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#26 csrlice12


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

By the way, how's that XLT working out for you....loving mine...

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

Haven't gotten a chance to take any scope out the past few weeks...too cloudy. last night we had a few hours of nice clear skies, but oof course I had no time...argh. Hoping to take the XLT out this weekend.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:45 PM

Speaking of 10" dobs, I, too, am looking for a used one. Would like to trade by CPC800 for one. So my "buy next" list has a few items left on it as well. lol

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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.


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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.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

actually the moon has the most detail and is still my favorite object to observe. always a crowd pleaser.

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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?

#33 Novaguy


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

I agree. I've just purchased three sunglasses in different colors to test them out. Also got some colored glass lenses for those hot small spotlights used in ceilings, from Home Depot. Trying to work out a system of flipping different colors in front of the ep to cut down on the trial-and-error time-wasting filter handling part of observing.

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