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#1 Magnetic Field

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 04:07 AM

Amazing what can be done through a window (trees blocking the view and street lights  and the odd car in the residential area).

 

Seeing yesterday was terrible (before anyone posts a silly comment: no the heater was not switched on):

 

1. Mars at 172x (could see easily south polar cap and surface features)

 

Then 4 hours later:

 

2. Orion nebula M42/M43 and the 4 stars in Trapezium (was not able to see stars E and F due to bad seeing)

3. Nebula M76 in Orion

4. Crab Nebula M1

 

5. Could not go on to split Beta Orionis (Rigel) because heavy clouds and rain were drawing in.

 

I have a field (Orchard) nearby but often too lazy to walk over (5 minutes walk).

 

Equipement: Vixen VMC 110L on Vixen Mini Porta (mechanically the workmanship  and quality of the mount is junk literally; don't buy it).

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 07:43 AM

Those are some nice windows. :)


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:50 AM

Great

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 09:04 AM

Were you still in your pajamas when using your telescope?  grin.gif 


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 09:23 AM

Nice observatory.  Slippers required?  jd



#6 Magnetic Field

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 12:59 PM

Were you still in your pajamas when using your telescope?  grin.gif

 

T-shirt and boxer shorts.

 

 

By the way: I was really surprised how easy it was to find M78.  M78 looked in the scope as if ,,two headlights are coming out of the fog".



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Posted 11 November 2018 - 02:03 PM

That's pretty good from indoors!

 

I once observed M13 from inside the house with the patio door open.



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Posted 11 November 2018 - 02:23 PM

There were three articles in Sky & Tel about someone stretching mylar film over an open window during the winter:

 

July 1978

September 1979

August 1991

 

Apparently it worked fairly well.

 

It would not be my first choice, but a better choice than -20 degrees.


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 08:41 AM

T-shirt and boxer shorts.

 

 

By the way: I was really surprised how easy it was to find M78.  M78 looked in the scope as if ,,two headlights are coming out of the fog".

 

 

Impressive.  I couldn't find M78 last week outside, but I think my position was off.  What class are your skies?



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Posted 12 November 2018 - 10:13 AM

Impressive.  I couldn't find M78 last week outside, but I think my position was off.  What class are your skies?

 

Bortle is 5 in my neighborhood but it goes down to 4 or 3 very quickly along the view to the south from my window.

 

I am the the edge of a small city (approx 120,000 residents) not far from the coast (15 miles).

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 01:09 PM

I've also done it to observe Saturn and Jupiter with both my 60 mm refractor and my 114 mm reflector. Actually I saw the GRS for the first time with the reflector and comfortably from my living room window that faces east.

However some days it's next to impossible as thermals from the building ruin the view.

I'm really tempted to try it again 😁

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 02:58 PM

I've also done it to observe Saturn and Jupiter with both my 60 mm refractor and my 114 mm reflector. Actually I saw the GRS for the first time with the reflector and comfortably from my living room window that faces east.

However some days it's next to impossible as thermals from the building ruin the view.

I'm really tempted to try it again

Do it man.

 

I just observed the moon (need to wait until full moon; want to see the 3 or 4 craterlets in Plato; was only able to see the centre craterlet in plato).

 

Also, this morning I observed Venus (it is still approx 50").


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:16 AM

Hi All, 

 

I observed the crescent Venus through my ETX90 (and the window of course) yesterday morning. It was 5:30 am and I was surprised that the image was very good. I was expecting some issues due to the magnification (48x) and the double glasing.. I tried the Baader zoom at 156x and the image was still ok. 

 

The best part was that I run this session from my bed laugh.gif

 

Carlos


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