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Peter9
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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6246655 - 12/11/13 09:49 AM

Hi Tony,

Many thanks for your kind words. I was working with the "big" scope (no match for "the brute") I know. . I have my home made solar filter stopped down so to speak, (the aperture is only 7") so it compares well with what would be seen via the 6 or 8 se.
I am going to put the 8se back together for use as a general "grab and go" scope.. It's just too good a scope to abandon all together. A 6se tube would be better but I'll manage with the 8se for now.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6249862 - 12/12/13 08:39 PM

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Hi Tony,

Many thanks for your kind words. I was working with the "big" scope (no match for ("the brute") I know. . I have my home made solar filter stopped down so to speak, (the aperture is only 7") so it compares well with what would be seen via the 6 or 8 se.
I am going to put the 8se back together for use as a general "grab and go" scope.. It's just too good a scope to abandon all together. A 6se tube would be better but I'll manage with the 8se for now.

Regards. Peter.




Mighty fine Peter! Sounds like you have a great setup and are capable of some serious observing. Your right the 8SE definitely deserves to be used too! The last couple of nights have been fairly clear but I have not been able to get out. Tomorrow there is a good chance of rain and I'm not sure on the weekend. Sure hope it is clear though Hope you are able to get out too. Lots of good constellations coming up I did order and get in a pretty nice 1.25" to .965" black aluminum adapter. I've been meaning to get one and finally got around to it since I was wanting to use some nice old .965 orthos I had. Better go get another cup of coffee for the evening. Take care and maybe I can get Brenda to help be get the brute out this weekend


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6258924 - 12/17/13 08:36 PM

Finally got the ES102 out briefly this evening. I had to send the first mount back for a defect and got the replacement yesterday. Overall I'm happy with the scope and it was purchased for wider field of views for open cluster and the like. As you know with fast achromats CA begins to creep in. Jupiter definitely had some purple CA as did Venus! Maybe a Baader Fringe Filter or Semi Apo will do the trick! Again the scope is not for planets but a filter will improve the view. I briefly checked out M45 and the double cluster and oh yea just what I was looking for, g. I also checked out Alberio even though it is low in the west and it was a good view. It may need a touch of collimation but I need to spend a little more time with it. Hope you guy are getting some clear sky.... Tony

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6263507 - 12/20/13 11:12 AM

Hi Tony,

Thanks for the report.

Good to hear you managed to get some time in with the 102. It would appear that it worked well in the area's you wanted it to, i.e Open Clusters and the like. By the sound of things, the views of the Double cluster and M45 met with your approval. Hope they are even better when you've touch up the collimation.

As for clear skies over here, theres not been, nor are there forecast, any opportunities in the near furture. Looks likely that it will be after Christmas before I get out again.

Regards. Peter.


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6264655 - 12/20/13 11:37 PM

Peter - Thanks and I hope your weather improves. My daughter came down from Dallas to stay for a few days. She likes astronomy and viewing but unfortunately the weather has turned cloudy with rain and possible strong thunderstorm later tonight or am. No observing for a few days and then we hit the road for come Christmas visiting. Hope you get some much clearer skies soon! We are getting in to one of my favorite observing seasons! Tony

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6264905 - 12/21/13 08:04 AM

Looks like I'll be getting a Christmas present from Santa. Forecast calls for clear skies on Christmas Eve. I'll be hosting a holiday party with my in-laws and all the kids so we can search the nights sky for Santa's sleigh.

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6264911 - 12/21/13 08:12 AM

Good work on "getting a present" Ben. Hope the party goes well. Don't forget to let us have the co-ords should you be sucessful in sighting Santa

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6265152 - 12/21/13 11:31 AM

James - Man that's great! Hope you get great views! Send it my way as we currently have storms rolling in It may clear off hopefully this evening but it is supposed to be windy. Have fun... Tony

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6265963 - 12/21/13 08:09 PM

Right now it's warm but cloudy. It seems the only time it's clear is when it's below freezing as will be the case on Tuesday. Hope all goes well.

Oh, and Peter I know you must have been confused since it's been a while since I posted here.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6266449 - 12/22/13 06:15 AM

Hey all, sorry I have been busy with the new job and Christmas stuff.. But last night the wife and I got out some under partly cloudy skies. Since I have so much light pollutions it was bino night. The wife and I were viewing M45. Mostly we were enjoying the 70 degree temps last night. If the forecast holds out, it supposed to be "Clear" skies for Christmas Eve. I am hoping to get the scope out.

Peter - Great that you got to get some Solar views in. I hope your skies are clear for Christmas. And glad you are putting the 8SE together. The 8SE is a nice scope for it to just sit. You know it's jealous of that CPC1100.

Tony - Very cool that you got the new scope. That ES102 looks like a nice refractor.

James - I hope you get your clear skies for Christmas. I had 3 clear skies this week, but I could utilize them because of having to go to bed early and getting up early to drive to my new job. That is the down side of my new job. My old job was so close that if I only got a few hours sleep, it didn't effect me. Oh well, I look forward to clear skies on the weekends or the night before a holiday.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6266485 - 12/22/13 07:16 AM

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Oh, and Peter I know you must have been confused since it's been a while since I posted here.




Sorry Fred.

Hope you and the family enjoy a great Christmas James.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. [Re: Peter9]
      #6269214 - 12/23/13 06:46 PM

Well tonight is very clear so I have set up. Don't really have an observing list put together but I'll come up with a few. Definitely will be checking Jupiter out Hope you guys get some good clear sky tonight!?

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6276414 - 12/28/13 12:21 AM

Finally got the scope out. The seeing was not great and I had some haze and passing clouds to contend with. However, there were good periods and I did get to see some new stuff.

M37: This cluster is beautiful....I never noticed it before. Although very dense with stars and tightly packed, it is dim. As you stare at this cluster it will start to reveal more. Describing it as captivating would be an understatement. I located this using the stock 25mm but it looked mushy, so I switched to a Vixen NPL 30mm. The NPL made it easier to take it in by darkening the surrounding sky.

M35: Brighter than M37 but less densely packed. There is a small patch in it that looks like a loose globular. Another pretty one.

M41, M48, and M50, and the Arrow Head were also observed.

Using the tour mode, I came across a cluster by the name of "Number 3 cluster". It simply looks like a "3" I tried googling this but I cant seem to find anything on it. Anyone have info on this?

I saw Andromeda as a very faint smudge. Barely noticeable. I have seen it before, but this is the first time I have been able to actually see it from this location.

I managed to get a non grainy and clear focus on Jupiter with an 8mm ep so this evening had its good moments of seeing. I could make out 2 bands. I was able to squeeze in all 4 visible moons in the field of view. I have not been able to get this clear of a view at this power for a long time. It was nice and bright.

Observing time was about 2 hours total. By then, I couldnt feel my toes anymore so I packed it up.

I do not know how to put in to words, the joy I get from this telescope!!!!

Edited by sonny.barile (12/28/13 12:26 AM)


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #6276908 - 12/28/13 10:18 AM

I finally got my Christmas present last night . The clouds parted and I was able to do some observing and get a few videos of Jupiter with one of the moons transiting.

I have some guests staying over from Brazil who had never seen Jupiter through a telescope. I told them they were in for a treat, that one of the moons was passing in front of the planet and you will see its shadow. Of course, they were awe struck. I showed them M42 and explained to them that the 4 stars in the middle of the cloud were still being formed "Muito legal!" (very cool). Seeing must have been decent as I was able to faintly make out the "E" star in the Trap. Clouds rolled in and out and it was freezing, but I did manage a few videos before midnight.

Hope all had a Merry Christmas and wishing all a Happy and Healthy 2014!


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6288317 - 01/02/14 07:29 PM

Alright, I'll be honest I have nothing to brag about as far as observing goes unless watching snow blow by driven by 30mph winds and wind chill down to -45F.This old Yankee has entered the survival mode.
Be Well, stay Warm
Grey


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sonny.barile
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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6288689 - 01/02/14 10:48 PM

Grey, Im a just a snowballs throw south of you and Im feeling the same thing. Im hunkering down for the Blizzard of 14.

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #6289049 - 01/03/14 05:44 AM

Sonny, James, many thanks for your reports. Really pleased you both managed to get some scope time in. Jupiter and M42 seem to have provide the highlight of your nights.
We are really suffering weather wise here in the U.K. As Tel said in the imaging thread, we've had nothing but high winds and heavy rain. It looks set to continue for the next 5 to 6 days (winds of 25/30 mph as I type. Hope you all have better luck.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6291332 - 01/04/14 09:26 AM

Was a beautiful clear night but with temps in single digits, about 8" of snow on the ground and me recovering from a cold I decided twas not a good idea to venture out. Seen weather reports from GB, good luck mates! Don't forget to batten down the hatches. I'm sure there is somewhere with good weather. Where's all our friends on the other side of the equator?

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6291427 - 01/04/14 10:15 AM

Went out for a bit last night with the 60mm. Sky was clear, SQM 18.71 and NELM 5.41. Clear but typical orange zone I wanted to check out a Baader yellow 495nm longpass filter. I'm replacing the finderscope on my AR102 so and I didn't bother with the 6SE since I only had a small amount of time to observe. Jupiter was up at a good spot for me to view it. At 41x the north and south eq belts were visible. At 56x hints of the temperate belts were visible. Unfortunately it was windy so there was some movement but when the wind was calm views were good. At 78x the details were a little better with hints of additional features. Moons were defined and you could determine differences is size. With the longpass filter all views were crisper and visibly more prominent. It's a good filter. There was some light yellow coloring of Jupiter but with the increased definition, well worth the minor cost. Orion was up at around 30 to 40 degrees so I went to M42. With 78x I could see the four major Trapezium (A-D)stars. With the longpass filter, they were a tad more defined. There really isn't much CA that I can see with 60mm but I plan on testing it with the 102mm when I get the new finder on it. The wind was a bit of an issue but in the lulls viewing was very steady. The longpass filter is a good addition to my observing tools and the typical cost is less than $40. I see some positive benefit with the performance of the filter which I expected after reading a number of the threads in the refractor forum. I observed for about 1.5 hrs. The only downfall of the 60mm is the mount. I may look at getting some rings and a vixen dovetail so I can mount it on the Twilight I mount or maybe pickup a good used Vixen Porta mount of some type. Hope you guys are getting some time in and I hope my buds over the pond get a break with the horrible weather they've been experiencing... Tony

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. [Re: hopskipson]
      #6291435 - 01/04/14 10:19 AM

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Was a beautiful clear night but with temps in single digits, about 8" of snow on the ground and me recovering from a cold I decided twas not a good idea to venture out. Seen weather reports from GB, good luck mates! Don't forget to batten down the hatches. I'm sure there is somewhere with good weather. Where's all our friends on the other side of the equator?



They're stuck in the ice off Antarctica
guess they haven't been following all the cruse ship news stories.
Be Well
Grey


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