Cheers and Clear Skies! Larry If blocks are blue tonight, I'm probably not online Celestar C8,Celestron G5 40mm and 7.5mm Celestron Plossls, 25mm Celestron SMA 12.5mm, 9mm and 6mm Astro-Tech LR 24mm, 20mm and 16mm Explore Scientific 68* Celestron 2X Barlow, ES 3X Focal Extender Celestron 15X70 Porro Prism, Pentax 8x42 Roof Prism two eyes, 1/2 a brain!
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
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
Crazy ATM 6" F9.4 Newtonian first light July 2011 8" F/5.6 Dob, first light June 2003 12.5" F/5 Dob, first light Aug 2007, as well as 9- 4" f/6 mirrors. In progress:12" f/7 on quartz, 18" F/5 on BVC, and a set of 3-8" optical flats All optics by yours truly.
Quote:The Seven Daughters of Atlas. The nebulosity just awes me. Its prominence can vary from one night to another...
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
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 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Author of "What's Up" articles for CN Author "Touching the Universe" iUniverse Author "Deep Sky Observing" Springer Author "Nebulae and How to Observe Them" Springer 8" Celestron SCT and Vixen ED 80 on a CGEM Canon T2i camera and lenses for piggybacking
Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois
DJ Eastern Missouri, USA Bushnell 8x42's, SV80ed, Nexstar 130SLT, C5+, 8" LX200 Classic, 10" f/7 Cave, Orion XT10 w/Moonlite focuser
Quote:The summer Milky Way from a dark site.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
Z8 | C6 | C102 | C90 | ST80
Dobson | CG4 | DwarfStar & Manf 055XDB | Manf 3232 Swivel Tilt & Oben ACM-2400
C Skymaster 8x56 | Z Emerge 7x30 | Bushnell Xtra Wide 5x25
Quote:We will take a break from observing around midnight and have a snack. So, here we are surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of equipment and just sitting there oogling whatever is overhead.
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Quote:Tony, et al;My observing buddy of 34 years, AJ Crayon, and I marvel at the night sky every time we go out. We will take a break from observing around midnight and have a snack. So, here we are surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of equipment and just sitting there oogling whatever is overhead. It is still enjoyable to marvel at our beautiful universe. We often find ourselves discussing how amazing it all is and the fact that we are here to be amazed.Lots of fun;Steve Coe
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;
Quote:What objects at the start of a new season make you drool? A few weeks ago I observed M17 for the first time this year and it really got to me. I love galaxies but this showpiece emission nebula can unfairly consume my observing time. From 82x to 288x, no filter, UHC or OIII, the detail and amount of variety puts this beauty in my top 5 list of favorite objects.Autumn: M33 and M31Winter: M42Spring: M51 and M104What are some of the objects that make you call people to your scope each season?
Quote:M27: part of it was that I never used a high-enough magnification to really see the small ropy tendrils well, or the "berm" that surrounds much of the nebula. My best view in the 12.5" was at 304X.M17/M16: Using a Lumicon O-III filter at 140X, I was able to chase the nebula all the way to M16, revealing (as few photos do) that M17 and M16 are merely bright spots in the same nebula. M17, without filter, displays amazing details at 304X.M71: Shaped like an arrowhead (or angelfish, depending on orientation), this star cluster is magnificent at 228X or 304X in my scope.It's fully resolved and so rich! And the field it sits in has to be almost as crowded as NGC6603 in M24.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Celestron C11 Edge / Paramount MX
Innovations Foresight On-axis Guider (ONAG) Orion SSAG and PhD guiding
Atik 383L+ mono and EFW2 ; Baader LRGB filters
Deep Sky Stacker; NIH ImageJ; Regim; IRIS
my astrobin gallery
Astro-Physics 130 GT Half Hitch Nova 5mm Tak LE 18mm Tak LE 27mm Pan