Michael ATM: 6" F/9 Newtonian Travel Scope ATM: 12.5" F/4.5 Real Soon Now...
Quote:If you have experience with big scopes, at what size do you think DSOs become spectacular?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote: at what size do you think DSOs become spectacular?
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS
Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue
Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300
Messier Certificate # 2508
My Images: http://www.astrophotogallery.org/u342-hfjacinto.html
Quote:The astronomy club meeting I went to was CAAS.
Quote:I'm getting the sense from all these replies that I will need dark skies and long, repeated viewing times to get the spectacular views I am searching for.Is there a way to train the eye and brain for viewing? Is the trick to seeing details in galaxies and nebulae simply to spend a lot of time watching them, or are there specific viewing techniques that help either in seeing or in speeding up the training process?Gary
Skip Celestron NexStar 6SE Orion SkyQuest XT10i Intelliscope Lots of cheap (inexpensive) glass and a bunch of other astro-stuff. Fort Worth Astronomical Society Austin Astronomical Society
François C8 f/10, lunt 102 mm f/7 ED. SkyWatcher 12" f/5. pentax XW 40, 30,10 delos 14, 8, 6, 4.5. Vixen lvw 22 Brandon 12, 8 TV 2x barlow Closer and closer to the ideal eyepiece collection, but never reaching perfection
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
Quote:Aperture is never the best substitute for dark skies.
From a green zone, i can see M51 in my finderscope but that galaxy is invisible in my 8" from the city.
A 12" from a dark site will be a galaxy hunter tool for real.
It is my next step!
Quote:Hello, I think you're missing my point - for a lot of us, darker skies is not really an option - certainly at varying respective stages of one's life.Regards,skybsd
Or.., to have back-up plans that involve saving pennies to prepare for the appropriate time to acquire a small piece of that (what I gather to be) ever-shrinking pie
Quote:Quote:Hello, I think you're missing my point - for a lot of us, darker skies is not really an option - certainly at varying respective stages of one's life.Regards,skybsd Aperture is one's best friend in addressing light pollution so if you situation prevents traveling to dark skies, it is the best you can do... And you can always dream of the time when you will be able to make those trips. Jon