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sonny.barile
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: In the middle of the glow.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5666228 - 02/06/13 11:13 PM

It is Feb 6th and freezing in NJ. (This is normal) The sky was cloudless but the seeing was terrible. The background sky appeared to be a fuzzy grayish blue and it was hard to get good contrast. I still took advantage though. The past week has been cloudy with occasional snow flurries and we have a snow storm approaching for Friday. Im glad I did brave the cold because I got to see a few things I have never seen before. M37 stood out as the most outstanding object of the night. In my NPL 30 it is like looking into a glass globe with the stars suspended in it. Sort of like a 3d blob. Also, the Christmas Tree is a great sight at low power. I spent about 20 minutes scanning all around it. Jupiter was bright but the best I could squeeze out of the conditions was with a 12.5mm lens. I tried to push it with an 8 but it just fuzzed out. The 12.5 revealed two distinct bands but not much more.
The skin on my hands started aching so I called it a night. All in all I was able to get about 1-1/2 hours of view time. I hope I get some clear skies after this weekend because there are so many beautiful Messier objects to see this time of year.

Regards
Sonny

edited because I "messed" up on my "Messier" number........

Edited by sonny.barile (02/07/13 09:16 PM)


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IanW
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Reged: 05/14/11

Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #5666274 - 02/06/13 11:50 PM

Mid summer and fantastic viewing in Auckland, NZ

Spent a balmy couple of hours searching for (and eventually finding) comet Lemmon...looks like a glob cluster from this angle.

Ian
(and his trusty Nexstar 8iSE)


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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

Loc: Queens, New Yawk, Light pollut...
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: IanW]
      #5666565 - 02/07/13 07:18 AM

Sonny, glad to see someone took advatage of the clear sky last night. I was twmpted but had other obligations.

Ian, I envy your southern skies and summer weather with a snow storm on the way here .


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5666647 - 02/07/13 08:45 AM

Thanks for the report Sonny. So good to hear you managed a few hours viewing, even if it was in bad seeing conditions.

M69 is a difficult one for me, at best it's alway low in the sky and at this time of year, barely clears the horizon. We do however, have other globular s to enjoy.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards. Peter.


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Midnight Dan
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Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Hilton, NY, Yellow Zone (Bortl...
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5666880 - 02/07/13 11:12 AM

Hi Sonny - glad to hear someone in this hemisphere is getting some observing in this winter!

Ian - Thanks for torturing us with your lovely viewing conditions!


-Dan


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sonny.barile
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: In the middle of the glow.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5667933 - 02/07/13 09:57 PM

......Im afraid I messed up on my Messier so to speak. I actually was viewing M37 and not M69.

Sonny


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #5706750 - 03/01/13 08:34 AM

So I managed to get out at last (Wed the 27th) in what can only be described as awful conditions. Apart from the odd patch, the "clear" sky was awash with that high thin cloud.

Made a start at 19.00 on Jupiter. Even in the conditions it gave up lots of detail. The three prominent central belts and the darker polar regions were well displayed. The Moons were split two and two making a lovely sight.
Used the rest of my time to view NGC 2174, NGC2237 (Rosette), NGC2169, NGC2232, NGC2301 an interesting open cluster that resembles an edge on Galaxy. Spent some time on M42 (for the first time this year) and the UHC filter worked wonders on the Nebula, making it an all new object. Trips to M1, M35 and M50 rounded the night off before the clouds finally brought the curtain down on my observing just before 22.00.
It was good to be working the scope again and I really enjoyed my 3 hours at the eyepiece.

Regards. Peter.


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haytor
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Reged: 11/29/07

Loc: Smethwick near Birmingham UK.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5706862 - 03/01/13 09:45 AM

Really good to hear you had some time at the eyepiece Peter, 3 hours is better than none thats for sure, even with less than ideal conditions.Lets hope March offers more clearer skies, this last winter has been a real pits.

Glad you got out

best regards,

Tom.


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #5707127 - 03/01/13 12:56 PM

Many thanks Tom. It was good to be out again. I don't think I can remember a winter quite as bad as this one, viewing wise. The last date on the hand set on Wednesday night (the last time I was out observing) was the 9th of December. As you say, lets hope for better things in the comig months.

Regards. Peter.


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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

Loc: Queens, New Yawk, Light pollut...
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5707710 - 03/01/13 07:54 PM

Good to here you finally had some time with your mistress. It's been horrible here lately and the forecast isn't any better.

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sonny.barile
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: In the middle of the glow.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5711623 - 03/03/13 10:16 PM

My skies are poop...... Some evenings have had breaks in the clouds but even then the turbulence ends up being extreme.

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BigC
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #5711868 - 03/04/13 01:55 AM

Fairly clear and steady skies, 16 degrees F !

Walked up the hill above the house for unaided panoramic view.Leo well up and Scorpio coming out of the trees.

Got out the ETX-80 for a half-hour of casual scanning.Not enough time to get out charts ,big scope,etc. Gotta get some type of observatory built...


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: BigC]
      #5711941 - 03/04/13 05:27 AM

James, Sonny and BigC, thanks for your input and for using this thread. It keeps visual observing together and acts as a reference point.

It seems that no matter where we are in the world, we are all waiting for the weather to break and give us some clear skies. I'm sure it will happen soon, said he.

Regards. Peter.


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haytor
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Reged: 11/29/07

Loc: Smethwick near Birmingham UK.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5731766 - 03/14/13 08:32 AM

Hi Peter,

have you had any luck viewing Comet Pantarrs,???.

Last night i made an attempt to see it with my Bino`s, according to my Starry night Pro 6 software program, Comet Panstarrs could be located below the thin crescent moon at about the 5 o`clock position, i searched in vain with my bino`s hoping to get a glimpse of it in the twilight as the sun went down, sadly though, by the time it was dark enough for me to see the comet, it was too low at about 8 degree`s above the horizon to see it due to trees and houses blocking my view by 6.30 pm.

Ah well, i tried!

regards,

Tom.


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #5731942 - 03/14/13 10:18 AM

Hi Tom,

Sorry your attempts were unsuccessful. Pity it sets so soon after the Sun.

Same story here I'm afraid but with the added annoyance of a cloudy horizon. Apart from, Comet Panstarrs position is quite favourable for me, if only the clouds would clear.

We've some time left to try and catch a glimpse Tom, so I will keep my fingers crossed for the both of us.

Hope you weren't too unsteady on your feet when viewing visually.

Thanks for the post Tom.

Regards. Peter.


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haytor
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Reged: 11/29/07

Loc: Smethwick near Birmingham UK.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5732059 - 03/14/13 11:23 AM

Quote:






Hope you weren't too unsteady on your feet when viewing visually.

Thanks for the post Tom.

Regards. Peter.




Made me quite dizzy it did

regards,

Tom.


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Arthur Dent
Galactic Hitch-Hiker
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Reged: 10/23/08

Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #5732672 - 03/14/13 06:15 PM

No luck here so far either.

Too much cloud in just the wrong place. Clear skies elsewhere - typical

Art


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Smittty692k4
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Reged: 07/05/11

Loc: East Bernard, TX
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5734369 - 03/15/13 03:40 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Hey guys, sorry I havent been on in awhile, Jaxon jsut turned 4 months old. But I have gotten a chance at Pan-STARRS. Its a tricky little bugger. Too early and the lingering brightness from the set sun is still too bright. Too late, and below the horizon it goes. magic time is around 8:15pm local time and I managed to see it naked eye for a split second one night. Also managed a few shots with wife's Nikon D3200. They are 5 second exposures at around f/5.6.

Hope yall enjoy, and more importantly, hope yall get to see as well.


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Smittty692k4
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Reged: 07/05/11

Loc: East Bernard, TX
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5734370 - 03/15/13 03:40 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

And the other

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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5734421 - 03/15/13 04:09 PM

Thanks for the shots Matt, they give me/us a chance to see what to look for. Still no luck this end, saw the Moon briefly tonight but no Comet. The clouds are still winning. Still a few nights left thou, so fingers crossed.

Glad to hear that "little legs" is coming along O.K.

Regards. Peter.


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