Quote:I've found 200x with my 8" is ideal. I can rsolve them at lower mags but the airy discs are well defined at 200x and so it looks text book. Averted vision is very important, look just a few arc seconds above the trap on the e f side of the trapezoid asterism and that's how I see them simultaneously. But as mentioned in poor seeing both can be utterly erased out of existence.Pete
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Quote:Hi all,Sorry for the long delay in posting, we've had some bad weather for a long time. Anyway, got them last night ! The moon was up, and I used my C9.25. The corrector had some dew, so I'm sure that didn't help. Used a magnification of 235x (25mm Plossl w/ 2.5x PowerMate). Pretty positive about both of them. They are a lot dimmer than I thought- but maybe the moon and a dewy corrector caused this. Went over to try it in my 6", but the secondary was literally dripping with dew, so I couldn't there. The sct corrector gradually got more dew through the night. I will say that having a tracking mount and a chair helps!
Quote:I do have a dew shield (it's an Astrozap shield), and it was on Believe it or not, it started dewing up while I was aligning the mount . I guess it takes more than a dew shield to even delay dew here.
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Quote:You just need to catch them on a moonless night with good seeing and good transparency at a dark site. Then it's easy. Mike
Quote:Quote:You just need to catch them on a moonless night with good seeing and good transparency at a dark site. Then it's easy. Mike You mean buying a car is easy if someone else pays for it? Anyway, seeing here in Mid- TN is bad at best most of the time, or so it seems. I have been trying for the last several days - the days that aren't clouded over - to see more than 4 in the Trap. I am beginning to think someone moved my house to England while I slept!
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