Is it a sin?
Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:36 AM
My question is, is it a sin to go to so many different targets with such great seeing and transparency. I felt le so much detail was very obvious I should sample a bunch of targets rather than concentrate on just a few. As it was I had to quit about 1100 and forgot to check a couple of galaxies that I now regret.
What is your opinion?
Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:08 AM
I've had times where I've gone back to an object because something I saw hung with me and drew me back. I've had nights where I've observed 70 deep sky objects in a few hours and got all the detail I needed out of them.
I don't think it's a sin to spend any particular amount of time on an object. I don't think there's a point if you are just finding the object to rack up an object count. Then again, if that's your goal, why not? Everyone is doing this for a different reason.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:24 AM
If you look at the root word that the ancients used, that we get our word sin from, it ment to miss the mark. It was an archery word that ment you missed the mark. Only you know what your goal was and what you wonted to do, so only you can know if you achived your goal. It sounds like you had a great evening and one that does not hapen that often. If you enjoyed your evening, thats all that matters.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:29 AM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:29 AM
For me, a great night is bagging 30 or more objects I've never seen before. (No goto or DSCs here.) Some nights I'll slow down for family and friends and take a tour of a few old favorites. But that's only a good night. That could never be a great night for me.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:47 AM
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:07 PM
"Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
Then expain all those street lights......
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:33 PM
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:40 PM
I do spend extra time on objects that I haven't logged before or special cases like comets and supernovae.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:56 PM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:39 PM
Our Middle-Georgia weather tonight is supposed to be a repeat of last night. I was up until 12:00a.m. I spied only four galaxies. I spent an hour each on the Black Eye, Whirlpool, his neighbor and the Sombrero. Tonight's target is Messier 61 and Virgo's Richest NGC Field. See May 2013 issue of Sky and Telescope, page 60.
I don't worry about staying up too late. I can always sleep at work.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:11 PM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:50 PM
There are many, many "right ways" to view the sky.
There is only one wrong way. . . With your eyes open and your mind closed.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:06 PM
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:32 PM
A jacket was needed Monday night. Like you said it was cool.
Last night's weather turned on me. The ten degree rise in temperature equals decreased transparency.
I must have spent a half hour looking for M-61, checking coordinates, checking setting circles. It just plain would not show itself. I did find it eventually when I was slewing slowly and a puff appeared. It was less featureful than the Crab nebula.
The Whale galaxy another puff in the eyepiece. Last year this time, the Whale showed itself right nice. Even its whale-ness then stood out.
Oh well, another night.
Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:37 PM
I never cease to be amazed at how different targets can appear from one night to another. I always assume it is blind luck on the good nights, and something wrong with me or my set up when the whale is pale or M 51 is just barely there. Don't let up!
Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:08 AM
On different nights, I feel like doing different things. I am working through my Herschel 1's (starhopping to each one) and am taking deep pleasure in doing it. Having said that, if I get detoured by an object in the FOV that's not a Herschel, that is fine with me.
What a great thing that you got a good night. I hope it brings you many fond memories.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:00 AM
I never gave any thought to the morality of either pursuit. I don't think sin enters into the picture at all. Unless I'm cussing out the nutbar who just drove into the observing site, headlights blazing.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:29 PM