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

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#26 duck2k

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:31 AM

APM 100, TV Delite 5mm (recently purchased), and UF 18mm.

 

I tested the 5mm on Miessa in Cr 69.  At 55x (the 10mm Delos) I can split it, but at 110x I can literally separate the star further.  That was a beautiful sight.

I moved over to the Trapezium, and concentrated on those stars.  Obviously I can see A,B,C, and D stars.  With a little averted vision, I was able to make out (barely) the E star.*

These were the only two items tested with the 5mm's.  I still want to do some planet (Jupiter, Saturn, et al), and lunar observation with these eyepieces.

Other targets with my 18mm UF last night were:

M41, M46/47, M50, NGC 2353, M93, M48, M44, and M67.

​Clear Skies!

 

* I want to point out if there are any of you that want to leave an input of what I am seeing, or how the equipment is used, or any pointers will help me.  I may have done this for a couple of years, but I am learning as well.  Feel free to enlighten me on anything I am doing and if I could do better.  Thanks.:)


Edited by duck2k, 20 January 2018 - 10:50 AM.

 

#27 contrailmaker

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 11:13 PM

Observed the area between Puppis and Canis Major with the Spacewalker 3D binocs. Open cluster NGC 2451 was the highlight.   Great 3D effect.

Also, earlier today we observed the ISS using my Pentax 12x50s and 7” Maksutov telescope.

 

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#28 RichD

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 04:11 AM

Had a v good weekend with clear skies and new moon setting early. Hard frost on fri and sat night with crystal clear transparency.

 

Dusted off the 30x100 (lain unused for a loooong time), and took in all the usual winter objects - M42 (incredible in these big bins), M35, M41, M50, NGC 2362, M1,M78,NGC 2244 + 2264, M103, NGC 457, NGC 7789 (superb this time), M52, Double cluster, Stock 2,M45 (glimpsed merope nebula),M67,M44,M46/47,M93 plus many more!

 

First good weekend of observing for a while for me and it was great to have two good sessions back to back. I had gone to small scope and handheld binos only for pretty much the last 5 years of observing - I had forgotten just how good the 30x100s are.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:28 AM

Had my first night out with the binos since before Christmas! Then for only a bit since I was at some friend's house and they didn't like the cold weather.  Last night I spent an hour outside with the both sets, got in Taurus and Orion then over to Cassiopeia and then swam through the Milky from Cassiopeia to Orion again.  Had a splendid time on Orion's belt and head looking at all of the stars there.  Great time for once! waytogo.gif 


 

#30 contrailmaker

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

Omega Centauri! I was tossing and turning in bed last night. Got up at about 3:45 and went to the kitchen for a glass of water. Looking out the kitchen window there was Crux, the Southern Cross with Centaurus riding high above it. Got out the 8x42 Spacewalker binocs, the 20x60 Pentax PCFs and the Orion 102 Mak which is our new grab-and-go scope. Observed the constellations Crux, Centaurus, Vela and Carina switching between binoculars and occasionally the telescope for a close up view. Open clusters NGC3532 and NGC3201 were the highlights and, of course, the monster, Omega Centauri which was clearly seen with the unaided eye. By the end of the session, as it got higher in the sky, it was resolving into a myriad of faint stars with the 20x60s.

 

Some objects are clearly better observed with binoculars and this is one of them. I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. It was from our club’s dark sky location in souther Arizona using a pair of 80mm Fujinon binoculars. The cluster was fully resolved. Large and bright in pseudo 3D splendor. I spent so much time staring at it I remember being dizzy after stepping away from the binoculars.

 

By about 4:45 a parade of satellites started passing by. They are a lot of fun to watch as they appear to travel among the stars when viewed with the Spacewalker binocs.

 

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#31 contrailmaker

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

Hey Rich, how about posting a picture of those 30x100s.

 

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#32 RichD

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 06:58 AM

I'll see if I can dig one out CM.

 

That region of the southern hemisphere you were observing is awesome, particularly around Carina. Best part of the entire sky for bino sweeping IMO.


 

#33 hallelujah

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hey Rich, how about posting a picture of those 30x100s.

 

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#34 duck2k

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:44 PM

Had the APM 100 @ 55x.  It was a short session, so along with a few of the usuals:

 

    - Mel 31, or the “flying minnow” Cluster.

 

    - NGC 2506 (I was looking for M48 when this neat cluster crossed my sites.

 

Clear Skies!:)


 

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 11:26 AM

It was clear and cold here in NJ last night and I got the urge for a quick grab 'n go session, so I got out with the 25x100's and took a look at M42 and the first quarter Moon.  M42 was beautiful as ever, but maybe a little washed out in the moonlight.  I was surprised I could see the 4 stars of the trapezium.  On previous nights I could only make out 3, but Orion was lower on the horizon then.  Tonight, Orion was near zenith.  I didn't think I could see all 4 at 25X, but it turns out you can!  Next, I swung over to the Moon.  The terminator was approaching crater Copernicus and it stood out sharply in contrast between shadow and light.  I could just make out the Moon's unlit side as a slightly lighter shade of black illuminated by the last quarter Earth if you were standing on the surface of the Moon.  I sat back in my adjustable chair and just bathed in the moonlight for a while until I felt the chill air start to creep in.  I retreated into the warmth of my house where I had a hot bowl of soup waiting for me. smile.gif


 

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 12:43 PM

Seeing was so-so, but wandered around Ori and CMa again with my 50s. Finally found M41, but Aur was bupkis.

Not sure if I was just tired or the collimation is going b/c I was seeing double by the end of the night at zenith. Was toying with the idea of moving up to a pair of Celestron 15x70s, but want to experiment with the 50s to see about their collimation.
 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 12:28 PM

I would like to post that I've used my Binoculars but after 5 days of rain, guess what, 9 more forecast:(.  Cabin fever is setting in (although I did do some photography yesterday with my weather proof gear).


 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

So... having received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I ordered a pair of Celestron 15x70s to supplant my old US Navy 10x50s.

 

Not shipped yet, but it's cloudy and cold anyway.  I realize they're not top-of-the-line, but they were effectively free, so what the heck.

 

I'll be trying them out on the usual winter targets if and when the skies clear.  


 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 07:07 PM

So... having received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I ordered a pair of Celestron 15x70s to supplant my old US Navy 10x50s.

 

Not shipped yet, but it's cloudy and cold anyway.  I realize they're not top-of-the-line, but they were effectively free, so what the heck.

 

I'll be trying them out on the usual winter targets if and when the skies clear.  

 

So... having received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I ordered a pair of Celestron 15x70s to supplant my old US Navy 10x50s.

 

Not shipped yet, but it's cloudy and cold anyway.  I realize they're not top-of-the-line, but they were effectively free, so what the heck.

 

I'll be trying them out on the usual winter targets if and when the skies clear.  

Hope there collimated and give you a good view.


 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 10:58 PM

I was trying out some new eyepieces:

 

The seeing was below average on the account I had to play race the clouds.  I had to view some limited targets with a couple sets of new eyepieces I have acquired.

 

Equipment:  APM 100mm ED-Apo binoculars, APM 24mm UF,  ES 68 24mm, APM 15mm UF.

 

I tested the new eyepieces on the following available targets:

 

M41, Stock2, double cluster, and the Moon.

 

ES 24mm vs APM 24mm UF:  I do not think this was a good comparison, because I do not have TV Pan 24mm (which would be more of a challenge).  There was no contest here.  I like the ES 24 when using as a single in a scope.  The APM 24 UF were awesome.  The fields were amazing, and targets were in my face (like their 18mm UF).  Both the above targets, and the Moon looked beautiful through the UF's.

 

APM 15mm UF:  For those that have the 18mm UF eyepieces with their APM's, the 15mm UF is an amazing addition to your arsenal.  The targets were beautiful.

 

I apologize, but I am not a scientist or a mathematician, I just report what I see in the simplest terms.

 

Both of these eyepieces would be a wonderful addition to any eyepiece collection.

 

Clear Skies folks!:)


 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 10:59 PM

It was a breezy night with light and intermittent clouds. I viewed the moon under light clouds in order to damper the brightness. I also spent a lot of time viewing Capella. I'm just obsessed with that star system. It's often the first and last thing I view. 


 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:42 AM

Luna, Big Dipper, Orion, Sirius, a few jetliners in the traffic pattern to the East, and a large but sneaky military helicopter flight right through town, low and slow.


 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:03 PM


So... having received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I ordered a pair of Celestron 15x70s to supplant my old US Navy 10x50s.

Not shipped yet, but it's cloudy and cold anyway. I realize they're not top-of-the-line, but they were effectively free, so what the heck.

I'll be trying them out on the usual winter targets if and when the skies clear.

So... having received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I ordered a pair of Celestron 15x70s to supplant my old US Navy 10x50s.

Not shipped yet, but it's cloudy and cold anyway. I realize they're not top-of-the-line, but they were effectively free, so what the heck.

I'll be trying them out on the usual winter targets if and when the skies clear.

Hope there collimated and give you a good view.
<snort> Arrived with a broken baffle rattling around inside the right barrel. That’s the second item from Amazon that was damaged on arrival this month. Pushing too hard to ship in 2 days?

Anyway, replacement due in a couple days. They are a lot lighter than my WW2 vintage 50s though...
 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:53 AM

Lunar eclipse and jupiter.


 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:19 AM

Adapted from my Log Book in Sky Tools 3 (5:02 PST, 13:02 UT):

 

Have been observing the Super/Blue Lunar Eclipse since 4:15 PST — both naked eye and with the Fujinon. With the Fujinon, easily visible are carbon star X Cnc above and open star cluster M44 to the right. All three can be fit into the FOV.

 

M67 is an easy slide from the Moon: 4°47' PA 178°.

 

Worth noting: M44 was visible naked eye after approximately 5:15 PST. A red zone miracle occurring on good nights.

 

Only initial totality was observed above the treetops across the street. Even so, it was still enjoyable to watch through spaces between branches and trees. Observation ended at ~ 5:50 PST.

 

(To my eyes, the lunar eclipse color was a dark orange.)


 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:32 AM

Blood moon thru Nikon 10x42 SE.


 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 11:49 AM

Lunar eclipse through big gaps in cloudiness.  Got to see about all of it until the clouds finally came over for keeps, just before sunlight began to illuminate the edge, as the moon eased back into direct sunlight.  Quite a nice view in Lunt 100 APO's with Docter 12.5's.


 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:43 PM

The moon with my 20x60 Pentax. Love to view the moon with these binocs. Lots of detail but not overwhelmingly bright. Unfortunately the eclipse was not visible from my location.

 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:25 PM

Lunar


 

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:26 PM

Lunar Eclipse with my Resolux 15x70's.  I had to drag myself out of bed, but once I got outdoors, I was ready.:)


 


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