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What did you see last night in your binoculars? (Part 2)

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#1 Jawaid I. Abbasi

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:51 PM

The Thread Was too long So I started new thread to continue........as Part 2

 

If you want to read Part 1 then Click HERE


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#2 Kunama

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:36 PM

I don't know if my setup qualifies as binoculars but last night I spent a couple of hours viewing the lunar landscape with Tak Abbe eyepieces (mainly 18mm at 50x)
The sight of the Moon in 3D floating against the blackness of space was mesmerisingly beautiful.


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 04:09 AM

Two eyes, one observer, with the light coming from the same design OTA's and eyepieces into the eyes of that one observer qualifies as a bino Matt. Even if there is only one such instrument on the planet wink.gif


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:25 PM

Very cold in the wee hours of the morning.  Bundled up to the best of my ability, and headed out on the back deck with my 15x70 binos. 

 

Only two items of note.  Some folks on the forum were discussing Jupiter and Mars:

 

     Jupiter:      .        O  . .             .

 

Mars looks like a reddish/orange disc in 15x70.

 

I spent more than 15 min on Jupiter, and maybe 5 min on Mars.  This session was 20 min too long, and I made my way back indoors at a quick pace.  

 

I am in CO right now, and I cannot wait to return to AZ.

 

Clear Skies, and Happy 2018!smile.gif


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 12:23 PM

Snow, snow and more snow, blizzard conditions, had a few stiff whiskeys saw stars anyway, grin.gif  D.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

Too cold to do much outside except a quick look at the moon.  Hopefully tonight with the Orion 10x50.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:48 AM

The moon was truly a sight to behold last night. Used my 20x60 Pentax.

 

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:16 PM

Took my 20 x 80's out. High clouds moving fast, 25 to 35 MPH Wind, 36 degress and some sucker holes. 15 minutes, & The Moon was fantastic. Too be honest I've  never spent much time on the moon, and have just in stalled VM on my computer. Every time I look through these (no color BTW from what I could see fringing the moon) I am just blown away, actually last night I was thinking - should I have gotten a better pair of 20 x 80's rather than the ES102 I got for Christmas? But so far I love these inexpensive Starmasters. took one reference image with phone and stupidity deleted it. Now that I have real grab and go mounts for my binoc's it's really fired me up for the quick peeks.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:43 PM

Neptune and Uranus, last night, with Canon IS 10x30s ... I enjoy watching the slo-o-o-o-ow shift of these giants against the background stars. Also caught Jupiter and Saturn approaching their tight conjunction coming this weekend and Mercury as well, in the morning sky here in SW Florida.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:28 PM

Went out for a short session with the 15x70's, to see if I could find the "sculptor" galaxy and to see how Mira was holding it's brightness. Mira seemed brighter than when I viewed it Christmas Eve. I could see something in the Sculptor area, but I am going to have to check my Sky Atlas Maps to see if it was what I saw. M35 and the companion cluster were both nice. Looked at the "Garnet Star" seconds after a bright red meteor shot out between Cygnus and Cepheus. Cool! Looked at M39, Alberio showed turbulence from being so low. Andromeda Galaxy was Wow! Triangulum Galaxy M33 was visible Naked Eye with averted vision, being about as close to zenith as it gets I guess. Have not seen it naked eye for a couple of years, so this was cool also. Carolines Rose/ M37,38,36, were all nice. It's probably sacrilege to say I felt a little chilled and came back indoors, - knowing how most of the country is suffering such dangerous cold temps., - but I did. Someone left a full garbage bag at my front door. Not sure what that was all about, but I took it out to the dumpster and looked naked eye again at M31 and muttered to myself 'If that's garbage In, - give me more.  


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:37 AM

I went outside from 1 - 2 to view Canis Major and URSA Major. 

 

URSA Major highlights

 

* Kochab 

 

* Megrez 

 

Canis Major is a beautiful bundle of bright and dim stars. 

 

* Procyon 

 

* Adhara 

 

* Wezen 


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 06:45 PM

I went out twice this week to take a look at the Zubenelgenubi /Jupiter/Mars Show around 4am AZ time, and both times was shut out by clouds. But this Jan 7,  4:30 am it was clear and only 51*F, and quite good. With the 15x70 bino's I could tell 2 moons below Jupiter and guessed at two on the other side, but couldn't get the fine enough resolution to be sure. A great picture though, Jupiter with moons and Mars glowing red at 5 O'clock, - Zubenelgenubi just outside the field at about 1 O'clock. Maybe if I hadn't gotten clouded out the other days, the double star would have made a tighter group. Not disappointed a bit though, and also looked up M13/M92/M51/Arcturus/Spica/Gemma.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 07:20 PM

M42.


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:48 AM

Went dark sky observing last night, even though a school night. Been cloudy, you gotta take opportunity.  For tbe most part it was a dob session checking out barred spirals in Eridanus but when sharing EP time i had the 10X42 & 18x50 canons on hand.  Caught the sculptor galaxy, albeit after finding it in the goto dob first and then lasering the exact spot (yes, very lazy). 18x50 were best for that. Could also see the Glob ngc288 in the same fov.  Gees, i never appreciated how big this object is.  Obviously much fainter than 47Tuc but maybe equal in angular diameter?  Seemed that way.  As always cruised the MW with both binos.  But then i realised these interludes were compromising my dark adaptation for observing the galaxies so put the binos away.

 

Always great to get darker.

 

Cheers all.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:13 PM

Had a brief time with my 50s between cloud cover last night:

 

Pleiades

Hyades

M42 and belt of Orion  (No Horsehead.  LOL.)

 

I was able to see NGC 1981, maybe also 1977, couldn't quite tell if I actually was seeing 1977. Neighbor had a back porch light on.  mad.gif

 

Dunno, even though I'm a staunch scope observer, this bino thing is... interesting.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:07 AM

I did a bit of observing from my home last Saturday night, one of the bitterest nights in quite some time.  The official overnight low temperature was 1° Fahrenheit (-17° Celsius).  I didn't spend too much time outside, not so much due to the wind and cold since I was dressed for it, but because the transparency was disappointingly poor.  Using my 12x50s, I viewed the rising Moon, Collinder 65, Collinder 69, Collinder 79, Melotte 20, Melotte 25, M35, M42, M44, M45, NGC 869, NGC 884, and NGC 1981.  M35 was high in the sky but was not easy to make out due to the milky sky.

 

On Sunday morning, I observed the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter with the 12x50s and a 6" f/8 Orion SkyQuest XT6 Dob.

 

Today was the first time in the past 15 days with temperatures above freezing.  I was going to travel to either a dark site or to the Naylor Observatory but the satellite map convinced me to stay home.  The transparency was off once again.  Nevertheless I spent a few minutes outside with the 12x50s.  I looked at Collinder 65, Collinder 69, Collinder 79, Melotte 20, Melotte 25, M35, M41, M42, M44, M45, NGC 869, NGC 884, and NGC 1981. M41 was very difficult to discern. 

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:21 PM

NGC 2403, which is catalogued as being in Camelopadopolous (never could pronounce that), though it’s just as close to Ursa Major.  Transparency wasn’t ideal, but with darkness adjustment and averted vision all over the place, I think I caught the faintest suggestion of a blur so faint it bordered on the subliminal.  A real challenge in 7x50s.  Also took in the double cluster and Stock 2.  Oh and NGC 7235 in Cepheus, which would pop in and out of view for a fraction of a second.  I think I'll try both of those tough clusters again under better conditions.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

I went out twice this week to take a look at the Zubenelgenubi /Jupiter/Mars Show around 4am AZ time, and both times was shut out by clouds. But this Jan 7,  4:30 am it was clear and only 51*F, and quite good. With the 15x70 bino's I could tell 2 moons below Jupiter and guessed at two on the other side, but couldn't get the fine enough resolution to be sure. A great picture though, Jupiter with moons and Mars glowing red at 5 O'clock, - Zubenelgenubi just outside the field at about 1 O'clock. Maybe if I hadn't gotten clouded out the other days, the double star would have made a tighter group. Not disappointed a bit though, and also looked up M13/M92/M51/Arcturus/Spica/Gemma.

A great picture, indeed!  I was able to see the conjunction and the pair that make up Zubenelgenubi all in the same field of my Canon 12x36 IS II's.  Zube is the pair at 2 o'clock in my sketch.

 

Jupiter_Mars Conjunction_2018.01.07.v3.JPG


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:33 PM

Took out the 15x70 and looked at m42.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:07 AM

Since Jan 1, the seeing has been rotten to non existent at best.  Weather has been great, but the seeing - not.

 

Finally last night were the clear skies I normally see almost every night.  Grabbed the APM set up and went out to look at most of the show targets, since I was desperate to see anything.  Of course these objects never grow old.

 

55x (TV Delos):  NGC 1647, NGC 1746, Cr 62, M35/36/37/38, M41, M46/47/93, M44, M67.​ 

 

SplitAlmach, and Miessa.  I have done these before, it is always cool.

 

Finished with M42 and the Trapezium (I always do that...hmmm).

 

While there are millions of other targets to look for with binoculars,  my backyard is restricted to Cassiopeia, Perseus, Gemini, Orion, Menoceros, Taurus, Auriga areas during my sessions.  I could get a wider range out in my driveway, but bright lights hamper that a bit.  I cannot complain, because I got the star party area too.

 

Clear Skies everyone.smile.gif


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:24 PM

The air was dry and the skies were dark blue as opposed a humid night with dreadful skies.

 

It was freezing outside, but I had to look at my favorites.

 

* NGC1976

 

* Capella 

 

* Aldebaran 

 

* Mirfak 

 

* Pleiades 


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:00 PM

Last night there were only a few minutes before the clouds rolled in so just enjoyed the many stars of Orion, Canis Major and then back towards Taurus. In the Canon 10x42IS.

 

This morning with the 18x50IS Mercury and Saturn, the waxing moon and then Mars and Jupiter.  Jupiter was coolest as all 4 Galilean moons were visible in the plane of the ecliptic while the planet split two stars in the opposite plane. Neat visual effect.

 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:59 PM

Sword of Orion.  Canis Major also but I'm not sure I was able to see M41.  Seemed like the location was off compared to the charts.

 

Might have another look tonight if the weather cooperates and I'm not stuck in traffic for 2 hours (again) on the way home...



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 02:51 AM

The skies were less than transparent and there were patches of thin clouds present so I didn't spend much time looking for the more difficult targets but I did manage to log Cr 65, Cr 69, Cr 70, Mel 20, Mel 25, M31, M34, M35, M36, M37, M38, M41, M42, M44, M45, M46, M47, NGC 1981, NGC 2244, and NGC 2264 on Thursday night using 15x70s.

 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:32 AM

Ori and CMa again but too much high / thin cloud to stay out long.

 

I have to put a reclining lawn chair on my deck (in the snow).  It's a pain using handheld binos for higher alt objects.




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