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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5761864 - 03/28/13 07:48 AM

Still you have to love 4" binoculars at that price.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5762232 - 03/28/13 11:36 AM

For sure. So much light gathering.

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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5762696 - 03/28/13 04:43 PM

I thought about one of the binocular telescopes for the unoccupied side of my refractor mount but, they always show up right after I spend the money. Anyway, pairs of eyepieces can get expensive. The Vixen 80mm seems like a good deal new but, I just can't pull the trigger. My refractor has almost binoculars type field of view with a 30mm ES82. It isn't quite as ... (I typed the end of this sentence 15 times and can't seem to get the right idea across). Binoculars have something special that you don't get with a telescope. That is not quite what I was trying to say but, I am sure you all know what I am getting at.
It is pretty great with the 4.5* field. Having binos with the same view would be genius.


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Sky Captain
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5763323 - 03/28/13 10:27 PM

Quote:

They were comfortable all the way to zenith.

With a parallelogram mount the need for angled oculars is reduced.





Having the P-gram will help, but the 45 deg. binocs would be MUCH better for sure!

I was so impressed with the view, that I'm seriously concidering building some 6" versions. I'd use these IStar 6" F5 objectives.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5763341 - 03/28/13 10:39 PM

If I could raise the cash, I'd be tempted to get these giant binoculars. Less than half the cost of the Fuji 40x150's.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5765918 - 03/29/13 11:18 PM

Quote:

......I'd be tempted to get these giant binoculars.





Awesome.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5766051 - 03/30/13 01:58 AM

Sky tonight. Got my AT6RC and my T1I outside collecting M51. Might be poor data since I am shooting a little longer than the LP is letting me get away with but with the moon soon to polute, what the heck...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5766125 - 03/30/13 03:58 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

18 X 5 minutes, I used a reducer flattener. It's cropped a little because of a really bad gradient from the LP. Canon T1i Unmodified(but that may change soon)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5766722 - 03/30/13 12:07 PM

That's just astonishing, Robert. I don't recall seeing images of the faint wisps off NGC 5195, extending toward 10:00 in this orientation. Pretty amazing.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5766888 - 03/30/13 01:28 PM

Thank You Mike! I'm going to shoot some dark frames and re-calibrate and re-stack it to see if I can clean it up a bit more. It's in a good position at my location just as it gets dark here so I may take a stab at it with my Mono camera and see about adding some mono Luminance too Tonight...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5767619 - 03/30/13 09:03 PM

I'm going to drive over to a hill in Tumwater to see if I can catch the comet finally. Rock Candy Mtn would be even better, but it's too long a drive at night for me today.

Brad


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5767647 - 03/30/13 09:25 PM

That m51 reminds me of the view through Bill's 22". The image is better but, there is nothing like the instant gratification of a large dob :-)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5767992 - 03/31/13 01:20 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

here is a quick 5 minute shot from tonight. This is a raw single exposure (meaning: no calibration). hence the dust donuts. Cropped off the vignetting

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #5768562 - 03/31/13 11:14 AM

Well, I saw it. From a fairly light polluted spot and with it so low in the sky, it was somewhat underwhelming. I spotted it in the 80mm, I could not catch it in my small binocs.

Brad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #5768585 - 03/31/13 11:27 AM

I went out to my new local dark sky spot last night, saw the winter milky way for the first time, I think the site is atleast mag 6-6.5.

The skyglow from yakima is still huge,20 miles away.The entire South East is awash in light a good 30* up from the horizon.

Edited by DarkSkys (03/31/13 11:31 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5768687 - 03/31/13 12:18 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

O-M-G when are they going to figure out that the "Grand Opening" or "Big Sale" is really not so exciting as to merit SEARCH LIGHTS!!! I've never encountered anyone who was driving along, saw search lights shining accross the sky and said "Hey! we better go to the source of that light and see what's up"


I still got to have clear sky and do some imaging!
After much post processing and a decision that I will likely have to start from scratch and re-stack with more flat frames... here is the results from last night.

25 X 5 minutes with the Quantix KAF6303E on my AT6RC


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5768701 - 03/31/13 12:26 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

A close up (100% crop)

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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5768718 - 03/31/13 12:42 PM

Wow Robert, you are getting perfect stars. Even loomed in they look nice and round.

Kerry, those 6" apo binocular telescopes are drool worthy. I could never see myself buying them because I would have a D14 instead but, I would gladly look through yours:-P


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5768726 - 03/31/13 12:46 PM

Thanks for the "fix", Robert!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5769075 - 03/31/13 03:46 PM

I'm heading out to Rattlesnake lake tonight if this weather holds. I've yet to see any deep sky objects this winter, so one last shot!

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