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The Light Cup Journals Ron B[ee]
"As we tally
more and more memorable hours under the night sky, the sensation
"is cumulative. It
makes no difference whether we observe with the naked eye,
4-inch telescope, or a 36-inch Dobsonian"
Walter Scott Houston,
Sky and Telescope, July 1993
You have stumbled onto the delicious Cloudy Nights journalistic column containing the wild astronomical adventures of my 4-inch tall TeleVue-102 apochromatic refractor (102mm f/8.6), christened the "The Light Cup". I was inspired by the book The Messier Objects by Stephen James O'Meara who observed the Messier object through his 4-inch Tele Vue Genesis SDF refractor. I was also inspired by the Deep Sky Wonders, a monthly column written by Sue French in Sky & Telescope magazine where she uses her Astro-Physics Traveller, a 105mm f/6 APO refractor, to publish her monthly column on DSO observations. Later, I was inspired by another great observer, Walter Scott Houston, who often used his 4-inch Clark refractor in his book the Deep-Sky Wonders and John Mallas with his 4-inch Unitron refractor in his book, the Messier Album, and Shelburne Burnham who started out with his 5-inch refractor .
Small telescopes can give fine view of the solar systems as well (4-inch
instrument is the minimum aperture recommended by the
ALPO for serious study). Planetary observers
such as Beer & Mädler (3-¾-inch refractor), Gorton (3.125" refractor), Maynard
(4½-inch refractor), Steavenson (3-inch refractor), Chauleur (4½-inch refractor), Escalente (4.3" refractor) and in modern times Phil Bundine (90mm Questar) and Richard Baum (4½-inch refractor), have all made important contributions. The well-regarded author Charles Wood of the monthly S&T Exploring the Moon column carried out research with a 4.3" Clark refractor and still extensively uses a 5-inch telescope today! Even the legendary observers E. E. Barnard and E. M. Antoniadi started with small aperture, 5-inch and 3-inch refractor respectively !
In August 2005, in my quest to find the one-size-fit-all panacea
telescope , a big brother for the Light Cup has been adopted,
a 5-inch tall Tele Vue NP127 apochromatic refractor (127mm f/5.2) who is christened "The ?TBD? Cup" .
There are many, many objects that are palatable to the small telescopes such as The Light Cup. We invite you to sample some (if not all) of the connoisseurs. The closest and filling meals lies in our own solar system. The planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon and on occasions our own star. So please meander over to try out the solar system's Bright Wars journal.
When the Moon or the solar system objects are nowhere in sight, it's time to reach out deep into the mysterious black void. Try these deep dish deep sky Light Wars novel and do sample some of the palatable DSOs on the Fantastic x List. But why fret when the Moon is up and why not enjoy our closest neighbor, a macro "DSOs" in its own independent rights. After a filling and salty meal, please try these sweet Light Cup Desserts.
The 4-inch Tall Evangelist B[ee]
One of our deep-cover operative dressed as a tourist on seemingly innocent tour to the Seven Wonders of the Natural World has discovered that the tour company is a front for a covert plot to carve out real estates on the Moon that are currently penny cheap. They intend to turn these real estates into the "Seven Wonders of the Moon" gold mine to fund their aperture fever propaganda!
Following the recent broadcast of the tear-jerking classic movie, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, we have received reports from Mrs. Moon that there are ghosts on lunar surface! Your mission should you decide to accept is to survey the lunar surface and uncover whether the
Well, it's done; the Country Light Cup has now turned into a city slicker Light Cup! In a way, this is our first light in the city (a suburb of San Diego). I approached this observation with great anxiety and trepidation.
I seemed to recall not to longer ago when I first started observing Saturn and could sure enough see the ring. However, I couldn't even tell the difference what they're or how the Crepe Ring look like through a small telescope
My TV-102 Light Cup has put together a collection of tips, guides, etc. to help new observers with Jupiter and Saturn. I seemed to recall not too long ago when I first started observing Jupiter and could sure enough see both bands easily.