Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
"Warning: Objects in telescope are farther than they appear"
Orion XT8 SkyQuest, 10x50 Orion Scenix
Amateur astronomer since June 2011
Quote:Cluster NGC 6802 at the right tip of the Coat Hanger (if viewed with hanger 'correct side up'). The pair provides a neat depth-of-field.
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Vixen 140mm Neo-achro, 2" AP Maxbright diagonal, 40mm Orion Optilux, 35mm, 30mm, 18mm, and 15mm Ultrascopic/Ultima, 28mm & 20mm ES 68, 19mm TV Panoptic, 5.5mm Meade UWA, 2.4x 2" Dakin barlow (prototype barrel),1.6x Antares barlow.
Quote:In some sense, all DSOs are underrated since only a very small portion of the world's population ever gets a chance to enjoy them. But in terms of the general public, I have to think the Crab Nebula is one of the best known but underwhelming at the eyepiece in comparison to other well know DSOs like Andromeda, the Pleiades, the Great Nebula in Orion, the Hercules Cluster... First timers and non observers find these can be quite awesome in most any scope.. The Crab Nebula generally is more of a "that's it?"Jon
Quote:M40, enough said there.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:The *Blinking Planetary* in Cygnus since 1. It does no such thing, 2. Any number of averted vision sensitive deepsky objects will appear to vanish and reappear given proper or improper attention.
Its just a nice fairly bright planetary with an easy central star. That's all.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Quote:Quote:The *Blinking Planetary* in Cygnus since 1. It does no such thing, 2. Any number of averted vision sensitive deepsky objects will appear to vanish and reappear given proper or improper attention.Its just a nice fairly bright planetary with an easy central star. That's all.I will strongly disagree with this statement. While other planetary nebulashow show the "blinking" effect in my 8" scope, it is far more pronouncedand obvious with NGC 6826 than any other I have seen.
Quote:The *Blinking Planetary* in Cygnus since 1. It does no such thing, 2. Any number of averted vision sensitive deepsky objects will appear to vanish and reappear given proper or improper attention.Its just a nice fairly bright planetary with an easy central star. That's all.
Time spent looking at the stars is added to your life
Bashful, Misty, and little Ralphie - my heavenly stars
A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:I find M 31 to be disappointing.
I'd rather be driving my .
Quote:I find M 31 to be disappointing. Looked at it through a 24" Dob two weekends ago, looked the same as with my 16" Dob, just bigger.
Quote:I will strongly disagree with this statement. While other planetary nebula show the "blinking" effect in my 8" scope, it is far more pronounced and obvious with NGC 6826 than any other I have seen.
Quote:I don't find M31 all that disappointing. The main problem with it is that it is so big and that to see all of its detail requires a lot of study at a sort of "magic power" that you have to find yourself. For so many years, I never saw the dust lanes in M31 until I increased the power by accident one time. Then, the became rather obvious, even in my 9.25 inch SCT. My magic power for that scope was with my 14mm Ultrawide eyepiece (168x), although the dust lanes also showed up well at only 98x. Indeed, my 14 inch shows dark knots in the edges of the large arm that passes below the core region at around 134x, so the galaxy is hardly devoid of detail. It just takes a little study, that's all. Clear skies to you.
Quote:Heresy! No DSO is over-rated!
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
Quote:Quote:I find M 31 to be disappointing.M31 is a tough galaxy to observe. It's intriguing that something so big and bright shows so much less detail than much smaller and fainter M33.
Rob 18" f/4.3 Starmaster 8" Meade LX200 Classic Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars
Quote:The one that comes instantly to my mind is the Horsehead Nebula. So much effort is expended seeing it, and the view is bland even with a large telescope and a Hydrogen-Beta filter at a dark site.My two criteria for what makes an object worthwhile to spend time on are either aesthetic beauty or astrophysical interest. Many of our favorite objects like M51 and M42 have both going for them. I can't get enough of the Veil Nebula, which is exceedingly beautiful, but of little astrophysical interest. The Crab Nebula currently has been written about in 4328 papers, so it's a worthy target despite it's faintness. Then there's the Horsehead Nebula, whose fascination is apparently that it looks cool in images.Tom
Quote:Then look at M31 with a big bino or RFT.
DJ Eastern Missouri, USA Bushnell 8x42's, SV80ed, Nexstar 130SLT, C5+, 8" LX200 Classic, 10" f/7 Cave, Orion XT10 w/Moonlite focuser