C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
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
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote:I am looking to increase my mental database of objects to locate much like Mike, mainly for the "just in case" situations.
Quote:well the technology failure would be if my palm pilot with its planetarium program. I became heavily dependent on what those in the medical field call an "accessory brain." My back pain also strongly affects my memory negatively unfortunately. At least I am no longer in practice!
- 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 ---
Author of "What's Up" articles for CN Author "Touching the Universe" iUniverse Author "Deep Sky Observing" Springer Author "Nebulae and How to Observe Them" Springer 8" Celestron SCT and Vixen ED 80 on a CGEM Canon T2i camera and lenses for piggybacking
Celestron CG-11, Orion 127 Mak, 22 trips to TSP, 5 to Okie-Tex, and thousands of nights under the stars!
Quote:I've cobbled together a number of lists over the years of different objects (carbon stars, doubles, Trumpler, Collinder, Arp, Hickson, etc. etc.) and am probably going to spend the rest of my observing life working on these. I've already observed both Herschel lists but I do try to go back whenever I'm under a good dark sky and reobserve some of the Messiers and showpiece objects that I rarely get to observe.Also after 40+ years of ignoring the Moon I've come to realize what a fantstic object it is. I'm confident I'll never run out of things to do under the night sky.
Quote:One of my ultra deepsky challenges is a Quasar in Ursa Major 3/4 the age of the universe that has a magnitude which corresponds to my standard mirror coatings limiting mag of 15v. I'd like to make that call this spring.Other ones: arms in M81Definitive sketch of m51Resolving a globular in M31 as non stellar appearingDetail in NGC5907Detail in M99, 100That's my short list anyway. I DO want to nail that Quasar . Ultimately it'd look just like a faint point of course with emphasis on the knowledge alone making most of the reward but in this case that's enough. Pre solar light - its an engaging concept!!!Pete
9mm Zhumell plossl
10mm Agena SWA
17mm, 25mm Sterling plossls
24mm ES82 30mm Zhumell wide field
TV and Knight Owl 2X barlows
Lumicon UHC and OIII filters