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#1 stevecoe


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:12 PM

Howdy all;

Here are some observations with my ED 80. This was from an excellent night among the pine trees in northern Arizona.

Vixen ED 80 f/7.5 refractor 25 June 2014
Seeing=6/10 Transparency=7/10
Fredericksen's Meadow, 40 miles from Flagstaff, Az

M 4 8.8mm EP bright, large, irregularly round, central bar
is seen easily. I can resolve 18 stars with direct vision and
another 10 are added with averted vision. Averted vision also
makes this globular larger and more prominent.

M 7 14mm Very bright, very large, not compressed. There are
34 stars resolved, including a wide double in the center. There
is a dark oval to the south of the cluster. I believe it has a
Barnard number, I need to do some research.

M 6 14mm Bright, large, somewhat compressed. 48 stars resolved,
including seveal lovely curved chains. BM Sco is a light
orange in color. This cluster is a favorite.

The Stem of the Pipe Nebula 27mm Panoptic This dark area fills
the field of view with bright and dark contrast. There are
several of these dark areas that contain no stars at all!

M 8 27mm Panoptic Very bright, very large, irregular figure,
22 stars are involved in a bright oval nebulosity. It is
divided by the dark lane that gives it the name "Lagoon".
This dark lane is more prominent with averted vision. This
field of view shows many light and dark features. I find
it fascinating. Raising the power with the 14mm UWA and a
UHC filter shows nebulosity throughout the field of view and
the dark lane has much contrast. In the bright area of
the Lagoon is the "hourglass", an elongated and small
area of even brighter nebulosity. Lots of see here.

M 17 14mm and UHC filter Bright, pretty large, very irregular
figure with 8 stars involved. The Checkmark or Swan feature
is prominent with the filter in place. Raising the power
with an 8.8mm UWA and no filter provides a good view. The
faint outer regions of nebulosity are just seen and there are
22 stars involved. Averted vision shows several dark lanes
within the brighter area of this nebula. A great view of
an old favorite.

M 24 35mm Extremely bright, extremely large, elongated
2.5 X 1 and very rich in stars. The two Barnard dark nebulae
on the northern edge are prominent on a good night like
this. The Small Sagittarius Star Cloud is easily naked
eye and in the telescope shows many chains of stars across
it's face. Even with my widest field eyepiece this huge
object is over 80% of the field of view. I look at it
every Summer and it still amazes me.

Steve Coe

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 04:14 AM

Great observations.
I envy those skies in Arizona.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:18 AM

I enjoyed the "trip." Thanks for reminding me to take closer looks to familiar objects, as they have so much to offer.

#4 stevecoe


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:03 AM


I know that I do spend time with old favorites, but the ED 80 is new to me and I am enjoying some imaging and viewing with it.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:05 AM

Whatever instrument we use, we can take a quick casual look or observe more in depth. I typically tend to do the former, but I know that the latter is better: I can use a reminder!
I used to have the Vixen 80ED, one of my first scopes, in fact, and I enjoyed it thoroughly in many different ways.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:03 PM

Thank you Steve for the nice tour!

I don't have an ED80, but my 85mm refractor is my favorite scope for trips to dark sky sites. ;)

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