Visual Observers Reports and Discussions.
Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:36 PM
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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:21 PM
Ben, Pleased you too got some observing time. Uranus and Neptune for that matter, are never too good through the eyepiece but, as you say, its nice just to have seen them.
Thanks for the images.
Tony, Sorry to confuse. By "Shed" I meant my garden shed, not the Skyshed. From my garden shed I will set up the 8se next to the Obs and move between the two. Slow work in my condition but what the H..., its worth it when your having fun and I've all the time in the world. Got to clear that space first though.
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:30 AM
Wishing you all clear skies.
Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:08 PM
Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:04 PM
The clouds held off to give me a forecast 2 hours window. The wind picked up a little more but observing was do-able.
I was ready to goto my first object by 19 30. I intended to try for a few Nebula in order to test out a O111 filter kindly loaned to me by Andy.
M8 (Lagoon)and associated NGCs was a bit disappointing due to the fact that it was only about 9deg above my horizon and the Nebula was washed out by fine thin cloud. The star cluster showed through so all was not lost. M17 (Omega) next. The Nebula was not visible without a filter. There was a hint of Nebula with the UHC with the stars in the field showing up well. The Nebula stuck out like a sore thumb with the O111 with some detail visible, but the stars were some-what lost. Again, not at its best at only 16deg. On to M16 (eagle) with its lovely O.C. The Nelula showed well in both the UHC and the O111. It was difficult to decided which view was best. On just the Nebula I guess the O111 had the edge as the Nebula was that bit brighter with a some detail showing. Again, at 16deg above the horizon its not realy a fair test. (all the previous objects were sinking in the West). The veil Nebula's East and West gave only a slight hint of there glory in what was average seeing at 66deg. The O111 again showing a little more of a hint than the UHC.
On to the best object of the night NGC 6940. This is a wonderful open cluster which filled my FOV with a plethora of points of light. It was worthy of a tea and biscuit break. 21.15 now and the forecasts are proving to be correct with clouds massing in the West. Paid a visit to M27 (Dumbbell) in order to do a final test for the night on the O111. Surprisingly, to me anyway, the UHC give the better view. M27 was much sharper through the UHC with the O111 view being darker than I exspected. I put each filter into a 8mm x 24mm zoom. The view through the O111 disintegrated as I zoomed in. Through the UHC it stayed steady down to 18mm (x155).
21.45 now and I have very little skies left. So I finished my brew and called it a night. The O111 did well on some of my targets. I'll give it a few more runs as the opportunities arise. Just to add, the O111 is a one and a quarter inch filter and the UHC a two inch. This fact seemed to be making a difference in the quality of the views. ( Comments please ).
And Finely :- Tony, I did not read your reminder to look at Omicron 1 and 2 Cyg (thanks for the info) before I went out, and I did not remember to do so, sorry. I've put a note in the Obs for next time out.
Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:43 PM
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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:29 AM
At the same time next month the Pelican and North American nebula's should be better placed, i.e off the Zenith from my location, so, along with the veil and any others that are available,I will run it again.
Tony.... NGC 6940 should look great with the 6se. You don't need high power to view open clusters. I used my 38mm wide angle (70deg) E.P giving me x73.
Ben ... Don't know how practical it would be to use a filter wheel for visual as I only own 2 filters ( variable polar and UHC). Might be worth a try if you have a few and your targets warrant their use. Hopefully, someone who has given it a go will let us know. Good thinking though Ben.
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:50 PM
Many thanks for your kinds words. Pleased you enjoy our reports. Sorry for the late response but things are a little busy round here, which is no bad thing, as it keeps my mind and body active.
Sorry to hear of your on going health problems and hope, as you do, that you will stay on the road to recovery and be back at the eyepiece sooner rather than later.
Pleased to see that you are keeping your hand in so to speak, by doing a little naked eye observing. Its nice to watch the progression of the winter constellations . Won't be too long now before they are in our night skies once again.
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