.... back yard astronomer ================= Don't forget to look at the moon often. Its a play ground of fun if you throttle up the magnification!
150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
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Quote:Four things..#1: Clear aperture for me has been the most consistent method of judging how a telescope will compare on planets. The more clear aperture, the more detailed views I have received. For planetary viewing, in my opinion, there is no real substitute for lots of clear aperture. Scope quality is important, but design is not as long as you are comparing clear aperture.#2: Binoviewers... Make far more difference to me than the type of eyepecie used. I found that eyepeice differences were often so sublte as to make it difficult to see something in one eyepeice that was not visible in another. But Binoviewers make a meaningful difference. I feel as if the eye does indeed resolve details more easily and without as much strain.#3: It does't take a lot of magnification to see a lot of detail.. In fact I think I get my best views between 200x and 300x. My most used power is 260x. Even when I use 300x, I feel like the lowest contrast detail starts to fade. Using lower powers makes these subtle wisps like festoons simply stand out more.#4: Great seeing makes it easy... But even on nights when seeing is not great (oh, you can't really use the extra aperture because of seeing dude!) I routinely see difficult detail. It takes a lot of patience (the binoviewers make it easier and detail tends to flash into view more frequently because both eyes can focus on it more quickly I think), but I almost always see more datail using my C14 than using my 6" APO. People that say that there is no point in having a larger telescope for planetary observing because of seeing perhaps lack the patience for it, or perhaps some other factor is at play, but I find that if seeing is even moderatly good, I get my best views using a bigger scope than a smaller scope, and if seeing is poor, no scope does a good job.Enjoyed your report.
Michael Rosolina Celestron CGE Pro 1400 f/11 SCT 1980 Orange Tube C8 f/10 SCT 108mm f/4.2 Astroscan Reflector 50mm f/10 Galileoscope 40mm PST f/10 APM Germany HD 15x70 binoculars Canon 12x36 IS II binoculars Mark I Eyeball My CN Gallery
Quote:Also, are you seeing much blue in the root flair of Equatorial belt Festoons?
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