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Silver Bear
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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: BigC]
      #5775463 - 04/03/13 12:36 PM

And welcome in return, Randle!

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RCagle
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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! [Re: BigC]
      #5775600 - 04/03/13 01:39 PM

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Thanks for the nice welcome y'all. Just too bad I'm stuck at work during the week. 3rd shift wreaks havoc on my night time hobby lol. Any one else have this problem?


Welcome,indeed.
Second shift means missing all the evening events like PANSTARRS and Mercury and Venus. Although I sometimes take a small scope for a
quick look during a work break.And compact binoculars are always at hand.This only helps if you have access to outside.
Last night a brief walk in the well-lit parking light was still able to take a quick look at Orion, and Cetus.The parking lot lights are full-cutoff,anyway, don't shine up.

The blank grayish sky became darker with a few stars upon just blocking the direct light with my hand and compact binos revealed dozens of stars.




Maybe I should invest in some binoculars for quick views. I've never really put much thought into acquiring a set. They just don't seem like you would be able to really see anything. They just seem to small but I do notice that a lot of astronomers with a few years under their belt tend to have a set. I've never looked through some specifically for astronomy. I should probably ask this in a different section but what are the views like through a set that your standard (yet popular)astronomy binoculars?


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Tom McDonald
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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: RCagle]
      #5776207 - 04/03/13 07:03 PM

Welcome to CN's Randle! Nice to have you here!

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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: RCagle]
      #5776216 - 04/03/13 07:13 PM

Hi Randle, welcome to CN!

Regarding binoculars, go for it. I used 7x35s to learn the sky, and saw Neptune and Uranus through them - they were great for asteroid tracking and satellite watching, too. My 11x70s are much better though - a wide 4.5° fov, and a nice bright view due to the 6.36 exit pupil. The exit pupil is the aperture in mm, divided by the magnification - the larger the exit pupil, the brighter the view. From my rural sky, I can easily see Messiers and quite a few NGCs. More times than I can remember, the binos have kept me from 'going round the bend' when life got in the way and observing time was nearly non-existent. Heck, if you took a pair to work I bet you'd be able to pop outside during break and lunch for a peek at the sky. Even with light pollution, you'll be able to see a few stars - Luna, too.


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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: RCagle]
      #5776302 - 04/03/13 07:50 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights Randle, there's a fair number of folks here from Alabama, myself included. I know what you mean about the cloudy skies this year, clear skies are hard to come by in Mobile all year long. I'm hoping for clear skies after next weekend, so I can drive to a darker site for galaxy hunting. Clear skies to you.

Taras


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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: RCagle]
      #5776307 - 04/03/13 07:52 PM

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I should probably ask this in a different section but what are the views like through a set that your standard (yet popular)astronomy binoculars?




Welcome to Cloudy Nights. Here's a link to Rony De Laet's binocular sketches:

http://rodelaet.xtreemhost.com/binocular_astronomy.html

These excellent sketches are based on observations with 8x56 and 15x70 binoculars. They genuinely represent what you can see with binoculars.

Clear skies to you


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RCagle
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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #5776449 - 04/03/13 08:55 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights. Here's a link to Rony De Laet's binocular sketches:

http://rodelaet.xtreemhost.com/binocular_astronomy.html

These excellent sketches are based on observations with 8x56 and 15x70 binoculars. They genuinely represent what you can see with binoculars.

Clear skies to you




Those are actually not bad at all. Not what I was expecting. I think looking around for some binoculars would not be a bad idea. Thanks for the link.

Edited by RCagle (04/04/13 10:23 AM)


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RCagle
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Re: New to Cloudy Nights! new [Re: Achernar]
      #5776463 - 04/03/13 09:00 PM

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Welcome to Cloudy Nights Randle, there's a fair number of folks here from Alabama, myself included. I know what you mean about the cloudy skies this year, clear skies are hard to come by in Mobile all year long. I'm hoping for clear skies after next weekend, so I can drive to a darker site for galaxy hunting. Clear skies to you.

Taras




I'm about 30 miles west of Huntsville and can see a little sky glow in the east, not too bad. I usually travel south to an area called Danville Al. Its pretty much nothing but farmland and lightly populated. Its almost a green zone regarding light pollution.


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