Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
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12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon)
Celestron C102 HD " Carl"
Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope"
Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott"
60mm Telescope Club
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Quote:Hey Andy! I've actually observed with Carol Widger at the OFLI Farm site. She and her hubby are very nice. Carol fielded a nifty little 50mm scope that night and I was using a Carton 60/1000. I hope you'll download the pdf list embedded in the article and give some of the targets a try. (Apologies in advance - the list is about 65 pages .)I should probably let the 60mm scope club crew know that the gauntlet has been thrown. - Jim
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Quote: Yes, the list assumes an experienced middle-aged, suburban observer with Mag 4.5 skies, moderately clean optics and a 38N location. The actual rating formula, though, is the one built into the SkyTools3 application, so I included it without much independent scrutiny.
Quote: I wouldn't get too wrapped around the axle on the assigned difficulty ratings, nor worry too much about missing objects or objects on the list that are too tough for small aperture. It's a big menu, but like any restaurant's menu, there are going to be dishes you like that are not offered and things you can't stand that are.
Quote: Do let us know how many of the 889 listed targets you've already seen with a 60. It will give the rest of us encouragement.
Quote: The actual rating formula, though, is the one built into the SkyTools3 application, so I included it without much independent scrutiny.
Quote: Anything that inspires folks to try out too-often underestimated small aperture on any group of targets is worthwhile.
Quote: I'm surprised that the Astro League doesn't have a 60mm observing program, long overdue.
Quote: I had planned to try some difficult solar system objects as well, such as planetary satellites and minor planets. Any interest?
Quote: More important than the "absolute" rating, however, is whether the "relativity" of the ratings is accurate.
Quote: It should be remembered that "difficulty" can be considered a moving target. Aperture aside, image scale (magnification and field of view) can play a huge role in how visible an object is. Something that is borderline in a small telescope can suddenly become almost obvious if the right eyepiece is used. One of my first "discoveries" as a rank beginner all those decades ago. It's part of the challenge.
Quote: As clearly stated in the article, this is *not* supposed to be a comprehensive list of everything you can see in a 60mm telescope
Quote: Actually perhaps flagging the errors in the list would be of assistance to the Sky Tools 3 author as the classifications are all based on the designations in the application.
17.5" Dob "Beta Version"
NP 127 on a CG-5 and CGEM DX
25x100 and assorted other binos
Naglers, Ethos and various others.