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#1 AllanDystrup

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:21 AM

So, what are you guys doing, astronomy wise, with all your classic telescopes ?

For me, at ~56dg N lat, it's mostly the sun these days; Here's a shot of sunspot AR2121 from today, with my Zeiss 63/840 Telemator. I didn't take a picture of that setup, but I enclose a pic from yesterday of my small Zeiss 50/540 on a Unitron EQ-mount, doing a realtime spectrum of the sun. This is a preparation for playing with my classics and some star spectra, when the nights gets dark again.

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#2 Bomber Bob

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:38 AM

Like the sunspot shot!! Project #1013 for me is converting my 4348 (50x600) to a Sun scope...

I spent most of the past 5 months imaging Jupiter, Mars, & Saturn. Now, I'm building a 4" Jaegers RFT. My observing is very casual - haven't even attempted to sketch Saturn yet.

#3 Geo31

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

So, what are you guys doing, astronomy wise, with all your classic telescopes ?


Lately, just dusting them. :(

Going to be mostly that way for a while I'm afraid. However, after the new house is built (edge of yellow/green zone) that should change in a very positive direction. :)

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:38 AM

I was almost out the door with my 1955 Unitron #114 and Unitron Hersheil wedge this morning to check out the latest spots but the clouds rolled in and I was foiled again! Drat! I did get the #128 out the other morning with the Baader over aperture filter and the Coronado Fe XIV and Baader continuum filters and had a lot of fun. One or the other of mine are out whenever I get the chance.
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 11:40 AM

Just last night I had the 12.5" out for a wonderful night of observing. I sketched the Swan Nebula (M17), it was a very nice view.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:11 PM

Ready to head off to a local star party in New Mexico tomorrow (public observing in Oliver Lee State Park) with my 5" f/5 Jaegers refractor on a now classic Astro-Physics 400 mount. Scope offers great views of wide field objects such as the Veil and North American Nebula with a 35 mm Panoptic eyepiece and OIII filter.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

Humm, it was the correct orientation in my picture viewer :shocked:

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:23 PM

That is a nice-looking rig, no matter what direction it is pointed at!

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

Last night I was out until midnight with the Mayflower 80mm and the Unitron 60mm, observing double stars in Draco and Cygnus (along with a few Messiers and Saturn thrown in). The transparency was 9/10 with the Milky Way looking as good as it gets from south San Jose, but the seeing was only ~4-5 on the Pickering scale.

Delta Cyg, while being quite easy last week with the 80mm, was a little difficult last night since the B star is right on the first diffraction ring, and the seeing was messing with it. Mu, Nu, and 16/17 Draco, and 61 Cyg were very nice.

I tried Delta Cyg with the Unitron 60mm but could not split the double. The seeing was just not good enough, so I'll try again on a night with better seeing. I did split Izar earlier in the year with the Unitron 114, so I know I'll conquer Delta Cyg as well.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing with the Classic Observations.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:27 PM

I was observing that I have too many classic scopes.

#11 AllanDystrup

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:37 AM

Like the sunspot shot!!

Thanks BB, -- here's a link to my recent AVI of AR2121 -- shot at high noon, so there's a good deal of air turbulence, but still...

Link AR2121 AVI


I'd like to see more pictures of the classics in action, -- always interested in your observation targets with small refractors, would love to hear more about JW's solar scope project, see Justin's sketches, hear about Terra's H-alpha setup (I plan to travel down that road, sometime in the future).

Here's a pic of my Telemator rig from early this morning, looking at a spectrum of Vega...

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#12 AllanDystrup

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:49 AM

I was observing that I have too many classic scopes.


Well, what to do, when you can't see the sky for scopes...
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

That's a real problem. Taking over rooms, stacked up like cord wood.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

Here is an image from one of our public nights ..

This is my 76.2mm f/15.7 (Royal Astro) Tasco 10TE with a visitor at the eyepiece observing the moon

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:33 PM

Here's my 85mm f/19 Zeiss A apochromat looking at Jupiter a few months ago:

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The scope is 111 years old and still going strong. I use it regularly for solar observing, for which it is ideally suited.


Clear skies!
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:38 PM

Wonderful rig Frank !
A good, solid, adjustable tripod, a fine EQ Mount head, and a beautiful long, sharp achro, pointing at the night sky...
It really doesn't get any better than that :bow:
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

Ditto with your antique Zeiss, Thomas...
I'd like to get a chance to observe with you and that classic scope, some day (night)!
Allan

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:40 PM

Hello Allan,

I watch everything, I can put my finger on. Now, I have almost solely only classic scopes in my possesion (not counting my own lens - but even this could be considered classic, as it is f/20 82mm oil dublet). This spring Mars and Jupiter were my particular targets


http://www-hep2.fzu...._20140417_20...

http://www-hep2.fzu....ter_20140314...

Other solar objects have been fun as well:

http://www-hep2.fzu....ig/C_2012K1.jpg
http://www-hep2.fzu...._20140505_18...

Still, I feel mostly a DSO guy and this is my main focus. I don't care if I observe with "just" 63mm Telementor, or my largest almost 90 years old AS110/1650 which sits in my observatory. Here are some sketches from this year:

http://www-hep2.fzu....rig/ngc3242.jpg
http://www-hep2.fzu....ic/orig/m66.jpg
http://www-hep2.fzu....ic/orig/m42.jpg
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

Great sketches Sasa! Just wonderful! I enjoyed looking at them.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:53 PM

Thanks Terra, more (in fact all) can be found on my web page, including the observational logbook, but this one is only in Czech, sorry.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:06 PM

I'd like to get a chance to observe with you and that classic scope, some day (night)!



We'll work out how to set up a meeting some day/night. I really would like to give you the opportunity to try the old Zeiss, as a fellow connoiseur.


Clear skies!
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:02 PM

Wonderful rig Frank !
A good, solid, adjustable tripod, a fine EQ Mount head, and a beautiful long, sharp achro, pointing at the night sky...
It really doesn't get any better than that :bow:
Allan


Thank you Allan.

The 76.2mm is my favorite telescope for Public events.

Visitors are always commenting on "how sharp" the images are with this telescope.

Many have also said that this is what a telescope "should" look like.

To the publics eyes I guess Newtonians and SCT's do not look like real telescopes .. :lol:

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:06 PM

Here's my 85mm f/19 Zeiss A apochromat looking at Jupiter a few months ago:

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The scope is 111 years old and still going strong. I use it regularly for solar observing, for which it is ideally suited.


That Zeiss is a Super nice telescope :like:

#24 Astrojensen

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

To the publics eyes I guess Newtonians and SCT's do not look like real telescopes ..



Wait, you mean they ARE real telescopes? :shocked:

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Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

That Zeiss is a Super nice telescope



It is. It was a gift from an old friend, who passed away some years ago. I will never sell it, but in due time, I will pass it on to a worthy young amateur, like I was when it was passed on to me.


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