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
150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
"People say I'm in denial. I disagree."
NexStar 8SE; Stellarvue SVR90T; Celestron 102GT; Orion ST80 Orion 9x63, Oberwerk 15x70 binos And there they still stood, obscurely commemorating man's triumph over time and matter and the triumph of time and matter over man. -- Aldous Huxley, on the Mayan stelae at the Quirigua ruins
Quote:Once, I imagined I saw pink color in the Orion nebula. With a 90mm refractor. I've noticed since then that I can see it in the general sky background. Maybe I'm just an optimist with rose-tinted retinas.
Quote:It is not at all unusual for an observer to "see" what he anticipates he will, or hopes he can. "Glimpsing" a faint comet, or something like a very faint variable star seemingly at the very threshold of detection in the scope (that really isn't visible at all in that aperture) is quite common, particularly among overly enthusiastic observers. I often get impression that certain deep sky observer's observations reflect a strong influence from having seen, or studied, images of an object's appearance prior to going to the eyepiece. Reports of features/detail "seen" with say a 4" that are in fact threshold in a 20" turn up on-line all the time.
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~