Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
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150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
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I am curious to know the highest magnifications you all have managed on planets, and the best details you have been able to glean. It would be nice to know what light pollution and seeing were like at the time.
I'm kind of limited here by light pollution & eyepieces personally, and I'm using my imagination to fill in for Mars' polar caps, Venus's clouds, the division in Saturn's rings, etc. Just wondering what you all are seeing.
8 f7.62 eq.
12 f5 Dob
Barly my 10 yr old faithful Bichon pup.
I want to do more then just look.
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Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:500-700x...you've been stacking Barlows on end, eh? That's very impressive. I haven't had much success at 266x; Jupiter's cloud bands start to run in on each other & mars remains featureless. I've read that 200-240 is the most practical magnification for a typical night.I'm interested to know whether anyone has any advice for achieving those views (other than waiting for a clear night...). And thanks, Sam -- a 6mm is in my near future.
Quote:it boggles my mind how anyone can get over x200 on jupiter looks blurry at x200 for me, (x150 is best for me) saturn looks awesome at x45 x85 x135 x200... who ami kidding, saturn is immune to magnification it seems, it always looks goodmars, i dono what i am doing wrong but x150 is the mosti can go on it, then it just gets blurry after thatmy vision is ultra perfect, so i guess thats why everything looks blurry to me? its kind of ironic...
Quote:If you cannot get a good image at 27x to 35x per inch, as Dave mentions, first place to look is the seeing conditions.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Bryan Stone Past President, NSAAC (North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club) Visual Astronomer with: "GoldenEye" XT8 Classic, flocked, Moonlite CR2(Gold), Telrad, 1st Base mount Serial #001 "Night Hawk" SV 80mm f/7 Aplanat on M1/GNG TV 11NT6, 32P, 1.8xB, Pentax XF 8.5 ES 82 N2 6.7, GSO SV 30, UO KII 16 Lumicon OIII,Orion Ultrablock, Moon Filter, 4 color filters, 25mm Sirius P, 10x50 Explorer Binocs, Celestron broadband filter,Tectron collimation tools, Pelican 1500 Divider Case, StarDust chair
Quote:According to what it says on the box, you could have gone even higher!!!
Quote:I once got Mars up to 719x and still was able to resolve the polar cap and the greenish regions.Saturn for me topped out at 575x.Jupiter has been tougher, only permitting me to get it to 313x or 400x at most.Neptune and Uranus allowed me to enlarge them up to 719x and still see a defined circumference (limb), and Neptune permitted a blow up to 920x, although it was definitely soft-looking.
Orion Starblast 4.5 inch reflector
Rokinon 8x42 Binos
Nikon Aculon 7x35 Binos
The Mass of Uranus is 86,810,300,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Quote:Quote:I once got Mars up to 719x and still was able to resolve the polar cap and the greenish regions.Saturn for me topped out at 575x.Jupiter has been tougher, only permitting me to get it to 313x or 400x at most.Neptune and Uranus allowed me to enlarge them up to 719x and still see a defined circumference (limb), and Neptune permitted a blow up to 920x, although it was definitely soft-looking. So I need a 719x telescope to see Mars or Uranus? No problem. I just need a 4mm eyepiece with 2x and 5x barlows in Celestron Firstscope for 750x.
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Scopes: 10" dob, 13" dob, 4" refractor
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Jimmy Celestron 1100 CPC f/10 SCT Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor on CG-5 mount Celestron 130mm f/5 Newtonian on Lxd55 mount Orion 120mm f/5 Refractor Meade 80mm f/11 Refractor Orion Short Tube 80mm f/5 Refractor Lunt 60mm double stack on IOptron Coronado PST double stack on IOptron mount Mallincam Xtreme, Mallincam SSI, Samsung 2000, Celestron Skyris & Meade DSI II color cameras
Quote:Although I am not new at observing DSO's, I am new at planetary observing. When you talk of 27x per aperture or plain 200x, what is the "X" and how do I find it for my 6. Inch refractor? I only do imaging now and would be using a Samsung 2000 camera. I also have a 2x and a 3x Barlow. Thanks.Jim
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