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#4526 Greyhaven

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Posted 01 April 2021 - 07:51 PM

Welcome aboard Cloud! With my name here, Grey. We will make a great pair.

Kendra came over today and drew me a new avatar. Here is a larger  one.

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#4527 clearwaterdave

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 12:45 AM

She is very talented Gray.,That's for sure.

  Cloud.,Glad you stopped by.,How do you like your Starblast.?  I have the Onesky and it is my fav grab+go scope. Great views for such a small package.,

We didn't get too much rain here.,It's not running down the path anyway.,

The local forecast is still looking good for Sat..But it also says it's mostly clear now and I don't see any twinkles out there so.,.


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Posted 02 April 2021 - 04:45 AM

Welcome to the crew Cloud...  I’m relatively new here.  Great range of friendly support and sources of news.  
 

watching for Sat nite...  might be the 101’s first outdoor session of the season!


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Posted 02 April 2021 - 06:40 AM

Thank you all for the warm welcome.

 

Cloud and Grey - on Cloudy Nights - haha!

 

The Starblast is working out very well, Dave. We've had a fair number of clear nights where I was able to get out. The fields of view are wider than I'm used to, and I'm really enjoying that. I'm still learning how to work out the ergonomics (and avoid the neighbors' house lights) but it's a fun journey.

 

I too am hopeful for the Saturday night forecast.


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Posted 02 April 2021 - 07:33 AM

Ok Who's the wise guy.,.lol.,.26° and flurries overnight.,Sap will be goin good if the sun comes out.,.

  Yes.,.I have been ordered to get pizza today.,Again.,another dirty job for the surf of Industry.,Life is tuff here sometimes.,The more the cv19 has me staying home the less I want to go to town.,It has made me feel I should do all my errands in one trip.,and that gets to be overwhelming.,I just don't have the energy for 3hrs. of dealing with the public.,I can barely get through a trip around Hannafords with a mask on.,I'm gasping away by the time I'm in the checkout line.,

  Enough whining.,lol.,Tonight may show some stars as well as Sat.,In the 20°s both nights.,hmmm.,

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 04:34 PM

All clouds here.,light breeze.35°.,Something new for us here.,The Junco's arrived a few weeks ago.,they have always been ground feeders.,or up the stalks of plants or grass getting the seeds.,.Well this year they have discovered the birdfeeder.,They never went for it before.,this year they are having a feast.,

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 07:49 PM

Do any of the Princes of Maine, Kings of New England, Knights of the Realm or Jesters to the World consider daytime planetary viewing? I was just reading a Sky & Telescope article here describing April’s many occults and eclipses of the Galilean moons of Jupiter. The article HERE as a schedule in UT (subtract 4 hours to get our local time) most occur between 6 and 9 am and at a reasonably safe distance of solar separation ( use caution)  I have only observed our Moon in daylight and think this might be an interesting challenge.

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 05:47 AM

Daylight viewing might be warmer Grey!  I moved the 101 out to the garage yesterday in prep for a little session last night.  At 8:00, before it got moved outside, we were out on the deck for a few minutes watching an 87* pass of ISS and made the decision that I would spend my evening in the recliner.  It was a cold 22 in spite of the pleasant breeze.  I was a little lame anyway from tearing down our 12 YO greenhouse that got severely wounded in our last big wind.  
 

It seems that the climate changes we’re seeing include more strong wind events around here...?  The back side of every front that goes through has extreme kite weather.  Not a fan of high winds...


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Posted 03 April 2021 - 07:00 AM

If all goes to plan, and it seldom does, my son and I will be installing an electric garage door opener today. I've had one on the side of the garage that the Subaru sleeps on and Lady Elaine decided it was time to motorize the shop/yard equipment side. I'm looking forward to the end result. The old unit is at least 10 years old and screw driven and has worked flawlessly, but the local outlets don't carry them,  special order only, so this will be a belt drive unit. the garage is not attached so noise level is not a factor, but this one should be very quiet. Then it will be a traditional Baked bean, brown bread and red snapper afternoon meal. My favorite part of this will be Sunday morning leftover baked beans for breakfast. It is already 25° so the work should be comfortable. Have a great day in the Kingdom.

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 07:20 AM

I agree Mike,.the wind has been quite busy this year.,My son had a makeshift hay shed that got torn off the barn.,His wife lost her parkin place in the garage.,lol.,

  I also kept to my recliner last night.,I was tempted to do a little moonin at 3am but I decided to save my enthusiasm for tonight.,It may be chilly but the breeze should be less.,I don't like being out in the wind either.,It gives me ear aches.,When I used to go Striper fishing I had to put plugs in my ears.,usually wadded up cigarette papers.,

  I think the 102ed will come out tonight. Frank is rested an ready.,

Good luck Gray.,I don't have power in the garage  so I'm stuck lifting the door.,Gives me a little much needed exercise.,Looking like a nice day in the Kingdom.,I never made it to town yesterday,.so pizza is still on the menu.,might need to take a ride today.,


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 04:43 AM

Wow...   got into it last night.  I had to keep retreating into the garage to warm up.  Eastern sky from Arcturus up toward Leo.  I gave up trying to guess which fuzzy I was looking at with no reference other than going back and forth to Safari.  I’m pretty sure I found at least six different ones.  I am  convinced I need to move up to a goto mount. It was fun but frustrating at the same time.  I used the 13 and 16 Naglers.  I did try the 2x Powermate for a while but it was a little cold and my motor skills weren’t the best on the manual mount.  A little instability off and on but I think as good seeing as I’ve experienced.   My eyes got tired after a while and finally moved the 101 back into the garage about 10:00.  It was 26* when I got in.  Too chilly for an old guy, should have put on a snowmobile suit!


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#4537 clearwaterdave

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 06:24 AM

Cool beans for you Mike,.I only spend about 45min. at the eyepiece.,It was 23° here and my hands got chilly.,I came in at 9:30 expecting to get back out but I never made it.,I found one new2me galaxy in Cancer,.ngc2775.,then I did a few clusters and a bit of scanning about.,It was nice being out but my neck was bothering me so when I came in I did some aspirin and called it a night,,

The moon was a little golden colored this morning as it cleared the trees.,but I crawled back under the covers.,.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 09:19 AM

Mike and Dave, great tales from the Night Side! Still too cool for me to enjoy anymore than a quick glance up . Mike go-to is great even for the the visual observer, setup is real simple and quick and only gets fussy when setting up for long exposure deep sky AP.   Yesterday my son and I spent a few hours in the unheated garage installing the new door opener and I was chilled to the bone by the time we finished the wiring and limit programming.Guys keep those Tales from the Night Side coming.

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 09:48 AM

Some good reports here!

 

I was able to make it out last night a little after 8pm. We had mid 30s down here, but the sky was funky - a lot of twinkling. Sirius (admittedly pretty low in the sky) was flashing different colors. It looked like a stationary airplane.

 

This all seemed to improve as the evening wore on though.  I managed nice views of the Hyades, Pleiades, and the double cluster. I went to 108x on Mars just to make it into a small and featureless orange disk.  It worked. Also, one of my neighbors FINALLY took down their Christmas lights display, making for a nice dark sky.

 

This emboldened me enough to make an attempt on M51 with no luck. (Not my first failed attempt.)  Most DSOs present real challenges for my eyes. Still had a very nice time.

 

I hope everyone had a good night!


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 10:53 AM

Cloud.,.I call Sirius my disco ball,.,I can see it from my recliner and it often puts on quite a show.,.It was pretty sparkley early last night for sure.,.M51 maybe tough without darker skies.,best2all.,

 

  Edit.,Ice is out in Industry.,On the 2nd.,and today.,

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Posted 05 April 2021 - 03:44 PM

The new fone clamp came today.,It's heavy.,lol.,Its clamp could be better.,but.,so could a lot of things.,After playing with it on the scope and trying to adjust it I was skeptical.,But after removing it from the scope and playing with it with just the eyepiece it seems like it will be good on most eyepieces.,.

  Leaning over it on the moving mount was not a good way to figure out how it should fit and adjust.,It can be taught,,cool.gif ,.

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Posted 05 April 2021 - 04:00 PM

I took this through the window using the Meade 102mm /f6 with the Meade zoom..but I don't know the zoom setting.,.Who hired this guy. .flowerred.gif ,.

  This is about 3" around.,and 65' +- away.,

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 07:20 AM

Here's the workings of the Celestron fone clamp. The lower knob is side to side adjustment.,the upper knob is forward and back.,and the skinny knob up top on the right raises and lowers the fone.,

  I have clamped it to an eyepiece and made the adjustments to get a sharp edged circle on the screen. I haven't tried this yet but I think it will only need  to be placed in the diagonal and then the scope can be focused .,Or I could focus first.,then remove the eyepiece and proceed as above.,

  This pic shows the circle of a 10mm/60° eyepiece.,Look out birdies and Martians.,

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 08:44 PM

Someone down in Kittery Point has a SkyProdigy Celestron 6 SCT Telescope for sale, $200. On Facebook.



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Posted 07 April 2021 - 03:03 AM

Clouds are on me this week.,I just ordered a 19mm Panoptic.,I was looking for a 1" extention.,.I did get that too.,Miss Peg says.," shoot the 80 ".,I say.," Stimulate me ",.Not sure where it will fit in my box. I guess I will move the Meade zoom out.,Life's tuff in the woods.,

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 08:29 AM

I took a few more pics using different ep's as well as the zoom.,I think I'm getting at the focusing.,lol.,

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 08:59 AM

Yes, Dave, you certainly are getting the hang of things. I'm really looking forward to seeing your AP side freed to capture the sky. 

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 11:14 AM

Yes, Dave, you certainly are getting the hang of things. I'm really looking forward to seeing your AP side freed to capture the sky. 

Grey

Noo way.!!., I may like some 5min planet shots but no more than that. I may consider a better camera but not an astro only camera.,I look forward to putting the 102ed on the LX70 so it can track the moon for a night's worth shots at different powers.,but the dso pics do nothing for me.,.I'd rather do good terrestrial pics through the scopes.,


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 11:51 AM

 Nothing wrong with that Dave, I just picked up a T adapter and 2" extension for allowing a full 2" light path to the camera sensor to reduce the fringe (vignetting ) around the images. I'm planning to use the SW 80 or StarHoc 90 F11 for some birdie shots. Good luck! Man from Industry.

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 12:32 PM

Well if I decide to go for a camera I will appreciate some advice on what to do with it.,

  Who's the little one?,.


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