Classic "WOW FACTOR" Moments
Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:46 AM
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:05 PM
mine was first view of saturn with the 6" AP
superplanetary ...cranking it up to over 600 x
and thinking i need to buy some higher power eyepieces.
etched in my mind forever.
My wow memory was similar using my AP 152 f/12 superplanetary refractor on Saturn.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:07 PM
Seeing stars for the first time in third grade, upon getting my first prescription glasses;
Seeing the Milky Way thirty-five years later, after moving to dark skies;
Finding and seeing Saturn's rings for the first time, after buying my first good scope (the 60mm Jason 313 Towa); and,
Marveling at a member of my club blithely pointing a 16" f/4.5 Newt on GEM at anything anyone requested. He knew exactly where everything was. I wanted to learn to do that.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:44 PM
The visit to Pawn Stars certainly was a WOW experience for both of us. Having them open the door for us while about one hundred people stood in line to get was icing on the cake as was the side visit with Ed Beyers on the way home.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:41 PM
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:25 AM
Mike only you would say I look weird while standing next to the oldman!!
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:22 AM
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:27 AM
For a midlife birthday, I had received my first astronomical telescope (if it counts as such), a 4" Celestron FirstScope f/4 tabletop Dob. With its short tube and lack of finder, it was hard to point. There was construction in my yard, so I climbed up onto a bulldozer. With the scope on the hood, I could stand lower on the treads to better sight skyward. Somehow, I found the Pleiades, and "Wow!"
Two years later, I took that scope to a public star party. From the trunk of the car, it gave a young man his "Wow!" moment. Still recall his face in the dark, stunned and awed.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:49 AM
A few years later, our club's optician assembled one working Newt from two 8" long focus classics undergoing restoration, a Trecker and, I think, a Southern Pacific Instruments. The scope itself was stunningly long, evocative of a rare view; and, surely enough, the view of Saturn the best anyone had ever seen.
So many classic moments! Yes; they keep us going, always seeking the next.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:58 AM
One night I aimed at the Pleiades and there in that wonderdul starfield was also the blue gas around the stars that you normally only see in pictures. I had never seen it like that visually. I did go WOW over and over again. This was from light polutted Washington DC skies.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:59 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:58 AM
Every time I look at this little pretty. This morning for instance when I was sitting in the dining room having breakfast. My eyes glanced toward the corner of the room and WOW
Nice scopes Terra.
So, how did you get them to stick to the wall like that?
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
I was in the Rockies for a mountaineering school in summer, 1971. We were camped near the base of Mt Columbia at just under 12,000'. I think we'd spent about a week there because the purpose was to climb Mt Columbia under full moonlight, starting from camp at midnight so we could watch the sunrise.
The sunrise was pretty darn spectacular in it's own right, but that's not the wow moment I'm referring to. I can't remember whether it was the week before or the week after that we'd spent at that campsite. Probably week before, which would mean that we stayed up pretty late telling stories around the campfire at night. ...because on this particular night when I sashayed off into the wilderland to talk to a man about a dog, the moon was gone and it was really dark. Still, I didn't notice until I found my designated shrub and turned off my flashlight, so as not to advertise my location to the rest of the camp (who wouldn't have given me a moment of peace, i'm sure!).
Anyway, after my eyes adapted to the dark, I spent several minutes looking up into the sky. It was really dark. Looking around me, I couldn't see any detail at all - just slightly brighter dark blobs where rocks and bare soil were between shrubs. The most memorable sky event I saw was a double meteor. I don't think I've ever seen one since, either. Literally, two meteors impacting the atmosphere at the same time, maybe half a moon-diameter apart and streaking parallel lines across the sky.
When walking back to camp, I tried doing it without using the flashlight. I made it, but it was pretty comical. Since I couldn't tell rocks from bare dirt, I couldn't see how far away they were, so I stumbled a lot. But I took it slow and got back with nothing but starlight as a guide.
I've never seen the night sky that dark since, even while visiting the Rockies and other high-altitude localities. There's too much *BLEEP* in the atmosphere what with jet exhaust and other particulates.
I ordered my Optical Craftsmen 8" Discoverer from Dick Nelson 4 months later.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:13 PM
Terra, is that your yet unused 140? Hope you get first light soon. Love the way it looks with the Unihex
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:16 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:32 PM
Yup, that's the 128 in the photo, the 140 is bigger and alt-az and residing in another corner of the room.
We have our club meeting tonite but if I get a chance when I get home, the 128 will be trained on Jup.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:36 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:16 PM
WE had our local meeting this evening. I'm giving the talk next month. Lot of work to do..