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Observations with ED 80 from Arizona

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#1 stevecoe


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 05:43 PM

Howdy all;

Before the giant storm rolled in, I did get a little observing done with my Vixen ED 80. I am very happy with the little wide field scope.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

ED 80 refractor at Antennas site, 100 miles from Phoenix
Seeing and Transparency 6 out of 10 a few clouds

Perseus Double Cluster 22mm a Wow view of a unique field.
Both clusters are bright and large, the red giant star
between the two clusters is medium orange. The two clusters
take up about 60% of the field of view and there are
several dark lanes outside the clusters. Averted vision
adds about 20 stars to the two clusters.

NGC 869 6.7mm UWA bright, large, somewhat compressed and
pretty rich. 24 stars resolved with the last 4 at the
limit of the ED 80. The little horseshoe of stars is
pretty obvious and there is a bright light yellow star
near the center of the cluster.

NGC 884 6.7mm UWA bright, large, compressed and pretty
rich. 31 stars resolved, including a triple star at the
edge of the cluster nearest to NGC 869.

Monoceros NGC 2244 and Rosette Nebula. 27mm Panoptic with
no filter. The cluster shows 14 stars resolved in two
parallel lines. The cluster is just seen naked eye as a
faint glow within the winter Milky Way. The nebulosity is
very faint and very large. It is a glow around 270 degrees
of the cluster. Averted vision makes it more prominent.
Raising the power with a 14mm UWA and a UHC filter shows
another 6 stars in the cluster. The stars that are the
center of each parallel chain are both double stars and
are easily split even at this lower power. With direct
vision the nebula is still 270 degrees around the cluster,
averted vision shows it completely surrounding the star
cluster and makes it thicker and more prominent.

Puppis M 47 14mm no filter bright, large, pretty
compressed and pretty rich. 38 stars are resolved,
including a nice matched pair on the south edge of
the cluster. A dark lanes cuts the cluster into
1/3 and 2/3 sections.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

Nice report, Steve. It gives me lots of hope with my new C80ED (nearly the same scope).

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:18 PM

It is truly amazing how much a good 80mm scope will show in dark skies. Of course what goes on between the eyepiece and the observing chair is pretty important too. :grin:

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:58 AM

Nice report!

I always have a great time observing with my TV-76. Small refractors give such crisp, satisfying, wide-field views.

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

Great observing run Steve!

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:14 PM


I took my AR102 with me on my outing a week ago last Saturday. I loved the views of M42 and that region; went after Barnard's Loop but that is for a blog entry; Rosette was nice as was several objects in Monoceros. Loved viewing the open clusters in Sirius with it also. Quite addicting.

#7 stevecoe


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:47 PM

Jay and Preston, et al;

Thanks for the nice comments. A small refractor is no easy to use and those wide fields of view are very nice.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

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