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#4426 shredder1656

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:43 PM

Here's the second one.

 

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:26 PM

I was planning on observing for a little while tonight but I think I made a mistake. While down in the garage I looked at my mountain bike and decided to put it together and go for a ride with my granddaughter. So, I put on the front wheel with quick release Shimano clamps and filled the tires with 50psi.  After about ten seconds of riding in my subdivision I realized I was too weak and should call it quits. As I was getting ready to get off I put my left leg to dismount and it gave way. I fell to the ground in the street in front of my driveway and couldn't get up,I just don't have the strength too. A few seconds later one of my neighbors was driving home with his wife and the stopped to help. My 15 year old neighbor's son also came out to help.They each grabbed on of my hands and helped me to my feet. It took all the strength I had to get up.  

My granddaughter, seven years old, was scared for her grandpa and started to cry. She's been crying and holding me and won't let her grandpa go. I'm a little scraped up and really sore so no observing tonight. I can't believe I'm so weak I can't even ride a bike that use to put 30 miles a day on...

 

PS. I gave my neighbor's 15 year son the bike and he was stoked!


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#4428 Joe1950

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:39 PM

Rolo, my heart goes out to you. We all feel your pain. You have a passion for life and your family and deserve good health to come your way, my friend.


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:12 PM

Hope you feel better soon
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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:41 PM

Last night I observed some brighter doubles and split Sirius and Castor in my classic Celestron/Vixen SP C102.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:31 PM

Hang in there Rolo. Tell your granddaughter She is a sweetheart and your friends here love her.
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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:27 PM

Late report below. If interested: Tasco 9VR, Eskimo Nebula, night vision:

https://www.cloudyni...a/#entry9278962
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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:50 PM

Rolo, keep faith.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 08:59 AM

Had a very few minutes last night with the C90 Astro I bought from Augustus looking at the Moon through a bit of a sucker hole from my back patio table last night but cut it short when I realized a skunk was in the yard with me.  Didn't get sprayed but smelled it and heard it near the back door of the house bumping around the watering can. 

 

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 08:01 PM

Neaf Solar observing both Saturday + Sunday.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:30 PM

I was out observing for an hour and a half with my classic Takahashi FC76.  The moon, Castor, Polaris and Mizar were all tack sharp in this little refractor with not even a trace of false color to be seen at high power.  The moon especially was very sharp at 190X with tons of small craterlets and mountain peaks within craters easily resolved.  The snap to focus was incredible surpassing any similar aperture scopes I've used in the past.  I could have gone higher but didn't have the eyepieces and barlow combination with me to do so.


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#4437 Bomber Bob

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 08:27 AM

Last night I had the Bresser that I'm reviewing in bits & pieces (getting ready for its 2nd DPAC).  No problem.  I had my Edmund outside & setup in less than 5 minutes on the Tak EM-1S + Filo tripod.  Even with the 50x600 guide-scope, this is a remarkably light 4" F15 refractor.

 

Mars is near-microscopic now, and close to our heat dome -- might as well be underwater!  Weird to see that orange disk within a neon blue donut.

 

Spent maybe 20 mins with the Moon, then to my Cancer Doubles, and finished by slowly surveying the space between Castor & Pollux.  Two consecutive nights of observing... soothes the soul.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 11:07 AM

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Spent maybe 20 mins with the Moon, then to my Cancer Doubles, and finished by slowly surveying the space between Castor & Pollux. Two consecutive nights of observing... soothes the soul.


Next time take a scroll down from Pollux and check out at good magnification the Eskimo Nebula for me, I can't right now...


http://astronomy.com...e-eskimo-nebula

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:36 PM

Looked at the Moon with the Tak for a little while then went inside due to clouds.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:43 PM

NGC 2392 is eye-boggling in my Vixen VMC200L, and pretty in my RV-6.

 

Temps hit 88F today at The Swamp, and it was still 84* at 1830L when I set my Goto H-S 452 on the patio.  I don't need a 60mm APO, this 60mm F20 is free of false color.  No blue-violet lunar fringe, and no lemon rind crater walls.  Just silver, pewter, grays, and black.  As the skies darkened, I inched up to 240x.  The 6 spectros .965" eyepieces are truly parfocal -- from 25mm to 5mm -- and the Goto prism is my best .965" diagonal.  Made it easy to observe fine detail with the 7.5 or 5mm, then switch to 20mm, and try to see as much of those features as I could.

 

Seeing is 7+ on this work night.  76 hours of clouds & rain forecast for the weekend.  As usual. So, I left the Goto in the shed.  If I wake up early, I'll be turning this achro-APO on Jupiter...

 

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 05:13 AM

Had the Meade 826 OTA out this AM.  M57, 56, 4 and Jupiter looked very good.  Seems i got a good mirror in this scope.  With a 3mm Delite Jupiter was full of detail.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:53 AM

Unitron 114 on the Moon for a 1/2 hr before clouds. I may have to get a 1.25" adapter......


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 07:48 PM

The 826 is rocking on the moon tonite in about 8 seeing.  Takes a 3mm Delite without a sweat. These old Newts are hard to beat for the price.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:19 PM

I have my "new-to-me" 1989 Astro-Physics Starfire 102 pointed at the moon as I write. Awesome contrast and sharpness! Had the scope up to 325X and the image was still holding steady. That's over 80X/inch, and still going strong! It's also pretty amazing that the sky will hold that kind of magnification tonight. We don't often get that kind of seeing around here. Amazing!


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 05:30 AM

Yesterday, I was monitoring my two young, sleeping children and so needed a mobile set-up to enjoy the 6 day old Moon. Evenings are getting brighter but lovely just to be able to sit outside and observe the Moon gradually becoming more and more pronounced in the evening sky.

I used my Bresser 80/800 Mangin Cassegrain on its screw-in legs - nice and stable (it's nearly all metal, deceptively heavy) on my garden table. The fine-controls work very smoothly. I used the supplied 25mm Kellner and took some shots with an attached smartphone. I didn't really push things too hard at all when it comes to magnification - I was happy with a 12.5mm Plössl. This is a scope that I use more as a daytime spotter (thanks to the generosity of CN's Tourneciel!) but as a ultra portable, table top instrument, it is a pleasure to use for relaxed lunar observing.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:33 AM

Yesterday I had another lunar observing session. This time I used my Vixen R114m. It was day 8 of lunation so ideal for craters such as Tycho and Eratosthenes. Seeing was good so I used a 6.5mm Plössl. Lunar features were sharp and distinct. Unfortunately my session was prematurely ended as cloud rolled in but it was an very enjoyable observation nonetheless.

 

 

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:34 PM

The wife wanted to see the tight pair of sunspots so I took out the Monolux 4380.  I've had the scope since August and today was the first time I've used the solar projection screen.  

 

The split between the two spots was obvious with the 6mm Huygens and the penumbra seemed to have a dark outer edge...need to do this more often!

 

 

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:52 AM

I went outside last night and used my Meade Electronic Eyepiece on the Moon, but then the clouds rolled in. I packed it up for then because it was supposed to clear up in the early morning so I went and got a few hours of sleep. I got back up around 3 A.M. but didn't get outside until around 4 A.M. I got to see a star cluster but not sure which one. It was between Scorpius and Sagittarius I believe. I didn't have the time to look it up unfortunately. I did get to see Jupiter, and then Saturn, then Venus, and as an added treat Mercury just before sunrise. I was thinking it would be more of a Messier night/morning but it ended up being more planetary and I'm perfectly fine with that. grin.gif


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

I went outside last night and used my Meade Electronic Eyepiece on the Moon, but then the clouds rolled in. I packed it up for then because it was supposed to clear up in the early morning so I went and got a few hours of sleep. I got back up around 3 A.M. but didn't get outside until around 4 A.M. I got to see a star cluster but not sure which one. It was between Scorpius and Sagittarius I believe. I didn't have the time to look it up unfortunately. I did get to see Jupiter, and then Saturn, then Venus, and as an added treat Mercury just before sunrise. I was thinking it would be more of a Messier night/morning but it ended up being more planetary and I'm perfectly fine with that. grin.gif

Four planets in one morning is a real treat!


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:51 AM

I went outside last night and used my Meade Electronic Eyepiece on the Moon, but then the clouds rolled in. I packed it up for then because it was supposed to clear up in the early morning so I went and got a few hours of sleep. I got back up around 3 A.M. but didn't get outside until around 4 A.M. I got to see a star cluster but not sure which one. It was between Scorpius and Sagittarius I believe. I didn't have the time to look it up unfortunately. I did get to see Jupiter, and then Saturn, then Venus, and as an added treat Mercury just before sunrise. I was thinking it would be more of a Messier night/morning but it ended up being more planetary and I'm perfectly fine with that. grin.gif

Four planets are awesome! I'm thinking M7 as your cluster?


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