Europa sliding across Ganymede.
Shoemaker-Levy in '94
1st split of Sirius
Craterlets in Plato

#9 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

My first view (first light) of the Pleiades with my 50mm Tasco 6TE, Dec 26, 1967.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

The rising waning gibbous moon back in October of 1971,as seen through a TASCO 6TE-5 Cosmic 50mm refractor,at 100x.It was coming up from behind a high power line tower ,just east of where I lived at the time. That made a lasting impression on me. Gary (G:cool:)

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:03 PM

:)Mine was the Pleiades and Orion nebula from my c-132 unitron in 1980.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

My Edmund Scientific 4"f15 white tube with Celestron Ultima 5mm eyepiece, 300X, Saturn.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:07 PM

I consider my Tak FC-76 from 1982 a classic. Last spring before the Venus transit, I was gee-whizzing Venus with the Tak and one of its higher mag orthos. Venus was a thin sliver, and when it was low, it was scinillating in the air turbules. Each tiny spec of flicker produced its own airy rings. It looked like Venus was under a thin layer of water and it was raining on the puddle, with each drop producing ripples.

Best way I can think of to describe it.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

My most unforgetable memory is the first view of the moon circa 1967 with a 40x40 tabletop refractor that i earned by selling vegetable seeds and greeting cards door to door as kids could do that back then...i gasped then & still do too.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

I'll have to go along with Gerald. Mine was my first real view of Saturn with my brand new Mayflower 60 mm refractor that my parents gave me for my birthday. I remember that image on that crisp October night many years ago like it was yesterday. I even remember it was a Saturday. I was hooked on Astronomy for the rest of my life after that.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

The Pleiades through my coulter 13.1. Was the only time I have ever seen the Pleiades along with the blue gas around the stars from the Washington DC polluted skies. Never saw it again like that. Was one of the most beautiful sights I have seen.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

Accidently found saturn in my 60mm Sears discoverer about 12yrs old. Was a life changing experience. :bow:


For many of us, the first view of Saturn is life-changing. I totally freaked upon finding Saturn in my 60mm at midlife. At public star parties, our club always saves Saturn for last, because nothing after is half so exciting.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:33 PM

Ditto. Saturn at age 11. I was amazed how many of my friends thought I was lying.

In 1965, Leslie Peltier wrote something of his youthful days 100 years ago which, despite the advancements in education and the vast knowledge the Internet puts at our fingertips, still rings very true today:

Throughout these nights of discovery and exploration of the moon, one question kept recurring to my mind. Why had I been denied all this until my school years were so nearly spent? Why had it not been made a part of the growing up of every youth? I had been taught the rivers, the seas, the mountains of every continent on earth. I knew the capitals of every state and country in the world. And all this time, right above me, the "geography" of a whole new world had been turning, page by nightly page, and no one had opened up the book for me. This was not a negligence peculiar to those times -- it still exists. In later years with other telescopes I was to show the moon to thousands of visitors of all ages and not one knew the name of a single mountain range or crater on the moon!

Or star in the sky, I'll add. I love it when I'm out with friends and I point up in the sky and say something like, "Wow, Jupiter's bright tonight!" They look at me incredulously and say something like, "Wow, how did you know that?"

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:29 AM

Starlight nights?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

I love the Pleiades low in the sky with good but not super Binos..low in the Western sky around March/April. What a sight!!!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:39 PM

A tiny granular spot of sparkling stars - M13 with my Royal Astro R-61D, a 60mm f/20, when I took it to a blue/gray zone 43 years ago. :drool:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

My first was Saturn in 1956 with a Gilbert 2 1/2 inch F/10 reflector, but with a refractor, the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9's impacts on Jupiter in 1994. I still remember the words uttered as the neighbors came by to look through the Unitron 5 inch refractor, "I see holes, I see holes!!"....






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