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#1 kenrenard

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:55 AM

Last night we had some nice clear skies after a partly cloudy day. I set up my XT8 with a 5mm TMB Planetary II eyepiece which gave me about 240X. There was again go much to see on the Moon. I sketched craters Atlas and Hercules while my 7 year old ran around the yard in the twilight. She would stop over to check the progress and get a quick look. As we went in to put her to bed we saw the lovely crescent setting over the neighbors house.

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#2 niteskystargazer

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:16 AM

Ken,

Very good sketch of Crater Atlas & Hercules :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:14 AM

Very nice sketch Ken.

How do you like the TMB Planetary II eyepiece when sketching the Moon?

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Eric

#4 kenrenard

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 12:33 PM

Thank You Tom and Eric,

Eric,
To answer your question on the TMB II. I like it quite a bit. I prefer my one and only Televue Plossl but the TMB is a good eyepiece for $40.00 on sale from Astronomics. I have only a modest collection of eyepieces one 24mm Televue Panoptic (my favorite), the 5mm TMB, a 9mm Orion expanse, an 11mm Televue Plossl, A few Orion Plossls, and one 18mm Explore Scientific, and a 38mm Orion 2 inch. Both the ES and Orion are soft on the edges and the ES eyepiece shows an ugly yellow ring on the fringe ( for deep sky it is very nice.)

I would like to eventually get a few more TV Plossls or perhaps a 6mm ortho for planets and the Moon. Maybe even some day a Delos or Nagler when my budget allows. But, for the money the TMB does a nice job comparing with what I have in my case.

Clear Skies

Ken

#5 JimPie

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:51 PM

Ken, This is an excellent lunar sketch. The two peaks in Atlas really stand up and the warn almost washed out appearance of Atlas E is spot on.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:59 PM

Thank you Jim,

I always see so much on the Moon. It really is such an amazing object. I started working on the Lunar 100 and I am still learning. Thanks for the encouragement.

Ken

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:48 PM

Ken,

Excellent sketch of the strong men. You get better with each sketch.

Frank :)

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:38 PM

Beautiful sketch Ken. You are getting better and better.

Really pleasant to look at.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:31 PM

Fine sketch! I like the cast of shadows.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:39 PM

Great sketch. Sounds like a great evening.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:14 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.

Ken






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