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BigC
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6345159 - 01/30/14 01:23 PM

Last twoo nights bitterly cold for this area;but sky clear and I found M81 andM82 in 20x50 binoculars in just a minute after referring to Stellarium for position.The 4.5"showed lots of stars in the pole area,including a neat equilateral triangle asterism I don't recall seeing before. Short session,cold and sick,had rough shift at work.

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lamplight
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: BigC]
      #6346152 - 01/30/14 10:06 PM

well, last two nights weren't bad. not bad at all. not "great", but good. tonight was a little better, a tad more detail on jupiter than last night. glad i got to go out as the next few days don't look good.

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OrdinaryLight
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: lamplight]
      #6346292 - 01/30/14 11:21 PM

Yep, I'll take two decent nights in a row. I saw the SN last night in my 4" and saw it again tonight in my 90mm mak and AT72. It was more apparent in the 4" but I was glad to get it in the little scopes too.

I also thought detail on Jupiter was better tonight than last night; I caught the GRS in the AT72 tonight. Not bad for such a little scope.


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Saint Aardvark
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: OrdinaryLight]
      #6346325 - 01/30/14 11:42 PM

I got out a couple times in the last couple of weeks, and it was wonderful both times. Once was just on the front porch, lights from adjacent townhouses right in my face, and I still found M36, M37 and M38 -- clusters that last year frustrated me no end. And another night it was in my local park, where I found the supernova and had wonderful, beautiful views of Jupiter. I love clear winter nights; I just wish there were more of them.

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hardwarezone
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Loc: Singapore
Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Saint Aardvark]
      #6348538 - 02/01/14 05:23 AM

I couldn't see the supposely blue glow of pleiades stars.

Used a 80mm f5 refractor, mag 4.5 darkness observing site.


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