Ken Fiscus Stargazing since 1980 Now observing from a green zone. Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, Skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees, new springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 Round Table EQ Platform
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Kevin Apertura 8" Dob, Pentax K-5 My Photography Website -- My Flickr
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Celestron C6 on CGE5 mount 25mm Celestron Plossl 8-24mm Televue zoom Bushnell 10x50 binocs
Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Quote:All comets are unique and I appreciate the opportunity to view them as they don't come around every day.
Carol Lakomiak, Tomahawk WIWriting Sky at Night magazine's astrosketch page since June 2009Moon Sketch TutorialSun/DSO Sketch TutorialCN GalleryPhoto Gallery
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...
Gary Zapotoczny Stellarvue Black Hawk Classic Refractor Celestron 8 SE SCT Meade ETX-80 Refractor Celestron SkyQ Wifi Module Orion Imager IV Camera Samsung SDC-435 Surveillance Camera Canon T3i Sears Diehard Portable Power 1150
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob 66mm WO SD AT 65EDQ APO Refractor Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount iOptron ZEQ25 mount Canon 60Da
Quote:I love every comet I have ever seen, even the faint telescopic ones
Quote:Hyakutake was stunning. Aquamarine color and a tail stretching 90 (?) degrees. No warning = no hype, just performance.
Quote:Quote:Hyakutake was stunning. Aquamarine color and a tail stretching 90 (?) degrees. No warning = no hype, just performance. Comet Hyakutake was my favorite comet too.Dave Mitsky
I ache, therefore I am
.... back yard astronomer ================= Don't forget to look at the moon often. Its a play ground of fun if you throttle up the magnification!
Quote:My fist telescopic observation and sketch of Hyakutake was made March 14, 1996. Two days later, I noted it as a naked eye object with a degree-and-a-half long tail. On March 22, the comet was an obvious naked eye object in Bootes and a brilliant binocular target. The best view I enjoyed was on March 27, 1996 when comet Hyakutake was very near Polaris with a tail extending through the bowl of the Big Dipper into Coma Berenices and beyond.
Hale-Bopp was spectacular in its own way. While Hyakutake was all elegance and grace, Hale-Bopp dominated the night sky. It was visible in moderate aperture more than 18 months before reaching perihelion. For several months in early 1997, Hale-Bopp was an ever-present companion. It was so impressive as to inspire me to dabble in prime focus imaging through my old 10-inch Starfinder. I recall going to Albertson's for a loaf of bread and some eggs, walking through the parking lot back to my car, and glancing casually up to see Hale-Bopp silently blazing away. It was just always there and seeing it night after night became rather mundane.
Quote:Its been a while since a decent comet has come along a d that might be part of this, but on every account this comet is so... blah. I can't motivate myself to bother looking for it as its such a drab specimen. So yes Ive panned Panstarrs.Pete
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm
Quote:Its been a while since a decent comet has come along a d that might be part of this, but on every account this comet is so... blah. I can't motivate myself to bother looking for it as its such a drab specimen. So yes Ive panned Panstarrs.
I want to do more then just look.
Quote:How about seeing Pan-STARRS as a distinct step up from C/2012 K5 (the brightest preceding comet in N Hem - Lemmon for you southeners) and not by comparing it to centuary class comets from the last millenium as it was never in a month of Sundays going to compete!