Ross WorkmanDawson Springs, KYWest Kentucky Amateur Astronomers www.wkaa.net18" f/4.5 Frontier Dob with a Galaxy primary - Argo Navis - ServoCat 12.5" f/4.8 Frontier Dob with Sky CommanderTasco 38T 8" f/6 NewtonianCelestron Ultima 8 SCT
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
Terry Terry McInturff President, Terry C. McInturff Guitars, Inc. SkySpy 10 prototype...10" f6 dual strut dob, premium glass Various ES, TV,UO,Ultrascopic, etc eyepieces 4.250" f4 RFT Newt doubles as SkySpy "finder"
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
Cliff Mygatt Astronomical League Master Observer
Astronomical League Lunar II & Constellation Hunter programs national coordinator President, Olympic Astronomical Society Bremerton, WA
Orion XT12i Fully flocked with Zambuto Mirror, Protostar quartz secondary and Moonlite CR focuser
Meade 8" LX10 SCT Fully Flocked with Magellan I DSCs
Orion 120mm and William Optics 80mm Refractors Ethos 21mm,17mm,13mm,10mm,8mm,6mm,4.7mm,3.7mm Nagler 31mm and paracorr type 1
C-11 SCT, XT10i Dob, C-6 SCT, ETX125PE Mak-Cass, TV102, & AT66
"We the People are the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the constitution." Abraham Lincoln"
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
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Quote:What is your challenge object for this winter...
Astronomy educator/Sidewalk astronomer
Owner of Astronomy Delight franchise
18 inch f4.42 Dob on eq platform w ST120 f/5 finder
12 inch Zhumell Dob
8 inch f/6.9 home made Dob with Seevers optics
William Optics red 10th Anniversary 80mm FD
C8 XLT on Vixen GPDX
26lb eyepiece box
Cernan Space Center astronomer
Member of Northwest Suburban Astronomers
Matt 12" f/4.9 custom strut Dob 3" f/6 Edmund Scientific Newt 8x56 binos My Gallery
Quote:I've attempted the Witch Head 2 years in a row without success. I guess it's a better bino object than with a large aperture because the thing is so big. I've tried every filter I have and looked for an edge I could follow, somewhere along the brightest parts of it, but no go. I'll try again this year.
Quote:Come to rethink it. With all the clouds around here in the winter, it may be a challenge to see a single star...
6'' Orion SkyQuest f/5 12.5" Astrotel truss dob f/3.3 20" Super FXQ Starmaster William Optics 80mm ZenithStar ED II 1855/2500 Observing sessions grand total for 2013, 49. So far in 2014, 14
Quote:Flaming Star nebula IC 405 in Auriga. G and H in the trap. Simeis 147 in Auriga. I've kind of given up on the Witch head until I get to darker skies.
Chuck D. Clawson, MI, USAProud owner of: Orion XT10i w/ Moonlite focuser & ZOC mirror, Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, Celestron C5+, Meade 90mm f/11 achromat (Model #390), and some random accessories (see bio).
Quote:Buddy,You are right. Filters don't do a thing for the Witch Head. With my 16", the field is way too narrow, that's why I went for just a chunk, an edge at one of the brightest spots but no dice. Too close, too small an area, even at 38X, my field of view just isn't wide enough to grab enough sky. This is a case where smaller may be better like you say.
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Quote:Quote:What is your challenge object for this winter... Challenge object 38; Herbig-Haro 222 - The waterfall feature.Steven
Clear Skies Jimi Lowrey Fort Davis Texas 48" F/4 OMI TEC 28" F/4
Quote:11/16/12. Mid-Ohio, temp 35 degrees, clear, transparency poor/fair, dew getting heavy.
Tried for Einsteinss cross in the club's 36" last night. We located PGC 69457 without issue. First eyepiece was a 17mm Nagler at 336x - nothing. Next up was a 12mm Nagler at around 500x - nothing. The galaxy was looking better. Next was a 5mm Nagler at 1,143x. Just maybe saw something - a brightening on the southern edge of the galaxy with averted vision - probably 60-70% of the time.
We had the telescope about 20 minutes east of the meridian so this was almost as good as it was going to get for the night. If this object is visible at all in amateur instruments, then transparency has to be just about perfect.
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