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#10701 deSitter

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 04:57 PM

pellet guns are very effective wink.gif Just teasing.  However, if you talk to light company they made put a shade on the light to direct all the light downward. They can also provide a light that is not as bright.  just call your energy company and see what they offer.

If you mention astronomy they will ignore you - but if you say it's bugging everyone and keeping them and their dogs up, they will lessen the brightness.

 

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Posted 21 February 2024 - 07:37 PM

My sky is so bright it’s nearly impossible to find anything using just the finder and setting circles. A GoTo mount is necessary to locate anything other than the moon and planets.

On my best nites mag 5. I can almost hold all the stars in Urasa major.


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Posted 21 February 2024 - 10:42 PM

Short session, but schweet.  Swapped 2 of my Taks for 2 Mizars - 130SL & GT-80S.  Put the 130 on Jupiter, and the GT on The Moon, until Jupiter got really low & watery; then, put both scopes in RFT mode, until those pesky Gulf clouds pushed in from the south.  Missed out on the Galilean action, but the GRS was near the meridian, and the NEB had lots of details at 225x (Paradigm 3.2mm).  No sketching - working against the clock.


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Posted 21 February 2024 - 10:56 PM

Well, here's the first report on my new to me Mayflower 815. Seeing was not the best tonight, big bright Moon, scattered clouds and a mild breeze, but I've been itching to try it out.

 

I installed a 1.25 vb and started at 32mm on the Moon, slowly working my way up. With each step I was amazed at the clarity and contrast, so I pushed it as high as I could go. Ending up at 303x (6mm w/ 2x barlow) I still had excellent detail with very little color. Jupiter was good up to 114x being only a little fuzzy, the moons were pinpoint.  Again, not great seeing, so I'll take that as a win. I hit a few other targets for fun with no disappointment at all.

 

The mount is buttery smooth, the focuser is slow and cooperative, and CA is not an issue. I think I'm gonna get my money's worth outta this one. whee.gif


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Posted 21 February 2024 - 11:34 PM

Had my Goto 452 (60/1200) between 150x and 400x (SVBony 3-8mm zoom) on Jupiter and the moon. Seemed like 5mm (240x) was the sweet spot on Jupiter to pick out maximum contrast and not battling floaters and reflections as much. And the moon actually liked a little less, I settled at 6mm(200x), mainly because seeing wasn't as good at lower altitudes.


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Posted 22 February 2024 - 06:49 AM

Had my Goto 452 (60/1200) between 150x and 400x (SVBony 3-8mm zoom) on Jupiter and the moon. Seemed like 5mm (240x) was the sweet spot on Jupiter to pick out maximum contrast and not battling floaters and reflections as much. And the moon actually liked a little less, I settled at 6mm(200x), mainly because seeing wasn't as good at lower altitudes.

200x is easy for a good 60mm.



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Posted 22 February 2024 - 07:30 AM

Brought the DX8 out for a bit last night again. Skies were perfectly clear and seeing was just a bit above average. I set it up and did the PA, then off to the races! First stop, M42. Using my phone, I got a few decent pictures of it to stack some time later. Then over to Jupiter for some visual and eyepiece comparisons. Then when I was getting set up on M31 for a few pictures, the declination lock lever decided to jump ship. Again. That ended the evening much earlier than I planned, but at least I got some time at the eyepiece.

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Posted 22 February 2024 - 08:18 AM

orange tube c8  lunar

 

old favorites

 

I wonder how long to fill Copernicus crater with a hand shovel?crazy.gif

 

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The first several times I looked at second photo the craters were plateaus. It's an annoying issue I often have with Moon photos.


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Posted 22 February 2024 - 10:23 AM

After so many nights using low-CA triplets, I thought the GT-80's fast F7 achromatic would bug me.  Nope.  Up to about 150x, there's no yellowing of the lunar features; all that's visible is a thin violet arc at the limb - size & intensity vary with eyepiece type.  At 224x (Vixen LV 2.5mm), the surface is light gold, but the GT retains 80mm resolution, comparable to the C80.  It's closer to white with the Paradigm 3.2mm at 175x.

 

I sure would like to know which company made the glass for Mizar!  Ditto for their 1980s reflectors & CATs (like the famous Altair 150).


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Posted 23 February 2024 - 09:29 PM

8 / 10 seeing, calm air, but transparency was down from previous nights.   Watched Europa's Peek-A-Boo! double eclipse in the TS-65S at 200x:  Tiny disk emerged from behind Jupiter; then, after a few minutes, disappeared again in its shadow.  

 

After that, I went double-star sleuthing -- mainly for those with an orange to red star.  There's a dim & tight pair (for a 65mm scope) SE of Rigel.  Star A is the brighter - a pretty yellow-white; while B is a much dimmer red star.  At 312x (Paradigm 3.2mm), big & almost intersecting Airy disks.  Pesky Moon really diminished the Orion star fields, but the Pleiades in this triplet are such tiny sharp bright blue-white crystals.


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 12:05 AM

Tonight I got out the 1969 Jaegers 6" f/15 along with a C14 for some Jupiter viewing. I had them set up side by side with an APM 9mm XWA in the Jaegers (254X) and a Paradigm ED 12mm in the C14 (326X). Seeing was poor, with heavy jet stream influence. The Jaegers showed a crisp disc, with a very faint violet halo that wasn't distracting at all, with good contrast between the cloud bands and the GRS. Seeing affect was more large structure so fine detail was more preserved. C14 view was brighter and less contrasty, seeing was more localized so the disc looked like it was underwater, hard to get a crisp focus. Because of the conditions tonight, I declared the Jaegers the winner. It was just more pleasing to view, where in the C14 you could tell the seeing was bad and it wasn't "nice" to look at.

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 06:23 AM

At least the 6" J looks like a real scope.  A C14 in any cold weather here or any SCT  is just not gonna get right with any falling temps. You see a heated up mush on Jupiter. I have had 4 months of mush seeing and cold temps with one or two near 8 nites and that is all. Can't wait till Sept when i am back to 8+ nites before sunup on Jupiter. Scopes are gonna be packed up and or sold until then  Time to do some changing up and go big Mak.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 07:48 AM

Tonight I got out the 1969 Jaegers 6" f/15 .....

 

 Beautiful instrument !!


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 08:31 AM

jaeger 80mm 

Moon  (just in case you don't know)

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 08:34 AM

that  6 inch jaeger f15 is lot bigger than my 6 inch jaeger f10!


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 08:55 AM

that  6 inch jaeger f15 is lot bigger than my 6 inch jaeger f10!

Needs a bigger boat to hold it as well vs a F/10.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 08:55 AM

jaeger 80mm 

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Looks good. Wished i knew how to take a pic.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:34 AM

jaeger 80mm 

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Look where Grimaldi is now compared to the last Moon shot (I think with the 1" speculum). Nice!

 

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:34 AM

Looks good. Wished i knew how to take a pic.

there are adapters that will hold your cell phone to the focuser and you will be able to take pictures.  

 

https://focus.picfai...-spotting-scope

 

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=cO_X42NOZ-o


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:39 AM

there are adapters that will hold your cell phone to the focuser and you will be able to take pictures.  

 

https://focus.picfai...-spotting-scope

 

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=cO_X42NOZ-o

I have a dumb phone.  But my point and shoot is not worth a hoot to sticking it up the eyepiece.  Has to be a easy way other than the afocal way with 35mm film.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:39 AM

At least the 6" J looks like a real scope.  A C14 in any cold weather here or any SCT  is just not gonna get right with any falling temps. You see a heated up mush on Jupiter. I have had 4 months of mush seeing and cold temps with one or two near 8 nites and that is all. Can't wait till Sept when i am back to 8+ nites before sunup on Jupiter. Scopes are gonna be packed up and or sold until then  Time to do some changing up and go big Mak.

Well I hope you have some great nights with temps just right.  A big Mak needs to be acclimated before you can use it.


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:44 AM

Well I hope you have some great nights with temps just right.  A big Mak needs to be acclimated before you can use it.

I know since i got rid of a Q7 fast.  Just won't use it below 75f.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:45 AM

I have a dumb phone.  But my point and shoot is not worth a hoot to sticking it up the eyepiece.  Has to be a easy way other than the afocal way with 35mm film.

there are adapters for SLR's also.    I have not used one in a while


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:51 AM

Tonight I got out the 1969 Jaegers 6" f/15 along with a C14 for some Jupiter viewing. I had them set up side by side with an APM 9mm XWA in the Jaegers (254X) and a Paradigm ED 12mm in the C14 (326X). Seeing was poor, with heavy jet stream influence. The Jaegers showed a crisp disc, with a very faint violet halo that wasn't distracting at all, with good contrast between the cloud bands and the GRS. Seeing affect was more large structure so fine detail was more preserved. C14 view was brighter and less contrasty, seeing was more localized so the disc looked like it was underwater, hard to get a crisp focus. Because of the conditions tonight, I declared the Jaegers the winner. It was just more pleasing to view, where in the C14 you could tell the seeing was bad and it wasn't "nice" to look at.

I love to see big iron pointing to the sky side by side like that!

 

I get exactly those same kinds of nights with the C14 and the 6"f9 on planets here (of course, we're at about the same latitude). Jupiter is bigger and brighter in the C14, but details only come through in tiny specks, and I have to try to connect them together in my mind within a swimming mess. In the 6", the structure is all there, but the finest details are lacking. On Saturn, the C14 picks up more moons, but the planet looks under water, while the 6" shows Cassini and banding. 

 

But then I turn to deep sky faint fuzzies, and the C14 does what bigger aperture does best -- makes things clearly visible that the 6" barely hints at. 

 

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:24 AM

I love to see big iron pointing to the sky side by side like that!

 

I get exactly those same kinds of nights with the C14 and the 6"f9 on planets here (of course, we're at about the same latitude). Jupiter is bigger and brighter in the C14, but details only come through in tiny specks, and I have to try to connect them together in my mind within a swimming mess. In the 6", the structure is all there, but the finest details are lacking. On Saturn, the C14 picks up more moons, but the planet looks under water, while the 6" shows Cassini and banding. 

 

But then I turn to deep sky faint fuzzies, and the C14 does what bigger aperture does best -- makes things clearly visible that the 6" barely hints at. 

 

Chip W.

A freaky sharp C14 in warm weather on a dead still nite must be fun.


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