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hopskipson
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5841740 - 05/05/13 01:58 PM

We had three nights in a row of clear skies since Thursday night. I was only able to set up last night but seeing was poor. I checked out a few open clusters and Saturn before I got out my camera to capture Saturn. Saturn was not giving up much details and no CD. It was great to get behind the eyepiece.

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5841830 - 05/05/13 03:05 PM

James - glad you were able to get out some! It's nice out right now, no clouds at all so maybe it will be a go tonight. Tony

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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5842054 - 05/05/13 05:16 PM

Good Luck Tony!

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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5842076 - 05/05/13 05:24 PM

It's pouring the rain here..

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Smittty692k4
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Loc: East Bernard, TX
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ben2112]
      #5843013 - 05/06/13 07:17 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

Hey everyone. Kind of a viewing/outreach thing goin here. I brought the 102 SLT down here to work (need to get some use out of it) cause I promised one of the guys I was workin wih that I would.

Set it out a little before sun down. Got a pic from 2 drilling rigs and a Frac atleast 8 miles away. But 1st, here is Sal (coveralls) and Omar ( eyepiece) viewing Saturn for their first times.

All the lights in the background are at distances from 3-6 miles. The next pic was behind those on the horizon.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5843017 - 05/06/13 07:19 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

Right over Omar's head (I think) is the Frac, and you can make out 2 drilling rigs BEHIND it. The rigs are not visable to the naked eye, at least not mine

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Smittty692k4
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5843021 - 05/06/13 07:24 AM

These pics are testament to a couple things:

1) Anyone, regardless of age/race/sex/creed, LOVES Saturn.
2) Everyone looking for the first time thinks you put a picture on the lens
3) The skies pre-Eagleford were incredibly black, now they are lit up in all directions.
4) 5 people who had never seen Saturn saw it that night. (one is 62 years old)

Hope everyone likes. Enjoy.


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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5881619 - 05/24/13 04:22 AM

Hey Matt.. Sorry for not commenting earlier. Been so busy with work..

But you are right about Saturn. Everyone that sees Saturn says it looks fake or as my wife says, "It looks like a toy hung from a tree."


As for me, just got back in from chasing the faint fuzzies of the Messier objects. M13, M57, M56, M21, M8, M16, etc.. I mostly stuck with my 17mm Baader Hyperion eyepiece. What a great way to start my vacation. Just kicking back and looking at the wonders of the universe.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ben2112]
      #5881740 - 05/24/13 08:19 AM

i got exactly 2 weeks left out here til my week long vacation. Goin out to my family's farm (blue skies) for a few days. Kids get out that friday, pack up and head out. Its only a 45 min trip, but its amazing how 45 minutes takes you from yellow to blue skies.

Now you need to work on an image of M57 like Hubble just caught. Im sure that could take up a sizeable portion of your time

P.S. I am waiting on my ASI120MC from Sam. he shipped it today. So hopefully after vacation I will have some shots of Saturn to post. Fingers crossed.


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hopskipson
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5881863 - 05/24/13 09:47 AM

Matt, good luck with your camera you're gonna love it. I'm jealous of your yellow skies! Weather here is lousy and at my "dark site" 150 minutes away the same.

Ben, glad to see someone having clear skies on the east coast.


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Smittty692k4
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5881925 - 05/24/13 10:19 AM

James, my house is yellow and STILL ~30 miles west of Houston. They need to turn the lights off at night. My dad always got on me about leaving a room without turning off the electricity (which I do to my kids now) and they are leaving a whole city on. For shame!!!! HAHA

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Arthur Dent
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Reged: 10/23/08

Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5885978 - 05/26/13 05:59 PM

Hi All,

Just spent a chilly 45 mins or so observing the conjunction between Venus, Mercury and Jupiter.

In the image below (taken at 21:12:41 UT on 26/May/2013) Venus is bottom right, Jupiter WNW of Venus and Mercury NNW of Venus.

According to Sky Safari, Venus is mag -3.9, Jupiter is mag -1.9 and Mercury is mag -0.8.



Equipment: Camera EOS 550D with Canon 75-300mm EF IS zoom lens.

Image Info: ISO 3200, 1/320 sec af f5.6. Zoom setting 300mm, hand-held, image stabilised.

Art


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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5886629 - 05/27/13 07:16 AM

Hi Art,

You've done well to capture the conjunction at that time as the Sun did not set last night until around 19.19 and Venus was only about 10deg above the horizon. All credit to you.

I can not see below 25deg in that direction so it was a no no. Spent a couple of hours Solar observing on Sarurday morning. It was good to put the scope through its paces again.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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hopskipson
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #5886831 - 05/27/13 10:47 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

Well that's a nice picture Bri. Hope you all enjoy this one and remember all who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5886838 - 05/27/13 10:49 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

And here's one with Venus on the other side of the Empire State Building. Sometimes it's not so bad living in the city.

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Skip
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Reged: 01/23/08

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5887115 - 05/27/13 01:24 PM

James and Bri,

Nice going on the conjunction!!

I love the Empire State building in Red, White, and Blue!!!

Happy Memorial Day to all. I too remember those who gave that "last full measure of devotion" to their respective countries. (Thanks to Abraham Lincoln for that quote)


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Arthur Dent
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Reged: 10/23/08

Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Skip]
      #5887329 - 05/27/13 03:35 PM

Hi Skip, James and Peter.

Observing the conjunction was quite tricky as there was lots of high-altitude cloud at my location last night even though the sky seemed to be clear. Occasionally, Mercury would simply disappear. Focusing was also challenging - in the end the best shots was where I resored to Live View and magnified Venus to get the focusing as sharp as possible.

I stupidly tried to hand-hold using the roof of tha car as a support. Must get at least a bean-bag and get my remote release fixed! I also need to dig out my tripod (I might even treat myself to a new one!)

Not a bad attempt I feel, but James' first shot takes the biscuit

Art

Nice Empire State too. Kinda looks like an 80's Space Invader - type rocket!


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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5893844 - 05/31/13 09:12 AM

Missed the conjunction,clouds.

Last night clouds parted and it looked pretty good for viewing but I was having to fight sleep just to get a modest "bino fix".Tried my new Celestron 8-17x x 25 ;very lightweight and easy to hold.Need for sleep won out despite good sky,after a hal-hour.


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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: BigC]
      #5894032 - 05/31/13 10:58 AM

BigC - I know how you feel about sleep. That is why I got binos myself. On work nights, I am so tired that I don't feel like setting up the scope but the binos do a decent job of getting a dose of the night sky.

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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ben2112]
      #5912512 - 06/10/13 07:23 AM

Last night the clouds finally parted and I was able to get about and hours worth of viewing time . The skies were partly cloudy all day and the forecast was to clear around 9 and cloud over by 11. Was able to get out at 9:30 and was viewing at 10. Just spent lots of time with Saturn and M13. Saturn was showing some banding in the northern part of the globe and the C.D. was in and out of view due to below average seeing. My alignment was slightly off but I had no time to correct it, tracking was fine. It was no problem finding Saturn but M13 took about 3 minutes to scan. I spent some time switching between my new TV 10mm plossel and an ES 14mm 82* ep's. M13 barely fit in the plossel but had plenty of room in the ES. The ES made focusing and viewing much more pleasurable and I couldn't tell the difference in sharpness. Of course it was also a little brighter in the ES so I'm sure that helped form my favorite. On the planet it was the opposite. Saturn seemed more defined (helped by the extra magnification) and was better framed. The details seemed a lot sharper in the TV more than was justified by the shorter focal length.

Hope to see more reports!


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