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ac1
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Hope some of you guys are out there tonight....
      #4411711 - 02/25/11 09:50 PM

I'm envious. Stars are really popping, very transparent and dark tonight. Should be some fantastic viewing. Orion Nebula area visible without any dark adaptation. I live vicariously through you for the next several nights, boys.

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rick rian
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4411748 - 02/25/11 10:15 PM

Cloudy and cold here, Anthony, I'm inside 'til spring.

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Phil Wheeler
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4411754 - 02/25/11 10:19 PM

Raining here in sunny So Calif. In fact it may snow tonight in SF and LA, first time since 1967 or so.

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Midnight Dan
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #4411799 - 02/25/11 10:52 PM

Snow & clouds here today. Same as yesterday, same as tomorrow.

-Dan


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DavidD
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #4411806 - 02/25/11 10:58 PM

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Raining here in sunny So Calif. In fact it may snow tonight in SF and LA, first time since 1967 or so.




And Phil keeps on insisting that it be sent on to Phoenix.....


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TonyDralle
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: DavidD]
      #4411878 - 02/25/11 11:49 PM

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Cloudy and cold here, Anthony, I'm inside 'til spring.




Ditto here near Pittsburgh.

- Tony


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Naturlich
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: TonyDralle]
      #4411924 - 02/26/11 12:23 AM

atleast our weather here is consistant, wall to wall clouds...

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shekwebb
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Loc: San Francisco, CA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Naturlich]
      #4411936 - 02/26/11 12:35 AM

Supposed to snow in SF, well possible. Doubtful, but no viewing. But too cold for us soft CA types.

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Phil Wheeler
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: shekwebb]
      #4411961 - 02/26/11 12:51 AM

Truly a "Cloudy Night" here: Watch out, Phoenix

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TmaninTn
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #4412081 - 02/26/11 02:17 AM

Stupid low hanging haze clouds here in Nashvegas.

I know more about cloud formation trajectories within the Tennessee valley right now than is probably normal.


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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: TmaninTn]
      #4412249 - 02/26/11 05:27 AM

Pleased you managed to get out Tony, enjoy.

Complete cloud cover again here in Yorkshire. Half a chance forecast for tonight but I'm not too hopeful. Raining as I type.

Regards. Peter.


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Arthur Dent
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4412273 - 02/26/11 06:21 AM

Yup, same here in South Yorkshire. Peter's clouds are rather large you see and stretch from Leeds all the way here.

That said, a large bright object is currntly observable between the clouds - any idea what it could be??


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flboy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4412281 - 02/26/11 06:38 AM

Last night was rather decent. With the warmer temps, I was out in my T-shirt & shorts for a few hours. I love this time of the yr!!!

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Arctic_Eddie
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4412286 - 02/26/11 06:45 AM

Tonight looks good John. It's 65F now headed for 78F then back into the 60's tonight with clear skies. Golf tournament this morning then a little rest before dragging the stuff out. Grandpa said that moving to the colonies would work out.

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flboy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #4412288 - 02/26/11 06:48 AM

Enjoy your round and your night under the stars

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ftrobbie
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4412358 - 02/26/11 08:08 AM

Quote:



That said, a large bright object is currntly observable between the clouds - any idea what it could be??




Search light on the police helicopter?

It has stopped raining though, small mercy's


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THEPLOUGH
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Loc: Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4412374 - 02/26/11 08:26 AM Attachment (57 downloads)

Rain rain and more rain here in Cumbria.....

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Pete GLA
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Loc: South of Detroit MI
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4412450 - 02/26/11 09:20 AM

Who? Me?

Naw, I've been too busy measuring amount of snowfall that we've been having.

This Feb. for my area, has set a record for most snowfall for the month of Feb. I've measured 29".6 and counting...

29".6 may not seem a lot, but considering that we get 50".0 of snowfall for the season, well, that's 60% of total snowfall...

I've seen more snowflakes this month than what my 8SE can see stars??? I haven't done the calculation...Yet.

Hang On Gang, March is supposed to be the transition month.
And if it follows February's recipe. A lot more of wacky weather will be upon us (hoping not).

Pete

ps,
Actually, last week I went to my club's site. 4 months and 4 days ago, but who's counting. It was 18F with light haze, and frost set upon everything within 45 minutes.
Thank GOD, that I had my mini hairdryer to combat the dew/frost on the corrector. Forgot to bring the Dew Shield with me.
Maybe I should write a list of things to bring along with me to an observing session.


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Paul D
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Loc: Azilda, Ont, Canada.
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4412806 - 02/26/11 12:08 PM

Clouds and more clouds here in Northern Ontario. Sunny during the day, clouds at night. Missed comet Hartley (saw it once), the entire winter season and Orion due to bad weather. I was only out twice this winter. After 9:30 Orion is behind some tall trees and it's not truly dark till 7pm now. Although, last Tuesday (feb 22) was a 4/5 night for seeing and transparency and no clouds and no moon! Milky Way visible in my orange zone. Did some imaging of the Flame Nebula and M31.

Lets see what happen for the galaxy season.


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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Paul D]
      #4412877 - 02/26/11 12:42 PM

Looks like I will be out after all. The skies are almost clear, (some patchy cloud) and its forecast to remain that way.
I have the dome open and my observing schedule drawn up. Another hour or so to darkness. Hope others have the same fortune.
Wish me luck.

Regards. Peter.


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hal2000
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Loc: County Antrim
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4412903 - 02/26/11 12:53 PM

Bit patchy here, but we're heading out anyway. Looks like the same over your way Peter.

Edited by hal2000 (02/26/11 12:56 PM)


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Skip
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hal2000]
      #4412929 - 02/26/11 01:04 PM

Going out tonight. Sunny and 60s & 70s here in North Texas. Spring appears to have sprung! However, you can never be sure about the weather here. Last year it snowed on the first day of spring.

On the other hand, pollen counts are high and my newly acquired allergies to everything (it seems!) are registering it. Misery!

Used to be the only thing I was allergic to was ragweed. Now it's cedar. oak, elm, juniper, and everything else. Yuk!


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flboy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Skip]
      #4412946 - 02/26/11 01:09 PM

Skip I feel your pain. I'm allergic to grass and each spring I have to start my nasal spray a month prior to help keep infections at bay.

Enjoy your night! Looks like we're going to be cloudy, but since I was out every night this week, missing one night won't kill me


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Skip
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4412954 - 02/26/11 01:12 PM

Thanks John. I'm not taking my scope tonight. I'm going to a Young Astronomer meeting with my grandson. YA is an offshoot of the Fort Worth club. There will be several scopes there. The LP is so bad that last time all my scope could get is Jupiter and a few stars.

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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hal2000]
      #4412971 - 02/26/11 01:20 PM

Quote:

Bit patchy here, but we're heading out anyway. Looks like the same over your way Peter.




Would appear so Stevie. Just on my way out now. By the time I've done my flask it will be all but dark.

Good luck to you.

Regards. Peter.


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ftrobbie
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4413190 - 02/26/11 02:56 PM

Pete

Good luck

It's clear further south of you but I am afraid to say I over imbibed while England beat France. I feel slightly light headed or is that the whiskey afterwards

Cheers

Enjoy the Thermos

Rob


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BruceG
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4413758 - 02/26/11 08:46 PM

Got to hope for next weekend. I'm in my light polluted skies this weekend and the visual back doesn't arrive until Monday. Although even without the scope last weekend was incredible with binoculars at the beach. Got to praise GoTo as I found myself automatically moving to things that were not naked eye visable. I just knew where to look from my observing with the 8 SE. Don't let anyone tell you the GoTo doesn't help you learn the sky it sure has helped me.

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ac1
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Loc: Utica, NY USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: BruceG]
      #4413819 - 02/26/11 09:15 PM

Sorry, fellas, didn't mean to get some of you going on the clouds. Just great here. I can just go outside and lie flat on my back for an hour or so and enjoy the view.....Monday, when the CPC 1100 arrives, is cloudy, of course. S'OK. Will take that time to get it all set up.

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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4414326 - 02/27/11 05:43 AM

Hi All,

My night turned out O.K but with a strange ending. The skies cleared completely and although not the best seeing, I stayed out over three hours.

The strange ending. Well, by accident I caught the On/Off rocker switch on the scope momentarily, and when I looked at the H.C it was telling me to realign. The switch did not go to the off position so the power must have only gone off for an instant.
It had the following effect.

I realigned using A2SA, slewed to an object,(M42) set rate 4, and used right and down arrows to center. I took the object just passed center with the down button and on releasing the button, the scope made a noise as if the anti - backleash was set for a sharp pick up, and the object "sprang" to the center of the FOV. I repeated the move, this time taking M42 further passed center, let go of the button, and again, same noise and M42 was centered.
This only happened with the down button,(scope moving up) and it happened wherever the objects I then tried were in the sky i.e up at 80 deg and down at 20deg. The other buttons worked smoothly as normal.
I suspected the Alt clutch but the object came to a stop in the center and did not drift at all. Tracking was also spot on. It only happened when I took the object below center. If I stopped above center, the object stayed where it was. Real strange!!!
I checked my anti backlash settings and they were as I'd set them.
It stayed that way for the remaining 1 hour 45 minutes of my session.
I hibernated the scope last night and on power up this morning, the effect has gone and all is back to normal. No more auto centering .

Anyone any ideas from what I've described.

By the way Rob, I was once off work over three weeks with a "Broken" thermos. Very painful.

Regards. Peter.


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Skip
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Skip]
      #4414851 - 02/27/11 01:04 PM

The YA meeting last night was a bust for observing. All clouded up. Unfortunate too, since I had an Iridium Flare all cued up for the kids.

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ac1
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Loc: Utica, NY USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Skip]
      #4417912 - 02/28/11 08:42 PM

CPC 1100 arrived today. After a weekend of call, I'm too damn tired to set it up....will have to wait another day or two. Prospects for viewing here are lousy for the next several days, anyways.

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TmaninTn
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Reged: 12/19/10

Loc: Nashville, TN USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4417942 - 02/28/11 09:02 PM

Congrats ac1! I look forward to shots of the new scope..

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flboy
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Loc: De Leon Springs, FL
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: TmaninTn]
      #4418552 - 03/01/11 07:15 AM

Congrats on getting the CPC1100. I too look forward to seeing your pics.

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TonyDralle
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4418588 - 03/01/11 07:48 AM

Quote:

Prospects for viewing here are lousy for the next several days, anyways.




Having acquired a new scope, you expected otherwise? Your skies should clear around the time of the next full moon.

Congratulations! Be sure to report your first light adventure.

- Tony


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mexjon
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4418955 - 03/01/11 11:48 AM

Quote:

CPC 1100 arrived today. After a weekend of call, I'm too damn tired to set it up....will have to wait another day or two. Prospects for viewing here are lousy for the next several days, anyways.




Yeah yeah yeah, you got it! Now go away clouds. Shoo!


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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: mexjon]
      #4430510 - 03/06/11 04:36 PM

Hi Gang,
Just got in after two and a half hours in the Dream Maker (POD).
Not too much to report as the seeing conditions were as bad as they have been for a long time. The skies were clear but I think there must be lots of particules in the air as the light pollution seemed to be spread much higher into the sky than usual. Lots of trubulence too.
Even so, I did as I had planned and observed around the Monoceros, Canis Major area of the sky.(could not have picked a worse part if I'd tried under the conditions).
I manage to hit all my targets, (I tend to select a few and spend time on them), and it was fun teasing what I could out of them. It was O.C night with views of M46,47,48 and 50. NGC 2232,2286,2335,and 2343.
I'd had a quick look at Jupiter before I started (will lose it altogether soon) and it was good, showing its cloud bands off well despite the conditions and being low in the West. Missed the two day old Moon though, too low and too far west by the time I got viewing.
So good to be out under the star again.

Regards. Peter.


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THEPLOUGH
ELEVEN Grandchildren; FIVE Ducklings
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Loc: Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4430842 - 03/06/11 07:42 PM

Spent a little time out myself. I caught the moon with Jupiter off to the left of it, both looked good with the 13mm Hyperion EP, It was around 6-30pm and both were low in the sky. Still I enjoyed the time out just chasing stars across the sky looking no where in particular but seeing every thing at the same time.....

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mexjon
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4431498 - 03/07/11 02:24 AM

I went out and watched the strobe light show that the stars were putting on. Decided to just use my 8x40 binos because I knew with that twinkling there wasn't going to be much detail in anything. At least most of the clouds were off visiting relatives somewhere.

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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: mexjon]
      #4431583 - 03/07/11 05:29 AM

Hi John,
Is the strobe show an annual event or was it a one off.

Regards. Peter.


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Peter9
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4431590 - 03/07/11 05:39 AM

Quote:

Spent a little time out myself. I caught the moon with Jupiter off to the left of it, both looked good with the 13mm Hyperion EP, It was around 6-30pm and both were low in the sky. Still I enjoyed the time out just chasing stars across the sky looking no where in particular but seeing every thing at the same time.....




Hi Geoff,
Glad you manage to get out yourself and catch a view of the two day old Moon. What were the seeing conditions like with you?.

The Moon and jupiter looked good naked eye together in the West. The Moon was just too far West for me at 18.40 as I am restricted beyond 250deg. I only just caught Jupiter.
I wanted to catch the young Moon too, as I rarely get the chance to view it at that phase.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4431729 - 03/07/11 07:56 AM

Hi John,

The skies were pretty steady down here. While the scope was cooling, I got a chance to view Jupiter & the Moon, which were both side-by-side in the western horizon. I made the rounds to M42 and such while waiting for Saturn to get above the trees, which was around 11am.

But by 3am, fog/clouds started moving in.

Friday & Saturday night both look promising


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flboy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4431738 - 03/07/11 08:02 AM

Oh yeah, tonight looks good too, but with another cool front pushing through on Thursday, Friday & Saturday are looking both dry & clear.

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haytor
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4431748 - 03/07/11 08:09 AM

Hi all,

it looks like i might finally get out for a few hours tonight, its been a while since my last night in the obs so looking forward to it, despite the fact i have the flu and will need to wrap up warm, my other half keeps giving me that look that says "idiot"

Hopefully and despite clear skies predicted, i hope to image M51 as one target, that is if the mists and fogs hold off which i seem to attract more often than not, fingers crossed

Off to prep the obs,

regards

Tom.


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THEPLOUGH
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Loc: Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4431752 - 03/07/11 08:11 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Spent a little time out myself. I caught the moon with Jupiter off to the left of it, both looked good with the 13mm Hyperion EP, It was around 6-30pm and both were low in the sky. Still I enjoyed the time out just chasing stars across the sky looking no where in particular but seeing every thing at the same time.....




Hi Geoff,
Glad you manage to get out yourself and catch a view of the two day old Moon. What were the seeing conditions like with you?.

The Moon and Jupiter looked good naked eye together in the West. The Moon was just too far West for me at 18.40 as I am restricted beyond 250deg. I only just caught Jupiter.
I wanted to catch the young Moon too, as I rarely get the chance to view it at that phase.

Regards. Peter.





The seeing was not too bad, though with both the moon and Jup, being low in the sky I did get a touch of interference. Once I climbed a bit higher it became much better, I think the rain from the night before may have helped in clearing the atmosphere...


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mexjon
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4431790 - 03/07/11 08:37 AM

Quote:

Hi John,
Is the strobe show an annual event or was it a one off.

Regards. Peter.




I'd like to think it was a one-off, but I know better. However, I don't often get that much twinkling, so I guess I should not complain.


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flboy
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: mexjon]
      #4443900 - 03/12/11 07:35 AM

I got out last night for a few hours. The sky was clear and the transparency was good. Since there's a 1/2 Moon, I decided to split some doubles, which is always pleasing

I checked out Beta Mon and was able to use my 3mm-6mm zoom set at 6mm to split it. I also split it with the 9T6, but pushing it to 6mm was too cool. First time using that high of a mag and still getting clear views.

This scope still continues to impress me.


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ac1
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Loc: Utica, NY USA
Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4445969 - 03/13/11 01:46 AM

Pretty lousy seeing tonight. Stars were boiling to the naked eye. Lot of turbulence. Couldn't get a good focus on Saturn with any eyepiece. Still waiting for a night good enough to see Cassini's division....did pick up three, perhaps four moons tonight, though.

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      #4446252 - 03/13/11 08:47 AM

Got out as well and Saturn was the target. While focus wasn't great there were a couple short periods that things got significantly better and I could make out some ring details. High mag certainly wasn't the best last night but I'm still amazed every time I see it.

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      #4446387 - 03/13/11 10:27 AM

We are still very overcast in the North of England, with both rain and snow showers on a daily basis.. Not a snowballs chance in hell of observing any thing. Still they say it will get better, They just won't say WHEN.....

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      #4446819 - 03/13/11 01:33 PM

It's a bit Iffy here in Yorkshire but it may be good enough an hour with Lunar tonight, if it holds.

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      #4447299 - 03/13/11 05:54 PM

Clear in huddersfield again for the second sunday in a row. So, experimenting autoguiding a ST80 with a SPC900 on a AS-GT via PHD. Got it working at last. Next step, attach st80 to C8-NGT.

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      #4447670 - 03/13/11 08:59 PM

Quote:

Clear in huddersfield again for the second sunday in a row. So, experimenting autoguiding a ST80 with a SPC900 on a AS-GT via PHD. Got it working at last. Next step, attach st80 to C8-NGT.







Let us know how you get on with that. It sounds very impresive....


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      #4448339 - 03/14/11 04:52 AM

Hi Everyone.
Did you all see Saturn last night?
Fantastic views.
Graham


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Quote:

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Clear in huddersfield again for the second sunday in a row. So, experimenting autoguiding a ST80 with a SPC900 on a AS-GT via PHD. Got it working at last. Next step, attach st80 to C8-NGT.







Let us know how you get on with that. It sounds very impresive....




Clear also here in Leeds. After what I thought were Iffy skies it cleared up and conditions turned out to be excellent.I spent a wonderful 4 hours observing.

And what Geoff said.

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      #4448495 - 03/14/11 07:58 AM

Quote:

Hi Everyone.
Did you all see Saturn last night?
Fantastic views.
Graham





Their you go rubbing it in.... ........


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      #4448496 - 03/14/11 08:00 AM

Quote:

Hi Everyone.
Did you all see Saturn last night?
Fantastic views.
Graham




Hi Graham,

I missed Saturn last night. I started my session around 18.30 and called it a day around 22.30. Saturn at that time is still too low in the East for me. I could have waiting the other half hour or so for Saturn to be viewable, but there's always another night, besides, after 4 hours, I was ready for a break.

Pleased you manage to see Saturn and you were happy with what you saw.

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      #4448501 - 03/14/11 08:04 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Hi Everyone.
Did you all see Saturn last night?
Fantastic views.
Graham





Their you go rubbing it in.... ........




I'm just guessing now Geoff, but I'm betting you didn't manage to get out last night.

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Hi Everyone.
Did you all see Saturn last night?
Fantastic views.
Graham





Their you go rubbing it in.... ........




I'm just guessing now Geoff, but I'm betting you didn't manage to get out last night.

Regards. Peter.







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      #4448559 - 03/14/11 08:47 AM

Hi Peter
I started at 1130, having been out all evening, just for a quick peep as it was clear. Did a sky align with the 5SE and was only going to spend 30 mins or so looking around and trying to take pics of the moon. Saturn was a surprise and after 2hrs trying this lens and that, I had to call it a day. I was cold but a very happy bunny.
Will have another go tonight and try the NexImage. Must capture those rings.
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      #4457298 - 03/18/11 07:33 AM

Forecast says my skies should be clear tonight, temps down to -2deg C expected, going to give some imaging a go, possible targets are, M101, M104, M63, Oh and Saturn later if the conditions allow.

Hope to hear you guy`s can get out too.

fingers crossed,

Tom.

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      #4457312 - 03/18/11 07:51 AM

Hoping for you Tom ! Goodness knows you need a weather break from those drab Midland skies of late !

Mine too are supposed to be clearing by this evening to give a cloudless night according to the local forecast, (and we all know how reliable they are, don't we? ) but at the moment they do have some way to go. Currently, it's dull, totally overcast and raining !

(BTW. I can just see Andy, ("Mushroom Bill") gazing forlornly out of that IT office window, praying for clear skies but most of all, for 5:00pm !

Make it sooner Andy, and we might make a night of it yet ! Don't forget it's POETS day) !



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      #4457321 - 03/18/11 07:58 AM

Have faith Tel,

the cloud cover is moving southward and should in theory clear for you tonight, at the moment i have clear blue skies and a weird yellow sphere hanging in the sky. wonder what that could be

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      #4457379 - 03/18/11 08:42 AM

Hi Tom and Tel.

Its also looking good for Yorkshire tonight. Last time out I used an old favorite of mine, i.e the constellation feature on the H.C.
I enjoyed it so much that I plan to do the same (different constellations) tonight all being well.
I wish you both well and hope your threatened clear skies materialise.

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      #4457964 - 03/18/11 01:49 PM

I couldn't see out of the office window for all of the rain this morning. Its turning out nice now.

Hope everyone gets a good, clear evening - wrap up warm though!


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      #4459486 - 03/19/11 09:20 AM

HI,
My skies remained clear and so, despite the full Moon, (some objects are washed out but there's plenty that are not) I enjoyed a good few hours in Dream maker.
The highlights were Caldwell 58 (NGC 2360) O.C, Caldwell 64 (NGC2362) O.C and 145 Canis Major, a lovely double with Gold and Blue components.
Hope others also enjoyed clear skies.

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      #4459681 - 03/19/11 11:38 AM

Good to hear you managed to get out Peter, same here, but i had forgotten about the moon being up which dashed any hope of my capturing any DSO`s, i could get them onscreen, but very poorly.

So instead i turned my attention to the lunar limb, here`s two images i managed to get, both taken with my 6" f/8 refractor,2X barlow, Spc900nc web cam fitted with IR/UV. filter.



Other image to follow,

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      #4459691 - 03/19/11 11:41 AM

Second image, i rotated this image 90 degrees, just looks better that way, well at least to me, LOL.



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      #4465837 - 03/22/11 09:18 AM

Managed another hour and a half at the eyepiece last night in far from ideal conditions.
It was a night of broken hazy cloud, and bright stars that always showed spikes no matter how good the focusing.
Viewed Beta Mons, a lovely triple star system with three bright young hot stars.
Spent some time on Saturn before the conditions finely made it impossible to continue.

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      #4466367 - 03/22/11 01:23 PM

Peter

I commend your dedication to the cause. I thought with the weather we had yesterday lunchtime, we were going to get another clear cold night, despite the MO suggesting otherwise. Last night like most others was WTW cloud with occasional clear patches rolling through. Not enough to want me to sit outside and view.

Now cocooned up in a POD with a permanent, or at least protected setup might make me think again. So keep up the running reports it is encouraging to know that it can be worthwhile outside.

Today looked promising earlier on but billowing cloud has arrived. Another night of doing something else, I suppose.

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      #4466458 - 03/22/11 01:59 PM

Thanks Rob.
Having the Pod, which affords a permanent setup and comfortable observing, has made a great difference.

There's still time for it to change, but it's looking good for tonight here in Leeds. Clear skies at the moment.

Hope you have better luck soon.

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      #4467023 - 03/22/11 06:06 PM

Just got back from playing 3 hours of tennis to see clear skies, oh pumperknickel.

Perhaps I need to arrange to do other things more often for the rest of you.

The extension dovetail arrived today, so looking forward to getting it fitted and using the scope safely.

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      #4467324 - 03/22/11 08:40 PM

Spent best part of the day in the garden under reasonably clear sky. Come 18-30hrs clouds banked up, same old same old...

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      #4468051 - 03/23/11 09:06 AM

My luck didn't hold. Got the same cloud cover as you've all been reporting.
Never mind, I've had my fair share of good luck.

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      #4468058 - 03/23/11 09:13 AM

Sorry to hear that Peter, personally i never bothered, tonight mist is forecast for my area for later, which is a shame because i wanted to shoot Saturn, oh hum!

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      #4468456 - 03/23/11 12:12 PM

We had some high thin clouds, so I used the small refractor since I wasn't going to stay out long.

I wanted to share how awesome Pleiades looked through the TV 32mm Plossl. The stars were bright & sharp and having the added sky around the cluster gave it a really neat appearance.

Tonight is looking great! I'm going to hunt some faint fuzzes that Uncle Rod wrote about in the April S&T.

Enjoy!!


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      #4469679 - 03/23/11 09:15 PM

Same here, Saturday is the one I want to be clear. The city is having an Earth day, with promises of lots of lights being knocked off between 20-30hrs and 21-30hrs. I am hoping it will be a lot darker..

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      #4470330 - 03/24/11 07:17 AM

Last nights sky was clear and the transparency was "clean", but there was a breeze every so often that would cause the object in the EP to pulse. Between pulses the view was crisp and bright.

I took the "tour" and searched a large part of the sky for 2 hours or so. M108, M65, M66, The Ghost of Jupiter, M42, Pleiades, M82(the best I've seen it yet) and many double stars & OC/GC.

It was cool enough to need a fleece jacket, but very comfortable for viewing w/o mosquitoes(which are already back)

The transparency was so clean that I spent another hour or so viewing with the naked eye. The constellations were just popping out of the sky. Unfortunately, this may well be our last dry, clean sky for some months to come.


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      #4470406 - 03/24/11 08:37 AM

Hey John,

glad to hear you had a great time out there, sadly though my time out last night was totally wasted due to a heavy haze, i was trying to do some imaging,but after 2 and a half hours of sheer frustration i headed back indoors,maybe tonight!

God give me patience, but hurry!!!!

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      #4470422 - 03/24/11 08:44 AM

Quote:

Last nights sky was clear and the transparency was "clean", but there was a breeze every so often that would cause the object in the EP to pulse. Between pulses the view was crisp and bright.

I took the "tour" and searched a large part of the sky for 2 hours or so. M108, M65, M66, The Ghost of Jupiter, M42, Pleiades, M82(the best I've seen it yet) and many double stars & OC/GC.

It was cool enough to need a fleece jacket, but very comfortable for viewing w/o mosquitoes(which are already back)

The transparency was so clean that I spent another hour or so viewing with the naked eye. The constellations were just popping out of the sky. Unfortunately, this may well be our last dry, clean sky for some months to come.




Hi John,
Another feature in the menu's worth a try is the "constellation" one. It's very similar to the "tour" feature but it involves less moving around. When you've finished with one constellation you can just move on to the next.

Pleased you had a good night.

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      #4470837 - 03/24/11 11:53 AM

Hi Tom,

I hope you all get clear skies and soon Besides, I enjoy looking at yours, Tel's and everyone else images.

Hi Peter,

I tried the constellation mode once, but I didn't really didn't give it a chance. I'll give it another try tonight or tomorrow night. When I do constellations, I usually just enter the catalog number.

One thing nice about the tour mode is that it works one region of the sky at a time.


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      #4471502 - 03/24/11 05:29 PM

Clear at the moment, so I will be sneaking out for a look. I will be there and back before the clouds realize what's happened....

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      #4471581 - 03/24/11 06:12 PM

Soft slippers might help Geoff.

Good luck.

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      #4471603 - 03/24/11 06:23 PM

Quote:

Clear at the moment, so I will be sneaking out for a look. I will be there and back before the clouds realize what's happened....




Pandemonium will break out while you're away.

Quick let's go off topic posts, let's have the who's telescope design is best debate or perhaps let's not and just settle down for a nice cup of rosie.

Have fun and congratulations


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      #4471784 - 03/24/11 07:49 PM

Well I just had the best hour of viewing. Spent most of the time on Saturn, it has just cleared the house enough for me to get a good look at her. (another week and it will be in prime position for me) The rings have opened up and she is as pretty as a picture, it's nights like this that make me happy I bought a scope.....

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      #4473169 - 03/25/11 11:13 AM

Glad to hear it Geoff. Saturn is always worth an hour of anyones time.

Nice too to get a hours viewing in before the clocks go forward. Lighter nights mean having to stay up later.

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      #4473320 - 03/25/11 12:20 PM

Hi Peter,

When does daylight savings begin over there?


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      #4473339 - 03/25/11 12:27 PM

John,

We put our clocks forward this weekend!

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Thanks Tom!

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      #4484921 - 03/30/11 03:51 PM

We've had complete white blanket cloud cover on a night for well over a week here in Leeds.

Hows anyone else doing??. Better than me I hope.

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      #4485123 - 03/30/11 05:18 PM

Not much, though I did get an hour on Sunday.

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      #4486185 - 03/31/11 07:46 AM

No Better than your good self Peter, awoke yesterday to a thick fog, could not see across the road,it still persisted until mid morning when it finally lifted, my poor grand daughter had to walk to school in it, but luckily she was with school friends.

Last night it was rain, heavy cloud and pretty strong gusts, looking at the forecast it looks to be poor for the weekend too, not looking good at all!

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      #4486878 - 03/31/11 01:26 PM

Strong winds up here now Tom. Gusts of up to 30mph.

Pity, as the sky is clear for the moment. If it ease's down in the next couple or three hours, I might give it a go.

Batten down the hatches Geoff, looks like their heading your way.

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      #4487980 - 03/31/11 09:33 PM

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Strong winds up here now Tom. Gusts of up to 30mph.

Pity, as the sky is clear for the moment. If it ease's down in the next couple or three hours, I might give it a go.

Batten down the hatches Geoff, looks like their heading your way.

Regards. Peter.







They arrived with a vengeance, rain too. Nothing much changes up here, in the summer the rain feels a little warmer and that's about it....


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      #4489188 - 04/01/11 11:52 AM

Heading to the dark site tonight and even better we're forecast to have clear skies Saturday, partially cloudy tonight. Between clouds and pollen I've only gotten one hour of observing the last two weeks. Hopefully this will start a trend for the group where we all finally get some observing time in.

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      #4489200 - 04/01/11 11:56 AM

May the force be with us all, hope you have a grand time Bruce, fingers crossed, do report back and let us know how things go!

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      #4489228 - 04/01/11 12:04 PM

We had a rough weather day yesterday & the night prior. Many trees down and many still w/o power.

But at least the rain cleaned the air(pollen & such) and the skies are dark blue!

Should be excellent the next couple of nights and this may be our last dry weekend until Nov.

Hope all have a wonderful night or nights

PS I ended up with 5" of rain over a 24 hour period. But since we are down by 13", this really helped with our brush fires.


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      #4489272 - 04/01/11 12:19 PM

Hi John,

its kind of strange to hear from you saying you had some bad nights, it seems you had more than your fair share of good ones in the recent months,LOL. Whats your summers like for astronomy?

Tom.


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      #4489373 - 04/01/11 01:09 PM

"Whats your summers like for astronomy?"

Hi Tom,

This will be my first summer, but I feel confident in saying that it will be too hot & too buggy for me. Plus the sun doesn't set until 8:30pm, which means it doesn't get dark until around 9:30pm. And I only can imagine what the thermals coming off the roads, homes, etc will do to our seeing??? I'm assuming that 4am or 5am may be the best times to view. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about our 90% humidity.

My gut tells me that I'll be using the 85mm refractor more than the 8SE.


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      #4489528 - 04/01/11 02:27 PM

Good luck for tonight Bruce, you too John. It's good to hear someone is managing to get out and observe.
My skies were clear for long periods last night but the wind was much to strong to allow any viewing.
Sunday night holds the best chance over the next few days.

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      #4489652 - 04/01/11 03:29 PM

Then Sunday it is Peter!!!!

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      #4489763 - 04/01/11 04:27 PM

Quote:

Then Sunday it is Peter!!!!





We both live in hope.....


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      #4490050 - 04/01/11 07:00 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Then Sunday it is Peter!!!!





We both live in hope.....




That's near Hathersage - just down the road from me. We should get together for a coffee/beer.

I thought that Peter lived in Leeds and Geoff was in Cumbria. Nice to have you two nearby!

BTW I used to live near Halfway and Wales (that's not halfway TO Wales)!!



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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4491601 - 04/02/11 02:33 PM

There is indeed hope. I got out for three hours last night until it got cold and windy. Spent the entire evening focused on first the Orion Nebula area and then on Saturn. Great viewing for both. The nebula was spetacular. The most emissions I've seen yet with the 32mm giving a great wide view and the 13mm a close up of the trapezium. Saturn was spetacular as well. Four moons with three very close in. I was able to barlow the 17mm. The 13mm barlow lost detail but to get that much magnification was still spetacular. I couldn't believe I actually spent all that time on two objects but those views were incredible. Today there isn't as much hope the wind is extremely strong and shows no inclination of stopping. It may be a binocular evening as I won't risk the telescope with blowing sand around here. Here's to everyone else having an evening like I had last night. It was great after a couple frustraiting weeks.

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      #4491643 - 04/02/11 02:56 PM

Pleased you at least got out. .... At the moment the sky is still and clear, will wait until 22-30hrs, (20-00 now) that's the time Saturn will be in the best position for me.. Orion is too low now, but I will bring Stellarium up and see what's about...

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      #4491676 - 04/02/11 03:12 PM

It's trying to clear here. If it holds I'll go out around 21.00 and try for some O.Cs. M44 (Beehive) will be a good start and maybe M46, 47 and 48 etc. Saturn should then be in view.
Best of luck to all.

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      #4491733 - 04/02/11 03:39 PM

Just looked out.... Clouds forming, serves me right for thinking out loud...

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      #4493035 - 04/03/11 09:45 AM

I did get out for about one and a half hours last night.

The clouds didn't clear as such, but there were patches of clear sky, so I chased those around for a bit of fun. The only clear bit to start with was in the S.W, so I got to get another, unexpected, look at M42. M44(beehive) was good but I really do need that 42mm W.A eyepiece to do justice to it, and some other large O.Cs. Did the other Ms I listed in the post above and also spent some time on Saturn.
I had a "Fun" hour and a half under the stars.

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      #4495478 - 04/04/11 10:45 AM

After imaging Saturn, I took a little tour of the Spring constellations coming up in the east. and then at 6am I saw Scorpius, which means summers coming

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      #4496147 - 04/04/11 04:04 PM

I too went Galaxy hunting amounst the "spring" constellations last night, with limited success I might add. Seeing was good, but not all that it could have been.
I started my session just as the skies cleared completely at around 22.00. I stay out until 01.15hrs.
All in all, a pleasant three and a bit hours doing what I love to do.

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      #4496272 - 04/04/11 04:56 PM

Hi Peter,

It's good to read that you & Tel are getting out under clear skies!!


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      #4496488 - 04/04/11 06:45 PM

It was awesome last night. ClearSkies said the seeing was average at best, but it was the best I've ever had. Got to see all six stars in the Trapezium for the first time....Rigel split with a 40mm Plossl eyepiece. Was gonna try to see the Pup, but Sirius is hidden behind trees right now. Just a great night. Saturn with five moons....superb.

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      #4497451 - 04/05/11 07:02 AM

"Got to see all six stars in the Trapezium for the first time."

Nice! I've only seen 4 stars through my 8, but 6 stars through the 11 must look so cool.


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      #4500178 - 04/06/11 11:12 AM

Not sure yet for tonight, forecast says its going to be clear, but ho hum, heard that one before, still, i just got the obs set up for a nights imaging should the forecast prove correct, fingers crossed!

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      #4500319 - 04/06/11 12:15 PM

Hope your clear skies materialize Tom.

Not looking good here for tonight, but Thurs/Fri are forecast clear. One out of the two would do.

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      #4500349 - 04/06/11 12:29 PM

Thanks, Peter,

its still looking good here at the moment, some cloud, but overall large patches of clear sky, hope you get out later in the week, the forecasts i`ve seen seem to suggest you should be able too.

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      #4501732 - 04/07/11 12:01 AM

John, I'm pretty sure you can catch all six with the 8. Just gotta have the right night. At least I think I saw all six....the final two were paired up on the outside of each of the bright bottom stars. Will have to check a reference guide to confirm that I saw it properly.

Edited by ac1 (04/07/11 12:02 AM)


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      #4502046 - 04/07/11 06:46 AM

Hi Tony,

I came across this and thought I'd share:

http://www.astropix.com/HTML/B_WINTER/TRAPEZ.HTM


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      #4505145 - 04/08/11 02:21 PM

Looking real good for tonight here in Leeds. Sun will be setting shortly. The sky has been clear all day and continues to be so.
The obs is open and I'm ready to go.

Hope it's the same in your neck of the woods.

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      #4505169 - 04/08/11 02:31 PM

Hi Peter,

Yes i`ve got "uncle Toms cabin" opened up for tonight, i did manage to get out on Wednesday too for around 5 hours or so, hoping tonight will allow as much time in the obs as Wednesday.

Have fun and enjoy!

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      #4505231 - 04/08/11 03:00 PM

You guys have a great time tonight!

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      #4505255 - 04/08/11 03:13 PM

Thanks John. Just going to it.

Clear skies to you.

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      #4507049 - 04/09/11 01:16 PM

Managed over 4 hours (3 flasks worth) of observing time last night. T'was a lovely warm cloudless night of good seeing. I hit some great targets in what was a very enjoyable session.

How did your night go Tom?.

Hope others had a good night too.

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      #4507079 - 04/09/11 01:27 PM

Hi Peter, and thanks for the opportunity to RANT

please send some of that good seeing my way

I was out from 9pm until a little after 1am, but my imaging attempts were thwarted by a horrible orange haze that eventually spead all over my sky including the zenith, i did get some imaging done, of M3, M51 and NGC4565, however having looked at my captures today and having tried to process them , only M3 was worth keeping, even then only a fraction of the frames were usable.

Oh well, theres always another night( or so i keep telling myself.) LOL

Tom.

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      #4507329 - 04/09/11 03:35 PM

Tel, Peter & Tom,

Good to read that you all are having time behind your EP's/screens

Last night was beautiful, weather wise. T-shirt & shorts w/o bugs The seeing was ok, but the transparency stunk. The stars were twinkling so much that I could see blue, blue/green, green, yellow and a little red a times.

Either the way, it's better than freezing or not being able to view at all.

Be well!!


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      #4507418 - 04/09/11 04:34 PM

Rant away Tom.
Pity, because the skies looked so promising. Hope your M3 turns it into a worthwhile session.
As John says, it's better than not being able to observe at all.

Hi John,
Pleased you too managed to observe (bug free) last night.
My attitude is the same as yours, work within whatever conditions present themselves, and enjoy.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4507687 - 04/09/11 06:53 PM

Managed an hour last night and an hour and a half to-night. Seeing was by no means perfect, but it was nice to be out again...

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      #4508487 - 04/10/11 07:26 AM

Hi Geoff,

pleased to hear you had some time at the eyepiece!

Peter,

even though my night was spoiled by that orange haze, it really was nice to be out in the obs, My M3 capture has been posted in the showcase thread, only 12 frames out of 58 used though,so its noisy, but its still a keeper i think.

John,

its not quite T shirt and shorts weather here yet, summers on the way though, not keen on shorts myself, Sandra says its like looking at a chicken wearing shorts,

Tom.


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      #4508615 - 04/10/11 09:10 AM

Sound like you are slowly on the mend Geoff.

Pleased to hear you are managing to observe more, weather permitting.

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      #4509073 - 04/10/11 12:58 PM

Thanks Peter, Yes slow but sure I am getting back to normal, the doctors say another 6 to 9 months for a complete recovery. I say 3 to 6, with 3 being the target...

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      #4509080 - 04/10/11 01:03 PM

Hey Geoff, dont you go pushing things just to reach your 3 month target, i know someone that once did that(ME) and ended up setting my recovery back for some time, Doctors no best, i only say this out of concern!

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      #4521577 - 04/16/11 05:21 AM

Hi All,

I have just set up to do some Solar observing. There are three or four nice Sun spot groups on view for anyone who has the time or/and, the inclination.

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      #4521614 - 04/16/11 06:36 AM

Just had a go Peter, but couldn't align properly because the darned clouds kept rolling in

Looking at the HC, the last time I had the scope out was 31/8/10!


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      #4521626 - 04/16/11 06:48 AM

Hi Peter,

I also tried this morning following your useful "heads-up" .

I had no trouble finding the Sun nor Venus for that matter, but neither were allowing me good focus (?)

I'm wondering whether my collimation might be a little "off" but at the moment I can't check it. Perhaps this evening.

Despite the almost full moon, I'm sure if it's clear, I'll be out there !

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      #4521673 - 04/16/11 07:38 AM

Hi,
I forgot to add to my earlier post, "if you have the clear skies".

Art, glad you manage to get out and "have a go". Sorry the clouds got in the way. Hope it's the start of a "run" for you.

Tel, I too had problems focusing. The air seemed to be very turbulent, so perhaps your collimation is O.K.
Sun spot 1190 revealed the most structure at around x170 (12mm). I manage an hour before the clouds rolled in here too.

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      #4521700 - 04/16/11 08:06 AM

You guy`s can blame my other half, she had me out in the garden this morning doing some much needed jobs, she then told me to raise the Parasol over the garden table and benches, since raising the Parasol, the clouds rolled in, typical.

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      #4521773 - 04/16/11 09:24 AM

..... Well if it's any consolation (though I know it's not) we had thick cloud cover too....

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4521893 - 04/16/11 10:44 AM

Hi guys,

Well, I can sympathize. We have a very heavy smoke cover. I'm not sure the international news is covering it, but Texas is on fire. Earlier in the week, the McDonald Observatory had a close call, as did the Prude Ranch, site of the Texas Star Party. Now North Texas is burning west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As mush as I hate to say it (for astronomy purposes), but WE NEED RAIN. Here is a link to a thread in the OTO forum I posted about McDonald Observatory. There is a good aerial photo of the area there.

Do a rain-dance for us here in Texas, please!


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      #4521966 - 04/16/11 11:38 AM

Hi Skip, as i finished reading your report, it came over the afternoon news about those fires in Texas, i think i heard right as they said around 600 homes lost to these fires, no mention of loss of life, but i hope that is and remains the case. Hope you get some rain soonest to help with the fires.

Also news from the US about the tornados wreaking havoc too.in fact the two news broadcasts came at the same time, so it might be the 600 homes were not lost due to the fires, but the tornado`s, not really sure as i only heard so much while doing other things.

Tom.

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      #4521978 - 04/16/11 11:49 AM

Skip I am dancing like crazy.. Make sure you stay out of harms way.....

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      #4524375 - 04/17/11 03:06 PM

Well, after the brutal storms blew through yesterday, we're looking pretty good for tonight. Clear skies, low humidity, with above average transparency and seeing conditions. Will get out and start the thermal equilibration around 6 pm...provided I don't get hammered on call.

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      #4524392 - 04/17/11 03:13 PM

After a clear sunny day, it's now clouding over, just as the Sun sets.
Good luck for tonight Anthony, hope all goes well.

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      #4524398 - 04/17/11 03:18 PM

Just looking out of the window as I type... Same here Peter..

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      #4524399 - 04/17/11 03:19 PM

Nice Sunset though....

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Very nice Sunset Geoff. Trouble is, it took all the clear sky with it.

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      #4524433 - 04/17/11 03:36 PM

Looking good down here! We should be just above the dew point tonight, which means no dew!!!

It's only 45% humidity outside now, so the transparency should be good as well. Too bad it's a full moon night, but I'll still try some imaging of Saturn early AM when it's near my meridian.


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Yep.... .... It is so warm too....

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      #4524439 - 04/17/11 03:39 PM

It's a sunny 77F/25C and I just got in from the pool!!!

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      #4524541 - 04/17/11 04:40 PM

You have a pool......

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      #4525723 - 04/18/11 06:56 AM

It wasn't as dry as I thought it would be last night. There was a very thin hazy in the upper atmosphere which could be seen while looking at the Moon with the naked eye. I went to Saturn and it looked great in the 9mm EP. Cassini division was visible and it was a delight just to see it but the Moon was too bright to view.
I took a few images, but was unable to capture Saturn via a 2x Barlow. I just could not get it into focus which I believe was caused by the poor transparency. Either way, it was fun splitting Porrima and being under the stars w/o those mosquitoes.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4525744 - 04/18/11 07:20 AM

Too much high cloud here last night, same forecast for tonight too, but Tuesday or Wednesday night looks to be my best bet for some imaging.

Tom.


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      #4525749 - 04/18/11 07:25 AM

John, Pleased you managed a little time under the stars. We have been having the same high cloud in the U.K.

Tom, same here in Leeds. Might try a little more Solar viewing this afternoon. Later in the week is also, as with you, looking good.

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      #4541199 - 04/24/11 02:51 PM

Hi Guys,

Looking very clear for tonight after a few showers earlier today.
Dome open and ready for action. How is it with you??.

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      #4541213 - 04/24/11 02:55 PM

High altitude cloud and thick haze at horizon-level down here in the Independent Republc!

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      #4541342 - 04/24/11 04:01 PM

Sorry to hear that Art. Just heading out.

Catch you later. Peter.


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      #4541526 - 04/24/11 05:53 PM

We've had thick mist all week in Northern Ireland, but last night turned out quite nice. Here's a short report.


It turned out to be quite a good night at Killylane, the skies were clear until about midnight, when very thin cloud stared to come in from the southwest. But it didn't interfere too much with the viewing, and the northern and eastern sky stayed clear while we were there. Although we all arrived and were set up by just after 10.00pm, it didn't really get dark enough to do any worthwhile viewing until after 11.
Four people turned up, Jonathan, with his 8" Meade LX, Jason, who was using Jonathan's big binos, and Peter (Misa), along for his first visit to Killylane, and with him came an excellent 12" Skywatcher goto Dobsonian. I had my Nexstar 6se, but soon regretted not bringing the Lightbridge.
As stated, the evening twilight lingered on until near 11.00pm, so we all started out by observing Saturn. The views in all the scopes were good, with three moons on show. A quick check this morning in Sky and Telescope revealed them to be Titan, quite a distance from the planet on one side, Dione, also a fair distance away on the other side, and Rhea a fair distance above the plane of the rings. According to the S&T graphic, Tethys was quite close to the planet, and I did not spot it.
A lot of the usual suspects were also seen, although I could not see very many galaxies in the Nexstar, even with the 8mm Hyperion. I'm not sure why, whether it was because of the general seeing, or just because the background sky was too bright. But all the star clusters seen, including M35, M37 and especially M67, were pretty good. The globular clusters, M13 and M3 were also good, although M53 was a bit fuzzy. The view of M13 in both Jonathan's Meade and especially in the 12" dob were excellent. We also got a pretty good view of M101, high overhead, in the dob, which just made me regret not bringing the Lightbridge even more.
Near the end, we got some nice views of M57.
All in all, a fairly good night, and it was good to meet Peter, and see the other guys again.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: hal2000]
      #4541709 - 04/24/11 07:19 PM

Looking good here in the southeast US. Some clouds to the south, but it's moving west rapidly. Should be cloud free in about two hours. Warm out, too. Mid 80's. No need for cool down, but maybe a warm up for the OTA. LOL. Low humidity, nice breeze, dew should not be an issue. If it's as good or slightly better than last night, it's going to be a good one.

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      #4541825 - 04/24/11 08:23 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Started off ok here in w.yorkshire, then the high cloud thickened and dew started forming on the scope. Just packed up after 3hrs. Been testing the autoguiding. 3-4 minutes slight trailing (normally 45 secs without guiding). equipment used.
Celestron C8-NGT (8" newt on a AS-GT5 mount).
guide scope skywatcher ST-80 with SPC900 as guidecam.
PHD with ascom platform back through the nexstar hc serial port.
Trying to find a bright guide star was the main issue.
The webcam gives a view similar to a 6mm eyepiece.

Attached a single raw/resized frame of a 3 minute exposure to show results. Learned alot tonight....


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: astroman68]
      #4542548 - 04/25/11 06:16 AM

Hi Stevie,

Sounds like you all had a nice time viewing together. It's nice to have different scopes to look through

You stated: "I could not see very many galaxies in the Nexstar, even with the 8mm Hyperion."

I saw more galaxies and with better details through my 24mm EP than my 9mm the other night. The 9mm is just too dim, where the 24mm lets in enough light to see at least a smudge if it's a real faint fuzzy. Just thought I'd share

Thanks for your report!!

Edited by flboy (04/25/11 06:17 AM)


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4542706 - 04/25/11 09:07 AM

That's a nice image Paul.

I can see some faint fuzzy stuff there and only a little evidence of trailing, which from a 3-minute exposure is impressive


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Thanks arthur,

The fuzzy is one of the leo triplets. Still need to fine tune the phd settings.

This next one is at 4 minutes, not perfect, but I'd thought I'd give it a try.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4542745 - 04/25/11 09:44 AM

I too had a good night here in West Yorkshire. As Paul (astroman) says, the seeing held together for around 3hrs.

Started my session around 21.30 with half an hour or so with Saturn. Also took in M44 and M67 before I lost them in the West. They both showed up well.

Took a half hour tea break at this point while the sky darkened.

Between 23.30 and 01.30 I was managing to observe faint fuzzies down to Mag 10+. It's the first time in a long time that I have been able to enjoy so many objects in the Virgo cluster. I crossed a few more NGCs off my list of "seen objects" last night. Small grey blobs they may be, but I took great delight in seeing them.
Some of the brighter open clusters etc were excellent too. Clusters M3, M5, M13 and Galaxies M51, M53, M63 and M64 were some of the highlights.

All in all a good night, which only came to a close by the on set of high cloud.

P.S Great images Paul. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: astroman68]
      #4543357 - 04/25/11 02:45 PM

That top shot is very nice. Can see the galaxy fairly well. It was nice here last pm, not as nice as Saturday, but still very good. Caught M65 and M66, as well as the Sombrero, Bode's Nebula and the Eskimo Nebula once again. I had generated a list of double star targets to check out, but none of them were in the SAO catalog provided with the CPC 1100 hand control, so I didn't get to see any. Did wander around Cancer and Gemini, where a lot of them were located, and probably ran across a couple, as I did manage to view some very faint doubles. Just wish I knew what they in fact were.....

Does anyone know if there's a faint double at the center of the Eskimo Nebula? Thought I saw it Saturday, and saw it again last night. Very faint star in the center, looked like a double Saturday, a single last night. Anyone know for sure? Probably 11th magnitude at best.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: ac1]
      #4543480 - 04/25/11 03:46 PM

Hi Tony,
The Eskimo Nebula is not one where I can see much detail with the 8se. That's when I can see it at all.
As far as I know, it's a Planetary with a single star at it's center.
Hopefully, one of the lads will be able to help you out.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4543489 - 04/25/11 03:53 PM

Tony ~ check out http://spider.seds.org/spider/Misc/n2392.html

This is a great site for astro info http://seds.org/


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4543579 - 04/25/11 04:48 PM

Just catching up now I'm back from my holiday... and I'm sorry about my sense of humour once more but...

Quote:

Geoff: You have a pool......




Quote:

John: It wasn't as dry as I thought it would be last night.






Sorry, I was just passing time waiting for the skies to darken enough - the forecast is clear so lets hope its a good one tonight.

Back to work tomorrow though

Apologies again!


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: MushroomBill]
      #4544624 - 04/26/11 03:50 AM

Trust you !

Hope you, Tina, kids, friends and friends' kids all had a great time over there !

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      #4544885 - 04/26/11 08:39 AM

You just can't stop Pooling around can you Bill.

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      #4555414 - 05/01/11 04:18 PM

After finishing imaging Saturn the other morning(2am), I saw M57(Ring Neb), Alberio and Scorpius.

I remember seeing Scorpius early evening late Summer/early Fall, but I was surprised to see M57 & Alberio since they were around last Fall.

So I took a look at Celestron's The SkyX First Light and found that M57 & Alberio are actually summer objects, slowly fading into the west in the Fall.

Watching the sky as a seasonal clock sure is fun.


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      #4555440 - 05/01/11 04:36 PM

Oh yeah, while out last night imaging Saturn I dropped in my 2x Barlow along with the 9T6(appox 444x)to get Saturn centered in the FOV for the webcam. Saturn was huge and not bad considering that I was over 50x per inch of aperture. I could not see the Cassini division, but the overall image was good with the rings & planet clearly in view. And then when I removed the 2x Barlow & looked through the 9mm EP, Saturn had shrunk bigtime(with better details).

I still find this all interesting and fun.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4556729 - 05/02/11 09:30 AM

Hey John,

yes its all fun i agree with you, despite everything and problems we often face theres still great enjoyment to be had when we do get out there.

Looking fair here for tonight, just set everything up in my obs for tonight, hoping you all get some clear skies tonight too!

Regards,

Tom.

Edited by haytor (05/02/11 09:31 AM)


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #4556753 - 05/02/11 09:43 AM

It's been a fair week for observing in Leeds. Had a couple or three Solar viewing sessions and the same number of night sessions rounded off last night with Four hours of observing under some of the best skies I can remember. Finely dragged myself indoor due to aching limbs and shortage of tea (empty flasks) at about 02.45 (started at 22.30ish).

Good luck for tonight Tom, and John if you are venturing out.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4556776 - 05/02/11 09:54 AM

Thanks Peter,

hoping to get some imaging done tonight, i was out for an hour and half Saturday night, but that horrible haze set in, i also had issues with the south easterly wind blowing through my open obs roof, that in itself was not the problem though, my door on my home built obs is on the north wall of the obs, which meant as the wind rushed through it kept blowing open the door and then it would swing back on its hinges and slam shut, the vibration caused messed up a fair few of my frames, so i have just put that right, by fitting a latch to the inside of the door, should have done that much sooner

Regards,

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      #4556797 - 05/02/11 10:06 AM

Hi Tom,

I look forward to your images!! And with that latch fixed, the sky is your jewel

Hi Peter,

Sound like you're making up for lost time

Clear skies to all!!!


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      #4556931 - 05/02/11 11:20 AM

Hi John!

Have you tried the TV-85 on Saturn? I find it odd that the 8SE cannot resolve Cassini at that magnification. Seeing isn't good in your location?

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      #4556953 - 05/02/11 11:30 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Hi Kim,

The 8SE can resolve the Cassini when seeing is good. It just hasn't been good enough when I tried over the last couple of nights.

Yes, I did take a couple of images of Saturn through the TV85, but since it's so small you can not see any detail. Here's the image:


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      #4556973 - 05/02/11 11:40 AM

HI Tom,
We are all the same. We only think about fixing problems when they are causing us grief. In your case, when the wind changes direction, so will your thoughts about fitting the latch.

Easterly's, which have been blowing all week here, are good for me as the dome affords me good protection from that direction. It was a good stiff breeze (9 to 12 mph)last night but I was as snug as a bug in a rug in the Dream-Maker.

Have a good night (with latch fitted)

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4556997 - 05/02/11 11:54 AM

Quite true Peter,

theres still one thing i have to fix though,in fact its a VERY important part of spending time in the observatory, yes, like you, i must get a flask, i`m forever running out of tea, and Sandra simply refuses point blank, to stay up all night just to keep me supplied with our favorite beverage,

regards,

Tom.

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      #4557788 - 05/02/11 07:33 PM

Hi Guy`s.

Well, i just popped back indoors for a cup of tea I`ve left the scope and ccd rolling on M64, earlier i captured both M101 and NGC 4565 the needle galaxy, i have shot both those targets recently, but my skies were not good, tonight looks better, so i`m hoping i can get some fair results from these captures, fingers crossed.

After my run on M64 has finished i will look to see what else is on offer if my sky holds.

Hope some of you people are having fun too!!

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Quote:

Quite true Peter,

theres still one thing i have to fix though,in fact its a VERY important part of spending time in the observatory, yes, like you, i must get a flask, i`m forever running out of tea, and Sandra simply refuses point blank, to stay up all night just to keep me supplied with our favorite beverage,

regards,

Tom.





You tell Sandra I said it's her job to supply the tea/coffee at what ever time of day/night that you require said beverage...... ......


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4557856 - 05/02/11 08:07 PM

Geoff.

I just ain`t that brave mate, i might act brave here on the forums, but i am not stupid enough to repeat my own words to Sandra, hope she dont read this over my shoulder.

Back off out again to check my run on M64, should be about finished.

Tom.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #4558581 - 05/03/11 08:48 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quite true Peter,

theres still one thing i have to fix though,in fact its a VERY important part of spending time in the observatory, yes, like you, i must get a flask, i`m forever running out of tea, and Sandra simply refuses point blank, to stay up all night just to keep me supplied with our favorite beverage,

regards,

Tom.




You tell Sandra I said it's her job to supply the tea/coffee at what ever time of day/night that you require said beverage...... ......




Tom,

If the problem is that Sandra retires before you have finished observing, just set an alarm for her for an hour or so's time. That should do the trick and you'll have a warm brew to perk you up in the wee small hours


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      #4558762 - 05/03/11 10:25 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Quite true Peter,

theres still one thing i have to fix though,in fact its a VERY important part of spending time in the observatory, yes, like you, i must get a flask, i`m forever running out of tea, and Sandra simply refuses point blank, to stay up all night just to keep me supplied with our favorite beverage,

regards,

Tom.




You tell Sandra I said it's her job to supply the tea/coffee at what ever time of day/night that you require said beverage...... ......




Tom,

If the problem is that Sandra retires before you have finished observing, just set an alarm for her for an hour or so's time. That should do the trick and you'll have a warm brew to perk you up in the wee small hours




While cowards like me have to carry a couple of flasks out before I start.
I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU LADS DO IT.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4558793 - 05/03/11 10:39 AM

You guy`s are gonna get me hung, every time Sandra walks past the computer when i`m on here i have to quickly minimze the page

Anyways guy`s, i had a great night out in the obs, started about 9.30 pm ..ish and went right through until almost 4am.

Sky conditions were far better than i normally get, although still not perfect, far less haze was a great help, the easterly wind also died down around midnight which made my time out there more comfortable.

I shot 5 targets, although so far i have only processed one, that being M101 in mono, not sure how good the other targets will turn out yet, but will post them when i can get around to them, feeling a tad tired today after my stint out last night/this morning.

I will post the M101 result on the showcase thread shortly with details of capture.

regards

Tom.

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      #4593015 - 05/20/11 04:31 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Well it's getting hot down here and I needed a different platform to view from. With the heat & humidity, I believe this will work just fine. Unfortunately I'll only be able to view via the naked-eye. But that along with a sky chart should at least help me to learn the summer night sky

PS: I'll do my viewing through the 8SE around 3am, when it's cooler.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4593156 - 05/20/11 05:58 PM

That looks a rather unsteady viewing platform there John!

Definitely need some anti-vibration pads under the tripod legs (not to mention some repair patches if you puncture it)


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      #4593840 - 05/21/11 06:18 AM

Fortunately it's only 6 feet or 1.8 meters deep.

So if I do get a puncture, I don't have too far to sink

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      #4593916 - 05/21/11 08:26 AM

Hi Jim,

That's probably the best way to get your neighbors to dim their "midnight sun!"

And it is great hearing those WOW's!!

Puts a big smile on your face.


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      #4603399 - 05/26/11 12:05 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

I walked outside at 10pm and the sky was clear. The stars were steady with a slight breeze. By 10:07pm I was completely set-up, with laptop & NexImage. There were a few bugs out so I turned on the ThermaCell and within 10 minutes, no bugs

I slewed to Saturn with 13mm EP and I could barely make out the Cassini Division. I dropped in the 9mm and there it was I also could see 5 moons. Three forming a tight triangle to the right of Saturn and then Titan & Lapetus to the left. I took two videos. One w/o the Barlow & one with.

I also checked viewed M57, M81, M82 and the Stargate Cluster. I liked the triangles that made up that cluster.

And before I shut down for the night I wanted to look at the collimation. I slewed to a bright orange star to my zenith and defocused in both directions. I'm happy to report that the scope is in perfect collimation. The defocused star looked like a stereo speaker with the star in the center.

At 11:18pm I was done breaking down the scope & putting everything away.

At 10pm the outside & inside temps were about equal and the air was super dry. So dry that the extension cord that lays on the grass had no moisture/dew. The scope had no "cool down time", but I still was able to see the Cassini Division 10 minutes after the scope was put outside. It appears that the inside & outside temps & humidity were basically the same, allowing the scope to perform as if it had already cooled down.


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And here's the image w/o the Barlow

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      #4603766 - 05/26/11 07:55 AM

Thanks for the report John. Looks like you had a good night. The Saturn images are very nice.
What clear skies we have had here in the North of England have been spoiled because of high winds. They are set to continue over the week end.
Tel seem to be faring better further South of us. All power to his elbow.
Hope you enjoy many more clear night John.

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      #4603812 - 05/26/11 08:34 AM

I can tell that the weather has improved over there by the amount of photos being posted.

Here's clear skies to all!!!


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      #4609699 - 05/29/11 05:17 PM

Oooo... I like the UN-Barlowed image best, John. Sharper and the colors are nicer.

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      #4609965 - 05/29/11 08:18 PM

Thanks Skip! I like it too. Need steady skies for the 2x Barlow to be affective.

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      #4610023 - 05/29/11 09:06 PM

Quite warm and muggy here in the deep south of the USA....probably 85 degrees with close to 80% humidity. But the thunderstorms of the past few days have cleared, and it's looking quite good tonight. Scope is all set up, got the Thermacell out there (after reading some of the posts here- what a great idea that is), and I'm preparing for what should be a very nice evening. Will stay out late enough (probably after 1 am) so that I can see Vega for the first time (has to clear the trees and the house). All viewing tonight with the SV80S (the ease of portability is making me lazy, LOL), and the iOptron MT Pro (which is a very, very nice mount...will accomodate a NexStar scope, and if you have a small refractor, it will mount both at the same time). The 8SE FINALLY went back for repairs last week, so hopefully, I have it back by mid-July or so. Should be a great night....will report back later. Get on out there! At least in the USA, we have tomorrow off.

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      #4610220 - 05/30/11 12:10 AM

Tonight I moved my c8 from cgem back to its origin (nexstar). I was missing the simplicity of the 8se. My daughter had a birthday party, and believe me - there is no better way to score some major points with 11year olds than pulling Saturn out of a magician's hat.

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      #4610236 - 05/30/11 12:18 AM

I bet. Saturn is a real wow for those who have never looked through a telescope.

Nice night here. Struggled with the mount all night long- go to was off despite everything I tried. This mount is nice, but it can get finicky once in a while. Otherwise, very nice out. Warm and muggy, but nice. Thermacell kept the bugs away. Good seeing- Saturn was very sharp, even with the 5mm Nagler eyepiece. Was able to split Porrima with the 5mm Nagler, too, which always indicates pretty good seeing. Looked at some old standards- Castor, Beehive Cluster, Iota Cancer before they disappear for the summer. Algieba was very nice. Regulus has a small 8th mag or so companion- why is it not considered a wide double? Vega was brilliant, and I took the opportunity to get my first look at Epsilon Lyra. What a cool double double that is! Faint with the 9mm Nagler, but splits nicely with the 5mm Nagler, and even better with the 5mm and a 2x Barlow. The atmosphere was that stable. Alcor/Mizar is always a nice sight, and I saw some good doubles in Bootes as well- Kappa, Mu and Delta. Open clusters and doubles are great in the SV80S. DSO's? Not so much. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice as well, and I plan on getting the CPC 1100 out tomorrow night and hunting down some DSO's and having a look at Epsilon Lyra in that scope. Hopefully, I can fit both doubles in the FOV. We'll see. Overall, a quite enjoyable evening.


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      #4610494 - 05/30/11 07:04 AM

I went outside around 4am and the Milky Way was absolutely beautiful! I went inside and grabbed the SLT mount along with the small refractor.

I used the 24mm Panoptic and the FOV was filled with starts The seeing & transparency were very good. I just slowly slewed around the Milky Way, beginning in the south, working my way towards the NE. I could see different clusters that looked far off into the distance After an hour or so, it was time to go back to bed.

Note: It was humid enough that I could hear the dew running down the downspout.

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      #4610935 - 05/30/11 12:28 PM

Quote:

I bet. Saturn is a real wow for those who have never looked through a telescope.




Agreed, Anthony. AND for those of us who regularly look through a telescope as well!! I never get enough of that beautiful planet.


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      #4611327 - 05/30/11 03:42 PM

Good reports guys, keep them coming. Still miserable over here in Northern Ireland, I haven't had a scope out since April.

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      #4611546 - 05/30/11 05:44 PM

Is that April 2011, 2010 or 2009 hal?

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      #4612118 - 05/30/11 11:40 PM

Another excellent night, this time with the CPC1100. That scope just crushes the SV80S in terms of resolution and splits of tight doubles. Porrima was a good split; the tight doubles in Bootes were excellent. Went through almost the entire double star catalog on the hand controller. Epsilon Lyra 1 and 2 pop in the same FOV down to as little as with the 5 mm Nagler eyepiece. Excellent split. Saturn was nice, with at least four moons visible. Both M13 and M5 were great- I thought M5 was perhaps the nicer looking globular tonight. Saw Bode's Nebula easily, and the Cat's Eye Nebula was very bright, with a sharp, nice center. Collimation may be just a touch off, but not bothersome at all. I'll get it dead on next perfect night that comes up. Finally, the "lost chunk of pie" when defocusing counterclockwise vanished completely. No idea why. The SV80S is a very nice scope, with sharp views and great contrast, but I think I need darker skies to even come close to what I can see with the bigger aperture scope. Wish the CPC1100 was more portable, or that I had a fixed observatory with a pier.

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      #4612389 - 05/31/11 07:04 AM

Great report Anthony. You sure had a good night.

You are not helping though, with my fight against aperture fever. The CPC1100 will be my next, and hopefully, final scope, sometime in the future. I'm aiming for quite a long way into the future, but your report on the performance of the CPC1100 has got me all exited again.

Anthony, if you are able, get that observatory and pier.

Thanks for the report.

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      #4613346 - 05/31/11 04:19 PM

Finally some time at the dark site. Saturday night was really good and I took time to focus on all those goodies high in the sky since I seemed to miss almost a month and a half of observing. Lots of galaxy spoting and a few clusters with the requisite look at Saturn. Sunday was almost perfect. Did a lot of globular clusters and some nebula. Have to say I will have a hard time going back to my light polluted skies for a few weeks. Monday was a disappointment as seeing was very poor or I was spoiled from the first two nights. Any time I tried higher magnifications things just didn't work well and the wind created some vibration . Did about an hour of viewing but just not a good night. Still two out of three isn't bad. Really looking forward to late June when we should have a few more days at the beach.

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      #4616890 - 06/02/11 03:03 PM

There's a good chance I will get some observing in tonight.

The skies are clear at the moment (20.00.hrs) and forecast to remain so, the Dream-Maker dome is open (scope cooling) and I managed a few hours of shut-eye this afternoon.

All that remains is for me to make up a couple of flasks at about 23.00hrs, make sure Yvonne is O.K and I'm good to go.

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      #4617946 - 06/03/11 06:44 AM

I awoke yesterday morning with a pain in my right eye. It felt like an eye lash was scratching my eye. I tried flushing the eye with running water, but no luck. I then jumped into the pool with both eyes open, but no luck. As the day progressed, the pain subsided but I could not read the digital clock on the DVR. It was like I lost my far-sighted vision.

Later that evening I went outside and the sky was clear, but the large stars & Saturn looked like airplanes. The stars had spikes in four directions and this was really irritating because I could not see what I normally could.

Even later I went back out to set-up, but the clouds came in & I called it a night.

The good news: I awoke this morning to normal eye sight. I can read the digital clock and I'm a happy camper. I wonder if I scratched the lens enough to cause temporary blurred vision, but then it healed overnight????

Either way, it was a bummer losing even the slightest bit of sight.


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      #4617960 - 06/03/11 07:02 AM

Hi Peter,

did you in fact manage some time at the E/P last night, i should have gone out myself, but high thin cloud put me off, then later that night i had a call of nature, on going to the bathroom i peered out of the hall window and saw it was totally clear, still tonight looks great so i`m about to get the obs ready to try out my new imaging scope!

John,

yes, we often take our sight for granted, but as you have said, its not until theres a problem we realize how much we depend on it, good to hear though that the problem seems to have resolved itself!

Regards,

Tom.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #4617964 - 06/03/11 07:09 AM

Always a good idea to get eye(s) checked after that sort of thing John.....

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      #4618034 - 06/03/11 08:50 AM

Hi Tom,

Yes, we take our health for granted until we lose it. I learned this lesson after bursting C-7 and being left with internal spinal cord syndrome. I now give thanks each & everyday

Hi Geoff,

I was going to see(no pun indeed )my eye DR, but since it's back to normal, I'll wait and see if it reoccurs.


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      #4618037 - 06/03/11 08:51 AM

Oh yeah, it should be clear tonight and I'm hoping to get both scopes set-up side-by-side to compare the views for Kim.

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      #4618038 - 06/03/11 08:53 AM

Hi Tom,

Yes, the weather held and I enjoyed over three hours of observing time.
The sky was perfectly clear but the air was very turbulent. Not that it bothered me. I was happy to be out there and was completely at ease with myself.

Saturn was nice and took mags of up to x254 (8mm). I could only just see Cassini for brief moments and I saw two Moons. It's proximity to Porrima made it a great sight in the 9x50 r.a.c.i viewfinder.

Amongst many other targets, mainly doubles, I had good views of Glob clusters M3, M13 and M92. I could do little with them as to resolving any detail due to the turbulence but it was good to view them anyway.

I started my session around 23.00hrs and two empty flasks later at around 02.00hrs a very happy Peter lock up his POD and headed indoors.

If tonights skies are the same as last nights, I shall repeat the operation.

Hope your skies stay clear for you Tom, and for all my friends here on C.Ns.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4618068 - 06/03/11 09:14 AM

Thanks Peter, its looking good for tonight, although given i will be imaging, and having checked starry night,it seems from my obs aspect theres not a whole lot on view for imaging, my aspect only allows from North through East to South, so some of the targets you mentioned you viewed will be available such as the globs, but apart from that about the only other target worth trying to image is NGC6946, the Firework galaxy, not a great target for me as i`m only using an 80mm scope tonight, but i will give it a go!

Glad to hear your night went pretty well and hope tonight will be good for you too,

regards,

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      #4619013 - 06/03/11 06:00 PM

Peter, I have yet to see a clean delineation of Cassini. Now, especially that Saturn is close to edge on over here. Is it close to edge on with you as well?

Should be a good night tonight, with above average transparency, and possibly a brief two or three hour window of "excellent" seeing per ClearSkies....we'll see.


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      #4619018 - 06/03/11 06:01 PM

Oh, yes. Also learned that I'm not crazy, as Regulus and it's wide companion are actually considered a double star. Surprise, surprise.

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      #4619693 - 06/04/11 03:05 AM

Quote:

Oh, yes. Also learned that I'm not crazy, as Regulus and it's wide companion are actually considered a double star. Surprise, surprise.




I just saw Regulus and had to check Stellarium to verify the companion star.

The sky looked clear and the stars were steady, but through the EP, the sky wasn't as dark as it normally is and the stars just weren't popping. Still nice to be out!!

Oh yeah, either no-see-um's or nats were starting to eat up my ankles so I fired up the Thermacell and after 10 to 15 minutes the bites subsided


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      #4619790 - 06/04/11 06:03 AM

Hi Anthony and Tom, (who was also hoping to be out)
Hope you both had a good night.

Saturns rings will look about the same here as with you I think Anthony, just about edge on. My clearest view of Cassini was earlier in the year when Saturn was in the S.E bewteen 21.00hrs and 23.00hrs. It is, as you say, very difficult to spot it now.

I managed around two hours last night. Seeing was fair to middling and not quite as turbulent as the night before.
I tried so more "M" numbers, M51,63,64,53,104,10,and M12 in that order. I had varying degree's of success as it's never dark enough at this time of year for objects of Mag 7.5 and below to yeald much.

Still, was good to be out and the challenge is the spur to keep trying.

I may try to catch the young Moon before it drops below the horizon tonight, weather permitting.

Regards Peter.

P.S your not crazy.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4619813 - 06/04/11 07:03 AM

Hi Peter, and all,

Good to hear some of you guy`s got out last night, i too went out at about 10.30pm and came back indoors this morning with the Blackbirds singing in the dawn chorus, it was already getting light at about 3am and i was back indoors at 4am, dropped off to sleep around 6am and was up again at about 7am, so yes, i`m now shattered, LOL.

My night was a mixture of good and bad, i was trying out my newly aquired Skywatcher DS-PRO-80ED f/7.5 refractor which is now my main imaging scope for DSO`s, but i somehow messed up my alignment for taking 3 and 4 minute subs, being reduced to between 30 seconds and 60 seconds, so i must get that sorted in the coming days.I spent most of last night trying in vain to get a good alignment, but failed

Visually the new scope is very nice and gives good views with pin point stars across most of the FOV, just a little distortion at the very edge of the FOV.but nothing that distracts from the the overall view.Loving the 2 speed Crayford focuser allowing fine adjustments to focus.

Views of M13 and M27 were a delight as was the quick views i had of of M57 AND M92.

I just hope i can get my alignment and tracking issues sorted soon, so i can start capturing some long exposure DSO images.


regards,

Tom.

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      #4621815 - 06/05/11 07:58 AM

The other night my skies were clear, but the view through the EP was not as bright as it normally is and last night there was a heavy haze in the air. Heavy enough that I didn't even bother setting up. This also was a good lesson on seeing & transparency. The "seeing"(steady air) was good, but the transparency was horrible.

While driving to town this morning, I could is a heavy blanket of smoke. When I arrived at the store I asked someone if there was a brush fire near by. She explained that there are three large fires within 8 miles of where I live.(I don't watch any TV news, so I'm usually the last to know) It's been so dry here that my grass actually crunches when stepping on it.

Well it looks like we're going to be in for a bad fire season until we get some much needed rain.

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      #4622020 - 06/05/11 10:54 AM

We've always had problems with fires here too, John. None yet, but they're coming. Been brutally hot all week long. I actually pulled a late night maneuver last night, setting up around 11:30. We're in a cul-de-sac at the end of the road, and we've had some trouble with break-ins and late night shenanigans lately, so I brought my trusty sidekick out with me, LOL. Stayed out until 2:30 or so, and had my first look of the season at Deneb and Altair, and the contents of the Northern Triangle. Got Albireo for the first time, and the "celestial traffic light" was a great sight. Caught several DSO's in Ursa Major- best of the night was again Bode's Nebula, with the Black Eye Galaxy a close second. By the time I started, Coma Berenices was off to the far west of the horizon, and the view was not so sharp over there- transparency was off a bit, so the Coma Cluster of galaxies largely avoided my eyes. M13 was the best I've ever seen it, and I learned another lesson about eyepieces and darkening of the FOV as you move up in magnification. Probably looked it's best in the 25mm Plossl. I really need to go ahead and get a 21 mm Nagler, or perhaps even a 25 mm Radian to get better views at lower power for the SCT. Overall, another nice night, but I have to move to a new spot soon- the trees and neighboring houses cut off too much of the sky as it is, and I need a wider view of the horizon.

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      #4622031 - 06/05/11 11:00 AM

Hi Tony,

Sounds like you had a great time last night. I bet M13 looks awesome in your CPC1100

What is the "celestial traffic light"?

Keep on posting your reports!!!


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      #4622647 - 06/05/11 04:31 PM

The celestial traffic light is how some refer to Albireo- yellow with a blue-green companion star. Read it in a book.

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      #4623033 - 06/05/11 08:13 PM

Also known as the Cub Scout Star. Blue and Gold.

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      #4623699 - 06/06/11 06:48 AM

Thanks for that info Tony & Skip!

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      #4627386 - 06/07/11 11:58 PM

We like to call Albireo the Maize and Blue Star in Ann Arbor <grin>.

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      #4629726 - 06/09/11 09:06 AM

Went outside at 3am and set-up the SLT mount along with the 85mm refractor. It was actually cool outside(had to but a shirt on)and no bugs. And the sky was clear with steady air and decent transparency. But unfortunately I could not see Polaris from where I set-up(tree in the way), so I choose Altair and Antares.

I first checked out the asterism in Draco that chemist posted and it does resemble a miniature Cassiopeia. Pretty cool stuff!

I then slewed to towards the bottom of the Milky Way, which was very prominent in the night sky. Using the 24mm Panoptic I slowly started slewing towards the north and WOW, the star field was wide and rich. I was amazed at the amount of stars and then a shooting star streaks across the FOV

I continued slewing slowly north and I could see a cluster, be it faint. So I dropped in my 9T6 and then it got richer, but still not as close as the 8SE would have produced.

I dropped the 24mm back in and continued slewing with a big smile on my face. There are just so many stars within the Milky Way that it's impossible not to be smiling the entire time

I decided to check out M13 and as I put my eye to the EP, a satellite passed through the FOV. Again, cool stuff And M5 looked good too.

I spent a total of two hours behind the EP and I had an amazing journey. It's great having two scopes with two different FOV's. Both give such different views of the same sky

PS: there was no haze or smoke last night, so those brush fires must be finally under control.


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      #4629738 - 06/09/11 09:15 AM

Thanks for another good report John. It's always nice to read what other members are observing. Pleased you are putting your refractor to good use.
We've had patchy clouds for the past two or three day's but I've managed to observe for short periods for the last three nights. That's one of the perks of having the obs.

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      #4629926 - 06/09/11 11:05 AM

Peter, good to read that your P.O.D. is helping you with those short sessions

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I have a tall water oak that drops a ton of leafs every Spring into the pool and I've been looking for an excuse to cut it down. I had an arborist come over and check it out. He found that it was slowly dieing and that the Laurel Oak directly behind it was about to fall over. So I hired a tree crew to remove both trees and man did it help to open the southern horizon.

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and after

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      #4630024 - 06/09/11 12:10 PM

Good for you John. That's one H... of an improvement in both Alt and Az.

Now!!! about that big one to the East

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      #4630066 - 06/09/11 12:29 PM

That big tree to the east is a 100+ yr old live oak that has lived through many hurricanes

It's a strong, healthy tree that will out live me

I have two larger live oaks out front that form a lovely, shaded canopy. And with the Spanish moss hanging from the lower perimeter, it's a beautiful site. Old Florida style


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The laurel oak, which was in the middle of the red cider trees, is now gone. It's nice to have more of the southern sky available.

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      #4630456 - 06/09/11 03:02 PM

That opens it up even more John and at the same time, makes the area more pleasing on the eye.

Will you be able to make use of the timber?.

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      #4630516 - 06/09/11 03:31 PM

I had the guys pile the wood to the side and my buddy will take it away for his fireplace. So yes, it will go to some good use

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      #4631122 - 06/09/11 09:57 PM

Nice improvement!

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      #4631591 - 06/10/11 06:26 AM

Thanks Dan!

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      #4632646 - 06/10/11 06:33 PM

Saw some nice gems from Cygnus and some of the surrounding constellations last night...the standouts were the Blinking Planet and the Ring Nebula. Cat's Eye Nebula was very bright once again. Found out how much the Moon affects viewing...with the half moon passing through Virgo and heading to Leo, I couldn't make out much of anything less than magnitude 9 at all....swing to the opposite side of the sky, and the Ring Nebula and Blinking Planet just popped in the eyepiece. Also noted something odd with alignment. In another thread, we were talking about how stars near the zenith don't pop up in the HC for a manual two star align. Well, my first align using Alkaid and Polaris failed last night, but when I followed the prompt to realign, all the missing stars were on the list to choose from- Vega, Arcturus, Denebola, Cor Caroli....seems like on the second chance, the HC gives you an almost complete list of target stars to choose from. Almost worth purposely botching the initial alignment to make it easier second time around.

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      #4633483 - 06/11/11 09:32 AM

I went outside around 3am and the skies were clear. The Milky Way has started to really stand out these past mornings

I was interested in how my southern exposure looked now, compared to before removing those two trees. Prior to removing those trees, Antares would be behind the trees along with Scorpius tail. But now the entire constellation is visible which made me one happy camper.

Since the lowest star in Scorpius tail is at 13 degrees, would I now be able to see Omega Centauri? Hopefully tonight I'll find out!


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      #4633518 - 06/11/11 09:51 AM

I'm glad I checked the The SkyX for time the when Omega Centauri(13 degrees) will be at it's highest point in the southern sky, which is around 9:30pm. It was around 3am, but that was a couple of months back when Febstars mentioned that he saw it during the WSP.

You'll notice on the last pic that I posted, there is a gap on either side of the red cinder. The gap to the right gives me the lowest sight towards the south.

I just hope to have a clear view w/o any clouds tonight!!!

Edited by flboy (06/11/11 09:52 AM)


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      #4633764 - 06/11/11 11:49 AM

No chance of any viewing for the next few days.

The weather was lovely and clear this morning. Now, some 7 hours later in the late afternoon, the sky is 9/10ths covered and there is an Atlantic blow heading in from West which means rain & winds. Forecast is for it to be like this for the next few days

Still, the reservoirs and gardens could do with the water!


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      #4633811 - 06/11/11 12:12 PM

Hi John,

The last time I saw Omega Cent, it got to about 10-12 deg above the horizon. Of course I was a bit further north than you at about 30.9 deg. You are about 29 deg so it should be a bit higher for you. But I would say probably no more than 15 deg above horizon. Is that going to clear the trees? I sure hope so - it is a stunning sight to behold!

Edited by Skip (06/11/11 12:14 PM)


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      #4633834 - 06/11/11 12:26 PM

Hi Skip,

You're correct, I'm at 29 degrees. I was able to see the lowest star in Scorpius which was at 13 degrees and it was just on top of the trees. Omega Centauri will be at 13 degrees according to The SkyX & Stellarium at around 9:30pm, so it should be just above the trees. There is a decent size gap between the ciders which gets me down to around 11 degrees.

With a little luck, hopefully I'll be able to see it. It's worth the challenge from what I've read and seen of NGC5139.


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      #4633900 - 06/11/11 12:46 PM

Hi John,

Just be sure to keep the kids away from you when you look at it. There just might be an expletive that jumps out when you first see it. There was for me!


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      #4634169 - 06/11/11 03:25 PM

I will not of coarse, be able to see Omega Centauri, mores the pity, (I'm located at 53deg) but if I manage to get out tonight, I will have done five nights on the trot.
I've been observing the Moon, with the odd peek at Saturn, since it was a few days old and I've enjoyed every minutes of it.
The weather has not been to good but large breaks in the clouds allowed for some good long viewing spells. The wind has been quite strong too but the POD has provided good protection.

Good luck with Omega Centauri John. Lets know what you think of it.

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      #4634800 - 06/11/11 11:21 PM

At 9:06pm Omega Centauri(NGC5139) was just starting to go between the two red cedars. (Note: Omega Centauri was between the opening of the trees for 35 minutes.)

The seeing was poor and so was the transparency. The moon was almost directly over Omega Centauri and it gave off too much light. Plus there was a high,thin lay of clouds coming of a high pressure system over the Gulf.

Using the Precise GoTo's with the 24mm, 13mm, 9mm & 6mm EP's; I could not see Omega Centauri. The scope was tracking in a nice open area with no obstructions, but no Omega Centauri in the EP Oh yeah, I used both The SkyX & Stellarium to verify the alt and everything matched.

I'll try again around the 22nd when the moon is coming up later. At least I found out that I'm able to see 13 degrees for 35 minutes

I also took a few videos for Skip. For a 2 second video, the file size was 8.86MB. For a 5 second video it was 22MB. The next was a 30 second @ 132MB which was too large to email. It's sure fun learning file size, time, fps, etc

Edited by flboy (06/11/11 11:22 PM)


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      #4634821 - 06/11/11 11:38 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Here's an image of the moon through a high layer of clouds with poor seeing & poor transparency. NexImage 10fps for 30 seconds, no barlow. RegiStax 6.

Edited by flboy (06/11/11 11:39 PM)


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      #4635006 - 06/12/11 03:41 AM

Hi John,

Despite the adverse conditions, that's a great image ! The measure is that you don't have to look too hard to see those three main craterlets on Plato's flat plain !



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      #4635076 - 06/12/11 06:23 AM

Thanks Tel for sharing where the above image was taken. I just slewed along the terminator until I found something of interest. I see Bliss really does stand out

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Hi Skip,

Here's what I came up with processing that 5 second video @ 10fps.


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      #4635221 - 06/12/11 09:52 AM

Hi John,

as well as Plato that Tel mentioned you also captured one of my favorites lunar features which is Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) with the crater ,Bianchini, showing very well.

Nice work John.

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      #4635293 - 06/12/11 10:31 AM

Thanks Tom!

Since my knowledge of the lunar surface is limited, I got out my moon map and I realize that the webcam w/o a Barlow captures a fairly decent size area of the lunar surface.

Starting from the top right I can see Mare Frigoris, Plato, Mons Pico, Montes Teneriffe(northern part of the Mare Imbrium), Bliss, Montes Recti, la Condamine, Maupertuis, Bouguer, Bianchini, Montes Jura, Promontorium Laplace(Sinus Iridum).

Pretty cool stuff


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      #4635307 - 06/12/11 10:40 AM

Hi John,

yes, theres such a lot in that FOV you got, under good conditions and with a 2X or 3X barlow it would be a great test to see if you can get those craterlets on Plato`s floor showing as craterlets properly as Alex did some time ago, for me its been my Nemesis, i have captured them, but not well so far, still to do at some time! In fact they show up better in your image above than i have managed

Here`s my best image of Plato, the craterlets are only just showing though, they are clearer in yours i think.



regards,

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Edited by haytor (06/12/11 10:53 AM)


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      #4635316 - 06/12/11 10:49 AM

And Tom, if you saw my skies last night, you probably would not have even tried any imaging. It was that nasty. But it does go to show how powerful these SCT's are even under poor seeing conditions.

I do miss our dark, clear winter nights, but I enjoy sitting out under the stars with just a pair of gym shorts on


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      #4635490 - 06/12/11 12:26 PM

Hi John,

Good image and thanks for the 5 sec video. Plato and Pico are a couple more of my favorite places on the moon. When I get a chance to do the processing, I'll post my results as well.


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      #4635736 - 06/12/11 02:53 PM

Hi Skip,

I was really surprised at how much memory was used for such a short video. But there is definitively enough frames to play with RegiStax.

Good luck!!!


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      #4636011 - 06/12/11 06:30 PM

Oh crud! I posted the results of my stumbling around in R6 and PS over here.

Thanks again, John!


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      #4636609 - 06/13/11 06:36 AM

Hi Skip,

After comparing my processed image & yours, You definitely pulled out more details than I. Yours is an overall sharper image. Congrats on your 1st try @ RegiStax 6 & PS.


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      #4636637 - 06/13/11 07:20 AM

You have produced some great images of the Moon over the past few days Guys. Many thanks.
They remind me of what I was seeing through the eyepiece during my five days of observing the Moon.
It was good to note the shadows receeding across the crater floors when observing for an hour or more.
Unfortunatly, the weather has now closed in for a few days.

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      #4637392 - 06/13/11 06:26 PM

Well, set up last night at about 8 pm. Cooled (actually warmed up) for an hour, went out to observe about 9:15- and the freakin' skies were covered with clouds.

Wow. I know I was on call, and may have been a bit confused from lack of sleep, but how in the hell did I wind up in the UK?


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      #4638026 - 06/14/11 02:55 AM



Glad that you appreciate what the folks in the Old Country have to contend with!

That's why all UK Astronomers are also honorary Nephologists.


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      #4639801 - 06/15/11 07:02 AM

We finally got some rain last night and this morning the air is thick with moisture. And why would I be clapping because this is the first true sign of summer which means our daily rains are back.

We have dozens of brush fires going on and these afternoon thunderstorms will surely help to squelch them.

PS the Moon has had an orange glow the last two nights because of the smoke from those fires. Plus our seeing conditions really stink right now.


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      #4639814 - 06/15/11 07:21 AM

There's is a Lunar Eclispe today John that you may wish to look out for.

It will be coming out of total from my latitude by the time it rises but you may be luckier.


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      #4639827 - 06/15/11 07:37 AM

The new equipment curse strikes once more, having bought a USB guider interface that will hopefully give me longer exposure times, theres been nothing but cloud and rain since, the rest of this week here in the Midlands looks set to be either cloudy or wet, which i might add is most frustrating

Regards,

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      #4639831 - 06/15/11 07:43 AM

SO it's you Tom who has brought the change in the weather is it.

I'll have you Hung, Drawn, and placed in a nice photo frame. so there.

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      #4639834 - 06/15/11 07:45 AM

Hi Peter,

North America will not see this, but these areas will:
The entire event will be seen from the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia. Observers throughout Europe will miss the early stages of the eclipse because they occur before moonrise. Fortunately, totality will be seen throughout the continent except for northern Scotland and northern Scandinavia. Eastern Asia, eastern Australia, and New Zealand will miss the last stages of eclipse because they occur after moonset. Again, the total phase will be seen from most of these regions. Even observers in eastern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina will witness totality. However, none of the eclipse will be visible from North America. At mid-eclipse, the Moon is near the zenith for observers from Reunion and Mauritius.

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2011.html#LE2011Jun15T


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      #4639841 - 06/15/11 07:57 AM

Quote:

SO it's you Tom who has brought the change in the weather is it.

I'll have you Hung, Drawn, and placed in a nice photo frame. so there.

Regards. Peter.




LOL, well Peter, rather than put me in a photo frame, you might want to blow it up to poster size, blue tack it to the wall and throw darts at it, WHY, because i bought a new Skywatcher DS-PRO-80ED refractor as well as my main imaging scope, which, might well add to the continued weather problem.

Regards,

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: flboy]
      #4639842 - 06/15/11 07:59 AM

Sorry to hear that John. Never thought to look on Nasa's site. Must be an age thing.

Hope the rain your having dampens down some of the brush fires.

Thanks for the info John.

Regards. Peter


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #4639845 - 06/15/11 08:04 AM

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SO it's you Tom who has brought the change in the weather is it.

I'll have you Hung, Drawn, and placed in a nice photo frame. so there.

Regards. Peter.




LOL, well Peter, rather than put me in a photo frame, you might want to blow it up to poster size, blue tack it to the wall and throw darts at it, WHY, because i bought a new Skywatcher DS-PRO-80ED refractor as well as my main imaging scope, which, might well add to the continued weather problem.

Regards,

Tom.




You swine, you absolute swine. It will snow, I know it will.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4639853 - 06/15/11 08:17 AM

Hi Tom,

Hope the new scope does all you want it to do and more.

Will it be much the same techinque wise as using your reflector? or is it totally different.

Looking forward to your first images from your new scope.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: Peter9]
      #4639899 - 06/15/11 09:20 AM

Hi Peter,

i have not used my 8" reflector for quite some time now, mostly i have been using my 6" f/8 refractor for lunar and planetary, while for DSO work my short tube ST80mm refractor, having now got my new 80ED f/7.5 refractor,the plan is to use the 80ED as my main imaging scope while using the older ST80 achro as my guide scope, this in conjuntion with the new Hi-Tec-Astro guide interface i purchased to use with PHD software for guiding!

I did post a quick test image of M27, on the showcase thread that i captured using the new 80ED, this was just a quick test shot of 6X60 seconds.

I had problems that night with my alignment, so am currently waiting for a clear night to fix that problem and to try out this guiding lark!

Just waiting for some clear skys now.

Here`s a shot of the 80ED and Piggybacked ST80!


regards,

Tom.

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Re: Hope some of you guys are out there tonight.... new [Re: haytor]
      #4639989 - 06/15/11 10:23 AM

Thanks for the photo Tom. Looks a good set up. Good luck with it.

I'm having a bad day. Got my wires crossed with John and now with your equipment. Never mind, it will pass.

I remember your image of M27 now that you've mentioned it. Here's to many more.

regards. Peter.


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