Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:49 AM
This week I was finally able to see some of my old friends. I was able to get my PST in the hallway and look at the Sun when it was setting in front of my house. Then I was able to see Venus in a small scope and see that it is half moon now and sure is bright! I can't believe how far south it has moved in the past month! Looking forward to seeing the moon and Venus pairing this week.
Next, I was able to set up my 80ED in my kitchen and peer out my back patio door at the eastern sky. Turned off the lights in the house and checked out Cassiopeia , Perseus area. Really nice to see the clusters in that area, double, ET and a few others. Also later came a nice view of the Pleiades and was able to frame the whole cluster in the EP!
As the weather gets colder, it will limit my observing time as I have to have the door wide open to get clear views, but since it gets dark earlier, I can look for a while before the heat kicks on.
All and all, nice to be able to see SOMTHING again! Two more weeks in the cast and then I can move out to the patio:)
Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:49 AM
Happy to hear things are getting better for you, Hope
your under the stars soon.
Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:53 AM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:30 PM
I'm glad you have seen some marvels of the sky. Sad to hear you have broken your leg. How did you do that ?
Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:05 PM
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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:16 AM
Last night was clear ans mild and I was able to keep the patio door open for an hour to observe the eastern sky. I have a fair amount of LP in that direction, but it gets better 30* above the horizon. The Double Star Cluster really looked great at 40x in my 80ED. After about 9pm, Auriga rises smack dead ahead of me in the east and later on this month should be great for those bright open clusters there
Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:35 PM
Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:37 PM
I have to confess I'm not familiar with the ET cluster (NGC457). I'll have to check that out, thanks!
Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:58 AM
After dinner about 8pm I have some nice views of the eastern sky with all the nice star rich areas and clusters. Auriga rises smack dead center over my horizon and love the M36,37,38 in my 80ED. In two weeks I get my cast off and then can bring out one of my larger scopes out on the patio as long as I have some help from my nextdoor neighbor and be very careful. I love this time of year for observing as there are so many nice targets out.
David, punch in the NGC457 in that 8SE and you will love it! You should have a "tours" mode in that scope and try using the search by constellation and enter DSO'S when you get to Cassiopeia....lot's of them there.
Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:11 PM
Great skies in the fall and can't wait to see it again in my 10" DOB when I get the cast off in two weeks!
Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:10 PM
Tonight I spent an hour on M31 (binos and 4"), my brain afire with the notion that I am hurling toward it at incredible speed. As I increased the mags, it was like flying closer.... But I digress...
You're doing great, hang in there.
Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:24 PM
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:31 AM
The Cometron is from the 80's and I forgot just how good that little scope is. It's only 400mm, but the glass is made by Vixen and only a little color. I had a Celestron 8-24mm zoom EP in it and the views of the crescent Moon where pretty darn good up to 50x as the seeing was great!
As they say, make lemons into lemonade