If Charles Messier had written for Sky & Telescope his column would have been "Deep Sky Blunders" Currently most used equipment: Orion 8" XTi Intelliscope dobsonian Orion 6" Starblast 6i Orion 80ED Oberwerk 15x70 Garrett Gemini 10x50 24mm Panoptic
Orion XT10g Meade LXD55 AR6 SE6 OTA
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
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
--Dawg, the Russell "Akita mani yo." Observe everything as you walk. (--Lakota) Celestron Celestar 8 Standard SCT, f10 Celestron C80ED ref., f7.5 Celestron 80mm Wide View ref., f5 Orion 120ST ref., f5 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope, Newt., f8, (c. 1962) Sears Discoverer 60mm ref., f7, (c. 1973) Celestron Ultima DX 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme 10x50 Tasco 7x35 wide
Orion XT12G Telrad Orion Q70 32mm ES 82* 8.8mm ES 82* 6.7mm ES 82* 4.7mm Baader Hyperion Mark-2 Zoom Orion Skyline GLP + finder bracket Astro-Tech 2x Barlow for 2" and 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Eyepiece Moon Filter Orion UltraBlock Narrowband Filter GPS An awesome wife that bought me the telescope! Apertura AD8 with tweakers package Celestron 15x70 Starmaster Binoculars with tripod Celestron Neximage 5 Member CFAS http://www.astrobin.com/users/billytk/
Quote:That pictuer is almost dead on with what I see in my 12" and I live in a red zone. I assume you are not expecting Hubble images?
Quote:+1 to what Billytk said above, only I am also using a a GSO (Zhummel) 10" (not 12").If my math is right, barlowing your 9mm gives you about 267X. My New England skies get real finicky over 200X and I'm wondering if part of what you are going through is an inability to get a crisp focus at too high of a magnification for current conditions.The problem with the Ring, and most DSO's, is that they are "fuzzy" in nature and it is tough to tell if you really are focused. I will usually move the scope slightly to center on a relatively bright star near the object and focus the star to a fine point, then move back onto the object without refocusing. If your "focus" star can't be focused and is a blobby boiling mess, chances are you are probably going to want to reduce your magnification until sky conditions get better (which in New Hampshire where I live might take 8 to 10 months......).If you are seeing what you have linked to, you are doing pretty well, and in time you will be able to recognize more detail. If you want to feel better about what you are seeing, point a 60mm refractor (or other scope significantly smaller than your 10" dob) at the Ring and compare that with the view through your 10". Enjoy!Peter T.
Tele Vue 102 #1321 on Vixen GPDX eq mount 35 mm & 24 mm Panoptic, 17 mm Nagler T4, 11, 9, 7 mm Nagler T6 1.8x and 2x TV Barlows
Grab-and-go: Tele Vue 76 #2003 on Gibraltar alt/az mount Pentax SMC 8-24mm zoom Nagler 3-6mm zoom
Quote:... Please don't judge me by my sup-par sketching abilities.....
Joseph 2 60mm. x 910mm.fl. Jason refractors(real glass doublets - early 60's) on eq. mounts. 70mm. x 800mm.fl. Tasco on altazmuth mount. 150mm. x 1400 Nippon reflector on gem mount (no mfg. on label). all the original stuff that was supplied by the mfg's. I really like "old school" -cause I'm 'Old School'--L.O.L. *** Also now an 8" Orion XT. *** Also an 80mm Bosma refractor, fl.904mm.
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote:I have a sketch in my signature of how the Ring Nebula looks to me in my 4" scope from a firm red zone. Please don't judge me by my sup-par sketching abilities. I think this was my first ever attempt at sketching.
Quote:I shot this with my 9.25.