4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
Quote:If I am able to distinguish the bands on Jupiter, the rings on saturn, some of the sattelites, find some nebulae and star clusters, and be able to split some doubles which will show their color difference right into my eye I think I'd be happy.
Tony Flanders First and foremost observing love: naked eye. Second, binoculars. Last but not least, telescopes. And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Well let's see hear I'd like to finish this off by comparing the amount of stars we can cover with one hand, naturally in theory only. My hand's on the small side and if I hold it up high it will end blocking on average 5 stars. I heard Betelgeuse is *BLEEP* about this so be careful around him.
Quote:http://stellarium.org/img/screenshots/0.10-bortle.jpgyour darkness conditions, and what can you see?
Quote:This was at about 9:30PM local time. It is cloudy now and the mornings are better because many lights which stay on until midnight are finally off. In the morning I estimate that I can see a hundred or so stars with the naked eye.
Quote:Obin, I think our conditions are similar. I think I'm going to look at living in a white zone as a challenge rather than focus on the negative side too much.
Quote:I grew up outside of Providence which is supposedly a red zone on the map, but is definitely not significantly better than my current white zone. Hale-Bopp was an incredible dissapointment just looked like a star and couldn't make out a tail at all.
Quote:I later lived in the Berkshires on the NY line ... there was not an impressive amount of stars in the night sky and I never saw the Milky Way there.
Quote:I'm looking to purchase some books are there any particular ones you recommend for white zone people?
Quote:I think I was a bad observer in VT because there was a ton of stars there, but didn't see the milky way.
Quote:Yeah Hale-Bopp ticked me off because I was reading the papers about all these great observations and didn't see all that much from where I was.
Quote:Oh well, maybe Ison will be better for me.
Quote:One possible explanation for the aforementioned mysteries was perhaps I needed glasses a lot earlier than I got them?
Quote:Around 11pm at roughly zenith at 37.5 north I found this beautiful yellow star with glasses on. When I took my glasses back off I couldn't see anything there at all. I'm guessing this star is between Mag 5-6, although it could be as low as 4.5 I'm still learning this stuff.
Quote:As for VT I was well adapted I was hanging out some nights with my girlfriend at the time to watch the August meteor showers.
Quote:The yellow/orange star I'm seeing is definitely a star I've seen it multiple times with glasses now, same location. I can rule out Betelgeuse and mars, but that's about it.
Quote:Obin, I went out at 10pm your time to do a count under an almost full moon. Without the full moon, I'd say the weather would be ideal. I just did a count of the bright stars that I can see sans glasses rather than take a long time getting dark adapted and all that. I counted a 102 stars. Not great, but not awful considering it's still early here. I can only barely see delphinus tonight and probably wouldn't have recognized it at all if I hadn't known where to look for it. I also found I think another one which looks either like a W or an M and is getting close to zenith. It's a pretty big one, much bigger than delphinus.
Quote: Wonder if you could help me with something...I'm looking at two telescopes currently one is an 8" celestron SE with no accesories and the cheap stand (I understand it isn't great anyways) and the other is the 9.25 xlt with a strong tripod and several different lenses, laser collimator the basic accesories essentially. I can get the 8se for 1400 shipped or the 9.25 xlt for 2100 shipped. I've decided I'm not going to factor in weight, hopefully a heavy telescope will bulk me up. Neither would be a grab and go.I'll take a look at the sky here later if you're interested at all, I think it may have clouded over though.