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#1 Michael Rapp

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 06:29 PM

In the Spring 2013 issue of Amateur Astronomy Magazine, writer Robert Reeves makes this observation, "One can see more detail on the Moon through a pair of binoculars than can be seen on the other solar planets through the best telescopes (p. 42)."

I thought that was an interesting way of thinking about it.

#2 nirvanix

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

Conversely the moon is one of the best targets for a high power telescope! When the seeing is good I go big on mag and pretend I'm in a lunar orbiter. Don't we all? :p

I think it was Monday night that I had good seeing early evening - it was 1 day short of 1st quarter. Popped in a 3mm for 416x and cruised over the surface. Thought I was going to land inside of Theophilus.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:57 PM

I like to refer to high powered close-in lunar observing as "kicking up dust on the lunar surface." Nothing else really compares to it.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:57 PM

I like to refer to high powered close-in lunar observing as "kicking up dust on the lunar surface." Nothing else really compares to it.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:37 PM

I will admit one of the primary reasons I bought an ETX-125 many years ago was to use the hand paddle to "fly" over the lunar surface.

(Of course, the stock ETX mount being as jerky and backlashy as it was, this had to wait until I deforked it and put it on its current LXD-75 mount to be realized!)

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:05 AM

A ha, I knew all y'all were doing it. ;)

Let's see Robert Reeves kick up dust with binoculars! :p

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:18 AM

Conversely the moon is one of the best targets for a high power telescope! When the seeing is good I go big on mag and pretend I'm in a lunar orbiter. Don't we all? :p


Yep! And 100-degrees is fun too!
Ground control to Major Tom... :D

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:32 AM

When the seeing is good I go big on mag and pretend I'm in a lunar orbiter. Don't we all?



Try this with binoviewers on a high-end, super-sharp telescope and you're in for a really interesting experience!


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:31 AM

When the seeing is good I go big on mag and pretend I'm in a lunar orbiter. Don't we all?



Try this with binoviewers on a high-end, super-sharp telescope and you're in for a really interesting experience!


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


Might have to wear a seatbelt?! :lol:

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:28 PM

Or take Dramamine.






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