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youngamateur42
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Prescott again! new
      #6184012 - 11/09/13 02:38 AM

Hi everyone,

Well I'm here in Prescott Arizona for a visit with my grandparents and some observing. I brought my RV-6 and my 70mm Refractor. We'll also be using my grandpa's homemade 4.25" F/12 and hopefully use his 16". I'll be posting here with what's going on, observing, and sketching. Clear skies - they're very clear here


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T1R2
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6184014 - 11/09/13 02:43 AM

Justin, Did you get your finder scope fixed up?

And Happy Birthday!

Edited by T1R2 (11/09/13 02:43 AM)


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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: T1R2]
      #6184068 - 11/09/13 04:31 AM

Ha Welcome to AZ Clear Skies ,This is my first Winter using My Scope so I'm still kind-a new with this ,anyway looking South-East about 25 degrees or so up , @ 1 AM in Northern AZ skies when my Wife & I were looking at a big bright twinkling star ,This thing really caught our eye , maybe because of the super clear nights , I was at low power using a 34mm EP ( Smallest I have ) anything over that was just to bright for us in the EP , The colors that were coming from it are awesome ,Maybe you can check it out ,this is all new to us , maybe not a big deal for most , but we really enjoyed it , and we could see all the color lines around Jupiter . COOL , I'm just having a good night in my Obs looking at the Stars and I don't have to wake up early O-By-The-Way enjoy your Cake

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Michael Rapp
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6184449 - 11/09/13 11:02 AM

A 4.25" f/12....the use of any homemade scope is always a joy!

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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #6184491 - 11/09/13 11:19 AM

I'm re-grinding mine right now- it was actually based on his telescope. I'll post some photos

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Rick Woods
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6184721 - 11/09/13 01:31 PM

Well, if you ever want to unload that ol' Meade 12.5" f/6, just send me a PM!

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DavidC
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6185040 - 11/09/13 04:47 PM

Welcome to Arizona, we do have some great dark skies away from city lights! Prescott is pretty dark if you can get away from town for 10 or 15 miles. Check the road going out to Chino Valley, that gets pretty dark at night. 4.25 inch f/12 or f/14?? Is that a Refractor or Newtonian Planet killer? Whats the field of view like on that, my 8 inch f/7.4 is some what narrow. Have fun while your're out here, it's better than snow on the ground, Prescott doesn't get snow hardly much.
David


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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: DavidC]
      #6185252 - 11/09/13 06:54 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Few photos of this scope. It is a 4.25" F/12 Newtonian Reflector, ground and polished spherical mirror, made in 1956 in Fresno.

Edited by youngamateur42 (11/09/13 06:57 PM)


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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185260 - 11/09/13 06:57 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Here's the focuser:

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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185262 - 11/09/13 06:58 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Hurst motor

Edited by youngamateur42 (11/09/13 07:02 PM)


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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185267 - 11/09/13 07:03 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Down the tube

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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185279 - 11/09/13 07:08 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

The mount. The thing on top of the rings is a mount to hold a PST. Works nice with the scope when having a solar filter on the main scope to compare the views

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rnc39560
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185462 - 11/09/13 09:18 PM

WOW! that is NICE!

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jrbarnett
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6185528 - 11/09/13 10:03 PM

Happy B-day young fellow.

- Jim


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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6185857 - 11/10/13 02:28 AM

Got back from observing outside of day one. It is REALLY cold out there!! Saw lots of stuff with the 70mm and 6" reflector. A few highlights were some great low power views of the Veil Nebula at 23x with a UHC, the eastern arc can be fit in the field. The 6" showed detail in the whisps, and I finally got to see Pickering's Wedge. The double double was cool, easily split at 104x with the 6", dead easy at 208x. My grandpa split it with the 70mm at only 23x! Double cluster and M31 were spectacular of course, enjoyed Stock 2, a cluster very close to the double cluster. M33 was seen with the naked eye, it was cool! In the 6 i could just start to make out the spiral arms, and some patches in them which I'm assuming are some kind of clusters? The 3 clusters in Auriga were really great. M1 was dead easy in both scopes; at home, it was barely visible with the 12.5. We brought the 70mm up to the top of the driveway to see Orion. It was amazing. I have never seen it from dark skies before. Without filters, the big loop of nebulosity goes all the way around to the bottom stars of the Orion Sword. Filtered was a huge contrast difference and also the amount of nebula visible. I put in my 6mm eyepiece to check out the Trapezium section. And in moments of good seeing, I could see the FIFTH star! I have seen it relatively easy in the 6 at home, easy inthe 12 (shows 6-7 actually). I never thought I would see it with 70mm. Going to get some sleep. Dark skies!

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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6187376 - 11/10/13 07:26 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Well we just set up the big 16 for viewing, hoping it stays clear! Here's my grandpa looking through it

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rnc39560
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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6187538 - 11/10/13 09:01 PM

Looks like a good time for all! I hope it stays clear for y'all too! Enjoy!

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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6187644 - 11/10/13 10:00 PM

Quote:

Few photos of this scope. It is a 4.25" F/12 Newtonian Reflector




thats a awesome piece of personal/family history.


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youngamateur42
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Re: Prescott again! [Re: Pinbout]
      #6187902 - 11/11/13 01:46 AM

It's almost 12 here and we're taking a break waiting for Orion to get out from behind some trees. I've seen so much. Like NGC 206, NGC 891 , really awesome. Could see the dark lane pretty easily. M33 was spectacular, spiral arms and bright spots in them. I think I may have seen the center star in the Crab, is this visible? Or was I just imagining. I'm so excited for M42, spectacular I expect.

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Re: Prescott again! new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #6188388 - 11/11/13 11:19 AM

Welcome to Arizona! I live in Phoenix myself.

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