What to buy next...a list
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:30 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:42 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:45 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:04 PM
I'd rather see the Lagoon Nebula in my 10" dob and 24mm eyepiece, then with a smaller scope filterd to the hilt......without the aperture to pull in the fuzzies, the filter is just a colored piece of glass.
The Lagoon Nebula is quite bright and contrasty without a filter. There are other nebulae, the Veil, the California, the North American, the "Heart" and "Soul" nebulae, these require filters and some are best viewed in a small scope.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:24 PM
I use an ND-25 moon filter coupled with a #80A blue and a #15 yellow-orange filter. The craters and rills give up their depths. Two hours I spend just looking. I'm awed by even the moon.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:17 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:18 PM
Yup. Extended viewing an object reveals many awes.
Near two hours of looking at Jupiter, I eventually saw a moon peak out from behind Jupiter. Or maybe I saw the moon depart out from the front of his disc. I'd have to check records.
Last Spring, I could see Saturn's shadow cast on the ring. Check S&T planetary section, March issue, page 46. They show the shadow, when visible in their picture. Astronomy magazine never does.
Did I just make a plug for S&T?
Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:29 PM