"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:So, questions:- Anyone else ever feel like that? Besides binocular observers? Not that I'm not interested--rather the opposite. I _love_ binocular observing. But lately I've had a yen for small-aperture telescopic DSO chasing.
Quote:- Why'd you do it? I'm just curious. For me, it feels like my reverse aperture fever and my deep-sky interests are slowly colliding. That plus a sort of perverse desire to knowingly commit to a "suboptimal" (aperture-wise) observing program just because it sounds fun. I realize there are many variables one could optimize--aperture, portability, optical quality, etc--so which one pushed you toward small-scope observations of DSOs?
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Quote:Anyone else ever feel like that? Besides binocular observers? Not that I'm not interested--rather the opposite. I _love_ binocular observing. But lately I've had a yen for small-aperture telescopic DSO chasing.
Quote:What's the smallest instrument you've carried out a serious DSO observing program with?
Quote:Why'd you do it?
Astronomer for the People. "Taking Chaos out of the Cosmos" "There's an amazing universe all around us...EXPLORE IT!!!" So many galaxies, so little time!
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Quote:What's the smallest instrument you've carried out a serious DSO observing program with?Don't know about a "program" but for some years now I've been trying to see all (~2700) objects visible in Sky Atlas 2000.0 with a 4 inch telescope.
Quote:my friend Josh Roth is now fixated on observing with a 50-mm f/4
Quote:No mater what size telescope you use, it seems that you are looking at objects that are on the limits of what can be seen with that size scope... I came to realize there were way more objects to be seen in a small telescope than I would probably see in my lifetime.
Quote:That's one of the most serious observing programs I've ever heard of! I'd love to hear more about how it's going. Are you taking notes, sketching, etc.?
Quote:...But so back in 2008 I decided to give this Sky Atlas-thing a go but this time I'd have to sketch every object I see with the 4" scopes. One of the reasons I wanted to try is was just to see if I couldn't see something listed in the Sky Atlas! I've currently sketched roughly 250 objects and seen somewhere around 600-700 objects with three telescopes: 4.3" Tal-1 refractor, 4.5" SkyQuest and 4.7" Sky-Watcher. It is pretty decent number considering the roughly 20-30 good, clear and moonless nights we have here in Finland annually. Luckily I've been able to do 3 separate observing trips during these last five years that nearly cover all of those 250 sketches./Jake
Quote:But I also have the urge to use my smaller scopes more, such as my Galileoscope - pictured here on the streets of Helsinki last April. It was cloudy over there, but I was able to use it across the waters in Estonia. I may return to Helsinki this December.
- Mike ------------ If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot. ------------ Mallincam VSS+ iOptron Minitower Celestron 9.25 Edge HD WO EZ Touch mount Skywatcher 150/750 Newt Equinox 80 refractor Equinox 120 refractor Stellarvue M1 mount Nagler Type 4 - 12,17 and 22 and 3-6 zoom Pentax XW 7,10,30 and 40 XL Delos 14 ---
Quote:Looks good and unsurprisingly familiar! I've also got the Galileoscope but haven't used it much. Good to know there are others who enjoy observing with small telescopes as well. Hope you had good time here in Hellsinki /Jake
Mes télescopes et jumelles:
150mm F5 Newt on EQ5, 127mm Mak Cass on AZ4
Oberwerk BT70-45 and 15X70 SkyMasters
/*/-=[ Michael ]-=/*/Dark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)