Observing from the Shadows
Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:33 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:29 PM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:44 PM
If you don't chose to limit yourself to hiding in the shadows therefore limiting some of the sky you can use I might suggest constructing a light baffle off the front end of the scope opposite the focuser. It might also be possible to baffle the focuser but I haven't done either myself. Where I observe from the sky is reasonably dark so I don't think it is required. What I did do was finally get around to ordering this amazing observing accessory. http://www.darkskies...oded_vests.html I don't know why it ever took me so long. It is worth every penny. Also the large deep pockets keep my most often used eyepieces warm, fog free and close at hand all observing session long.
Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:00 AM
Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:49 AM
The winter site has lower horizons, which allow observing deeper into the southern sky but also exposes the eye to more of the light domes. Some of us prefer the warm-weather site because the horizons are higher, covered by surrounding trees, which hide more of the light domes.
But I really like the lower horizons of the winter site because I like to see how low I can go to pick up southern objects. I was able to catch Omega Centauri last month here at latitude 39 degrees when it appeared between some trees on the low southern horizon. That would have been impossible at the warm-weather site with its higher tree cover all around.
My scope is a solid-tube 10" Dob, completely flocked and baffled. I have one of the Dark Skies Apparel hooded vests. If I want to see something really faint, I just throw the hood over my head and observe that way for awhile. Working this way, I was able to tease out the Horsehead a couple months ago at the winter site, despite the low horizons and exposed light domes.
My bottom line is I'd rather have low horizons, light domes and all. You can always make your own shadows by baffling your scope and throwing a hoodie over your head.