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Quote:Remember, the whole idea on observing Pluto is the thrill of the hunt.Rich (RLTYS)
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Quote:This is a very interesting image - and the first Ive ever seen where the image is blown up to that degree. Its really quite engaging. It'd be neat if the color from the upcoming sat view was spot on with what you've recorded. Its interesting that the stars which are effectively point sources to a Tekescope appear different than Pluto which subtended a greater angle even if it too was unresolved in this sense.Pete
Quote:Quote:This is a very interesting image - and the first Ive ever seen where the image is blown up to that degree. Its really quite engaging. It'd be neat if the color from the upcoming sat view was spot on with what you've recorded. Its interesting that the stars which are effectively point sources to a Tekescope appear different than Pluto which subtended a greater angle even if it too was unresolved in this sense.Pete Does that mean its good? I'm not sure what that means honestly.
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Quote:Is anyone planning to hunt for Pluto this summer and what maps or information are you going to use for finding the former planet?
Quote:As of last night, add me to the list of those who have seen Pluto with an 8-inch SCT. I used both of the star charts in S&T, Jun'13, p 52-53, and in Astronomy, Jul'13, p 62-63, to locate it. Afterwards I used Stellarium to confirm the background starfield that I had crudely sketched. It was just a faint dot of light, but one that gave me satisfaction.
Quote:... If it was fun finding Pluto the first time, then you will really enjoy taking that sketch out again and seeing how much it has moved in a day or two. That conformation is much more fun for me than the initial finding of this former planet.
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Quote:As can be seen Pluto is a very dim 14.1 magnitude and there is no way an amateur telescope can resolve a disc from such a faint object.
Quote:I just spent the last 10 days trying to image Pluto. I discussed my experience in the video astronomy forum here on CN because I was using a mallincam. I used my CPC 1100 and present here,two screen captures that i have annotated to show Pluto's movement across an arc minute or two of star field. Pluto image