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#1 youngamateur42

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:38 AM

Hi everyone,

Well I'm here in Prescott Arizona for a visit with my grandparents and some observing. I brought my RV-6 and my 70mm Refractor. We'll also be using my grandpa's homemade 4.25" F/12 and hopefully use his 16". I'll be posting here with what's going on, observing, and sketching. Clear skies :rainbow: - they're very clear here :grin:

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:43 AM

Justin, Did you get your finder scope fixed up?

And Happy Birthday!

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:31 AM

Ha Welcome to AZ Clear Skies ,This is my first Winter using My Scope so I'm still kind-a new with this ,anyway looking South-East about 25 degrees or so up , @ 1 AM in Northern AZ skies when my Wife & I were looking at a big bright twinkling star ,This thing really caught our eye , maybe because of the super clear nights , I was at low power using a 34mm EP ( Smallest I have ) anything over that was just to bright for us in the EP , The colors that were coming from it are awesome ,Maybe you can check it out ,this is all new to us , maybe not a big deal for most , but we really enjoyed it , and we could see all the color lines around Jupiter . COOL , I'm just having a good night in my Obs looking at the Stars :jump: and I don't have to wake up early :D O-By-The-Way enjoy your Cake :lol:

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:02 AM

A 4.25" f/12....the use of any homemade scope is always a joy!

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:19 AM

I'm re-grinding mine right now- it was actually based on his telescope. I'll post some photos

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:31 PM

Well, if you ever want to unload that ol' Meade 12.5" f/6, just send me a PM! :D

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:47 PM

Welcome to Arizona, we do have some great dark skies away from city lights! Prescott is pretty dark if you can get away from town for 10 or 15 miles. Check the road going out to Chino Valley, that gets pretty dark at night. 4.25 inch f/12 or f/14?? Is that a Refractor or Newtonian Planet killer? Whats the field of view like on that, my 8 inch f/7.4 is some what narrow. Have fun while your're out here, it's better than snow on the ground, Prescott doesn't get snow hardly much.
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

Few photos of this scope. It is a 4.25" F/12 Newtonian Reflector, ground and polished spherical mirror, made in 1956 in Fresno.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:57 PM

Here's the focuser:

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:58 PM

Hurst motor

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:03 PM

Down the tube

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 07:08 PM

The mount. The thing on top of the rings is a mount to hold a PST. Works nice with the scope when having a solar filter on the main scope to compare the views

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:18 PM

WOW! that is NICE!

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

Happy B-day young fellow. :waytogo:

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:28 AM

Got back from observing outside of day one. It is REALLY cold out there!! Saw lots of stuff with the 70mm and 6" reflector. A few highlights were some great low power views of the Veil Nebula at 23x with a UHC, the eastern arc can be fit in the field. The 6" showed detail in the whisps, and I finally got to see Pickering's Wedge. The double double was cool, easily split at 104x with the 6", dead easy at 208x. My grandpa split it with the 70mm at only 23x! Double cluster and M31 were spectacular of course, enjoyed Stock 2, a cluster very close to the double cluster. M33 was seen with the naked eye, it was cool! In the 6 i could just start to make out the spiral arms, and some patches in them which I'm assuming are some kind of clusters? The 3 clusters in Auriga were really great. M1 was dead easy in both scopes; at home, it was barely visible with the 12.5. We brought the 70mm up to the top of the driveway to see Orion. It was amazing. I have never seen it from dark skies before. Without filters, the big loop of nebulosity goes all the way around to the bottom stars of the Orion Sword. Filtered was a huge contrast difference and also the amount of nebula visible. I put in my 6mm eyepiece to check out the Trapezium section. And in moments of good seeing, I could see the FIFTH star! I have seen it relatively easy in the 6 at home, easy inthe 12 (shows 6-7 actually). I never thought I would see it with 70mm. Going to get some sleep. Dark skies!

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:26 PM

Well we just set up the big 16 for viewing, hoping it stays clear! Here's my grandpa looking through it

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:01 PM

Looks like a good time for all! I hope it stays clear for y'all too! Enjoy!

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:00 PM

Few photos of this scope. It is a 4.25" F/12 Newtonian Reflector



thats a awesome piece of personal/family history.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:46 AM

It's almost 12 here and we're taking a break waiting for Orion to get out from behind some trees. I've seen so much. Like NGC 206, NGC 891 , really awesome. Could see the dark lane pretty easily. M33 was spectacular, spiral arms and bright spots in them. I think I may have seen the center star in the Crab, is this visible? Or was I just imagining. I'm so excited for M42, spectacular I expect.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:19 AM

Welcome to Arizona! I live in Phoenix myself.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:52 AM

I'm so excited for M42, spectacular I expect.


How was it? I spent some time with it Friday night in a gray/blue zone and it was stunning. It showed a hint of pink even in my 5" refractor. I can only imagine how it looked in your grandfather's 16". :cool:

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:07 PM

Wow, I've been really busy haven't had the time to upload a sketch! Anyway, here's M42 with the 16" Lightbridge with an Optiluxe 50mm unfiltered:

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

I'm still practicing on the digitizing, I have only done a few but it portrays the view pretty nicely

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:12 PM

While I haven't digitized the other sketches yet, I still have them in their original, reversed form. This one is of M33, the Triangulum galaxy. I have not really studied the Triangulum galaxy before, so probably you have seen more with a smaller scope. If I had known where else to be looking, I would most certainly have saw more.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:16 PM

This is the last sketch, of the heart of the Orion Nebula, the Trapezium. There was so much structure in the nebulosity that I did not attempt to sketch it. Rather, this was to show how many stars I could see in it. I might possibly have seen the G star (check out Burnham's Celestial Handbook) but I was not 100% sure. Also note that this sky was rated 10/10 for seeing.

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