Orion AstroView 6" Newtonian
Explore Scientific 24 mm [68°], 14 mm and 8.8 mm [82°]
Explore Scientific 2x focal extender
Stellarvue SV70ED, UA DwarfStar, Oberwerk / AstroTech AT80EDT, AT Voyager / Celestron C6XLT, AT Voyager / Meade 8" LightBridge / Vixen VMC 110L (Baader Solar Film), Porta II / Celestron Nexstar 102GT, ES Twilight I / Oberwerk 20x80 DIII, Orion 10x50 Resolux
"Starman" Dan Doyle
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Central Texas Astronomical Society
8" LX200GPS w/ST80 guidescope, Canon 350D+DSI Pro
150mm f/8 Sky Watcher Refractor
10" f/4.5 Homemade Dob RV-6 Criterion Dynascope http://www.darcstarobservatory.webs.com
Quote:Our club's mailing list has a discussion going on about observing at our dark-sky sites. A few have reported hearing noises from the trees or bushes and not knowing what might be causing the noise since, of course, it's very dark. There are bobcats in those areas, black bears are becoming more common and there are lots of dear in Ohio. So, fending off mosquitoes is one thing, but black bears?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
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
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:The only two North American critters I would have any concern about at a remote site would be grizzly bears and cougars,
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:Quote:The only two North American critters I would have any concern about at a remote site would be grizzly bears and cougars, Black bears have also been known to kill people.
Quote: but black bears? I guess going in a group is one option and staying in the middle of the group.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob
Quote:So have rattlesnakes, scorpions, bees, and of course domestic dogs. All of these are small threats compared to, say, getting struck by lightning, however.
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
I ache, therefore I am
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
Quote:Our club's mailing list has a discussion going on about observing at our dark-sky sites. A few have reported hearing noises from the trees or bushes and not knowing what might be causing the noise since, of course, it's very dark. There are bobcats in those areas, black bears are becoming more common and there are lots of dear in Ohio. So, fending off mosquitoes is one thing, but black bears? I guess going in a group is one option and staying in the middle of the group.
Quote:To get back to the thread topic. Any ideas which of the creatures discussed might be able to SEE DSOs?
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:My vote would be for owls. Tawny owls have a 13mm pupil, and the image on their retina is twice as bright as ours, so they could see DSOs
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Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
10" f5.6 Bartels Dob Celestron NexStar 8SE Orion ST120 Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED Celestron 102GT Edmund 4 1/4" Palomar Jr. (Thanks, Dad. I'll never forget) Twilight I & Oberwerks Tall Agena 38mm SWA Konig II 32mm 2", GR Konig 6.7mm ES 24mm 68*, 11mm 82* Meade 20mm RG WA Baader Hyperion 17mm, 13mm, 8mm Meade 7mm RG Ortho SkySafari Pro w/SkyFi
Quote:I would love to have owl vision (during observing sessions), aside from the large pupil size, they are truly color blind having only have rods in their eyes making their dim light acuity infinitely sharper than ours.
Celestron C9.25-S CG-5 mount Explore Scientific ED80 CG-4 Complete set of ES 82's Canon T1i LS60THa
Z8 | C6 | C102 | C90 | ST80
Dobson | CG4 | DwarfStar & Manf 055XDB | Manf 3232 Swivel Tilt & Oben ACM-2400
C Skymaster 8x56 | Z Emerge 7x30 | Bushnell Xtra Wide 5x25
Quote:I see a few favorable comments on deer here. They carry what I am most fearful of: ticks. A cousin of mine got Lyme disease. I think I might prefer being eaten by a bear.
Quote:...moral of the story: Always go viewing with someone slower then you......
SyedTeeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. - Mark Russell
Quote: It appears he DOES look at DSO's!
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack