What are the best views w Classic Refractors?
Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:49 PM
Not my scope.
My next best views are using my own Unitron 4".
Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:30 AM
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!
Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:24 AM
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:01 PM
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
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:07 PM
Best way I can think of to describe it.
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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.
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.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:33 PM
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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