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#4326 semiosteve

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:58 AM

I just sold my 20" Obsession and of course it clears up that same night (last Sunday).

 

So I took advantage of rare clear sky and 46degree (warm) temps to spend time with the Orion Nebula using my AP 7" Starfire, Cave 8" RFT and Tasco 10te.

 

Such different experiences of the same object.

 

The Cave was best for its wide field view with a Galoc 16. A bit touchy to get focus precise, but quite a bit of real estate to view.

 

The AP Starfire was just amazing as always, great contrast and detail.

 

But I spend more time with the Tasco 10te having fun with trying virtually all my .965 EP's. It's interesting that with a larger object with more stars, the smaller size EP's don't feel as narrow.

 

Bottom line is that I noticed a curious effect; moving from the Cave to the AP to the Tasco, the stars became smaller and tighter, and this changed the entire feel. I actually came to appreciate the views in the Tasco more this way. Absolute pin point stars create a feel of distance, whereas the Cave felt more intimate and the stars felt closer. This in turn made the nebula feel different

 

All in all a great night with the Classics - after months of clouds it was like a homecoming.

 

Best,

Steve


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#4327 Augustus

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:42 PM

Took this with my C8 and T3i. Scope was out of collimation at the time.....

 

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#4328 DMala

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:04 PM

Well, in this season of stargazing reports drought, I propose that virtual observations are allowed.....

 

Yesterday I used my trusty TV Pronto + homebrew cellphone jig to simulate real views with SkySafari + Altaz-EQ convertible SkyWatcher mount. I wanted to further familiarize myself with two-star alignments. Previously I was using the routine alignment process of mount, where the list of available stars is restricted by certain criteria to facilitate use (or so Mr SkyWatcher thinks). This was a problem because my backyard views are already severely limited by trees, and I seldom had enough stars in view to choose from the controller's list. However, recently I discovered on the mount manual an option to remove the filter and finally be able to use the bright stars that I can see.  I also took the opportunity to start tuning the settings of SkySafari on my new Galaxy S9 phone. 

 

Obvious caveats: indoor the GPS does not work well, also the phone's compass is off. But, to practice mount setup and use, this does not really matter.

 

So I did a nice two-star alignment with Betelgeuse and Algieba, two stars that I estimated would have been more or less in sight (there was a snow storm ongoing btw...).

 

Then with the GoTo I slew the Pronto to M95 and voila' it was (more or less... lol.gif ) in sight, despite being a bit low and in the light-polluted section of the sky (wink.gif) .

 

Finally I tested for the first time the "Parking" feature of my mount, which should now be ready for the next session. Not a bad session overall.... I did not even have to put back the telescope's front cap, because I never took it off...

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#4329 CHASLX200

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Posted Yesterday, 07:46 PM

Just looked at the moon with my 1960 RV6 and even with a 3mm Delite and 2.5x barlow the image is just as good as it was with my 6" APM ED.


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#4330 Garyth64

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Posted Yesterday, 08:14 PM

Just wondering . . . RV6, 6" f/8 newt?  about 1200mm fl., with a 3mm eyepiece, that's 400x, and with a 2.5 barlow, that is 1000x.

All I can say is, wow!



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Posted Today, 06:42 AM

Just wondering . . . RV6, 6" f/8 newt?  about 1200mm fl., with a 3mm eyepiece, that's 400x, and with a 2.5 barlow, that is 1000x.

All I can say is, wow!

Image gets dim jim, and a few eyebrow hairs get mixed into the view, but the image is not that bad at them crazy powers.  Just the 3mm Delite alone is super nice. I want this mirror tested and recoated.  May build a whole new OTA around this mirror.




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