DJ Eastern Missouri, USA Bushnell 8x42's, SV80ed, Nexstar 130SLT, C5+, 8" LX200 Classic, 10" f/7 Cave, Orion XT10 w/Moonlite focuser
Clear skies, Erik
Visual astronomer since 1978.
Matthias Wirth 16" f/5
Takahashi FS-102 NSV on EM-10
Celestron 1983 C5
Zeiss, TeleVue and Celestron eyepieces
Nikon 18x70 IF-WP Zeiss Victory FL 7x42 Zeiss Victory FL 10x32
Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Quote:So I'm out viewing tonight as I got a clear night and I don't have to get up in the morning. I'm using the 6" and it appears that M108 and 97 are visable using averted vision only. I think I'm in a yellow zone. They were about 50 degrees above the horizon. So I guess I need a darker site????
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:In magnitude 6 or better I can see both with an 8" sct or reflector. I wouldnt even dream of it in a magnitude 5 sky.
Quote:M97 under mag 6.2v sky's for me seemed to max out at 120x and 70x was pretty good - both either UHC or OIII if I recall. I never never never saw the eyes though. I tried - a lot. Finally at a similar sky with a 17.5" while it was visible i stopped kicking myself for missing it with the 8".Pete
Discovery 16"f/4.5, XT12"Orion F/4.9 & Discovery 12.5"f/5.0.Axiom Set:31mm,23mm,19mm,15mm,10mm,Pentax 8.5mm XF,11MM TV Plossl,9mm UO HD, TV 13mm T2,40mm Meade Plossl,Celestron 24mm-8mm Zoom