14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:I observe as often as I can. If it's not too cloudy or hazy and I'm not overly tired from work, I'll be out there, more or less.
12" Dob, 4" Mak, 3" APO, PST, bunch of green eyepieces & an understanding wife.
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Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary/Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
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 D ~ TEC 6 MCT ~ XT10 (Zambuto)
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
NP-101 on a DM-6 C8 circa 1990 Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars Member IDA
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Avid reader, urban stargazer, & cigar aficionado
Quote:Here in SW Florida viewing is good year round
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
6'' Orion SkyQuest f/5 12.5" Astrotel truss dob f/3.3 20" Super FXQ Starmaster William Optics 80mm ZenithStar ED II 1850/2500 Observing sessions grand total for 2013, 49. So far in 2014, 11
Quote: Rural location here.It shouldn't be raining,snowing,clouded over completely,too cold,
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Quote:Too cold? It just got done snowing here. 5 or 6 days of no stars at all. Beautifully clear this morning, and 3 degrees F. How cold is too cold? Moonset's at 12:42 tomorrow morning.
Dob guy for sure
Quote: Too cold?
Quote:Cold? I go down to 32 without gloves. Zero is fine. Colder than that and I require a very good night. My record is minus 17. Definitely not fun, but doable.
Quote:When I first got into the hobby I would observe at any stage of the lunar cycle except for full moon. I learned over time to adjust what objects I went after depending on the cycle of the moon. My observing was mainly done in the backyard and in terms of conditions, as stated, I would observe during most phases of the moon, and I would go out in somewhat questionable cloudy conditions. I would never go out during rain or snow though (of course). Then I discovered the wonders of observing at a dark site and the vast majority of my observing now moved to dark site locations. My backyard observing became lunar and double star with some open clusters observing. The rest I kept for dark site locations. I still went to my dark sites even with cloud cover. As time went on I began to be more particular, more picking about when I would go out. To drive 45 minutes to an hour and a half to some very dark sites and set up and observe, I usually now want good transparency and good seeing or better. I won't go if it looks too cloudy and find that even for setting up in the backyard, requires good or better than good conditions. So, the question I poise is what conditions are necessary for you to drive to a dark site to observe and what conditions are necessary for you to observe from your backyard? Is there a difference?
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 Round Table EQ Platform
Orion XT8i Dob 9x50 RACI Finder TELRAD Reflex Sight Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP ES 82* 11mm, 18mm 2" ES 68* 24mm 6mm, 25mm Ortho. EP Televue 3X Barlow Filters Baader Continuum, UV/IF cut, Lumicon UHC, DGM OIII. SkySafari T-Ring and Adaptor for Olympus E-510 Oly sz-14 SteadyPix Deluxe iOptron SkyTracker 7.7lb Electro Dot Sight RD400X http://www.astrobin.com/users/NeilMac/