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What did you see last night in your binoculars? (Part 3)

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#726 Cestus

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:58 AM

I believe I had my first sighting of Neptune with my 20x80's. It was very faint.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:21 AM

Short session.  Used the Obies 25x100, and the EZ Bino Mount.  Have not used both in awhile. Still a great combo to me.

Because of the lighting and the moon, I looked at favorites.

 

Caroline’s Rose

Double Cluster, Stock 2

Owl Cluster

NGC 663

M34

M31/32

M33

NGC 752

 

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 08:01 AM

Strolled outside early this morning. I saw M42 for the first time and Wow in my measly 8x32 binos. Brand new to the hobby. Scanned around Orion and gemini for a while. I need to get a telescope!

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 08:22 PM

Early this morning, I ducked out with my 10×42 Aculons and spent a few minutes staring at the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades. It's been a long time, and they are two of my favorite objects to look at. Cant wait until later this fall when they're out early enough to make it worth setting up my scope.
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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:21 AM

Hello All,

 

There were very few clouds last night , so I was out testing my 8 x 40 Nikon Action EX porro's.

 

I saw 2 Satellites , the Moon and a whole bunch of pretty shining stars , (I really am a rank beginner at this).

 

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Cheers.

 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 10:03 PM

Did a first light with my Oberwerk BT 82 XL, the PM1 (P-Mount), TR3 tripod. Used the provided 14mm, and used them only for tonight.

 

Saying goodbye to some of my favorite Summer stuff. Backyard observing, same lighted area.

 

M6/7

M8/M20

M21, 23, and 24

Saturn (of course)

 

Turned Eastward, and raced to see the following before the moon.

 

Almach (splitted).

NGC 663

Owl

Double Cluster

 

I have to say this is a great setup. The provided eyepieces (32x) are wonderful. A 70 degree field. They offer the neat flat field, and no distortion, plus the eye relief was reasonable (18mm).  The twist up eye cups are a great feature.  I will be taking this setup to the next star party, and give them a real workout.smile.gif


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 10:49 PM

Early morning (05:15 LT) observed the almost full Moon with 18x70mm with a little haze in the sky. Again, very impressed about the views of the Moon. The view was (again) like a good photo with somesort of 3D effect. Very nice!


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:25 PM

After taking the garbage out late last night quickly ducked back out with Nikon tropical 7x50 took a quick look at Pleiades, Hyades and belt of Orion.  I think I must have been half asleep because I didn’t even pan up to look at the Sword of Orion.  It was all washed out because of the moon but still cool to see.

 

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 04:13 AM

Hello All,

 

Thank you all for the kind comments , the "Like" button unfortunately does not work for me.

 

I am enjoying my "stargazing" , it is so peaceful and liberating , my first positive identification has been the planet Venus , it was easy ,  as it was the first bright "star" to appear in the evening sky , it really does show up as a "disk" in binoculars.

 

Now if I had an FTL Spaceship------where would I be-------- ???.

 

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Cheers.

 


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 02:36 PM

In DEPT !

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 03:00 PM

It occasionally happens here in southern New England:  cloudless, transparent, dry, stable night skies with no moon until way late.  Out for the evening walk with the 10x42s, stopping every so often between streetlights and in the shadows of trees shedding their leaves to look up.

 

Although I went through the MW sweeps I usually do, Cygnus, Cassiopeia, Double-Cluster, Perseus, the Pleiades, Hyades, and Auriga, I was struck by how many objects were swimming in MW star clouds, and you could just discern the barely perceptible lightening of the MW across the sky overhead.  In particular, the star clouds around and within the Double Cluster and Perseus were visible in a way they normally are not.  What a treat.  Back home on the deck I brought out the 8x56 and 20x60 for a look around, and even in the 20x60 you could easily see the star clouds in the Double Cluster.  Of all three binos though, on this night the 10x42s provided the best EP to balance good sky darkening with the beautiful views above.

 

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 03:58 PM

I was at a fairly good dark site last night.  Although the transparency wasn't as good as we had expected and later clouds appeared, I observed Epsilon Lyrae, the Golf Putter asterism, the Leaping Minnow asterism, B42, B43, Cr 65, Cr 69, Cr 70, Cr 399, Mel 20, Mel 25, M11, M27, M31, M33, M34, M35, M36, M37, M38, M39, M42, M45, M56, NGC 752, NGC 869, NGC 884, NGC 1981, and Stock 2 while not observing through Dobs belonging to three fellow CAS members and myself.


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Posted 26 October 2019 - 12:36 PM

When not using the 17" classical Cassegrain at the Naylor Observatory on Thursday night, October 24th, I also did a bit of binocular observing with my 12x50s.  I viewed the Leaping Minnow asterism, Cr 65, Cr 69, Cr 70, Mel 20, Mel 25, M31, M38, M42, M45, NGC 869, NGC 884, and NGC 1981.


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Posted 27 October 2019 - 12:22 AM

Friday night drove about an hour out of the city to a mostly dark sky with 14” dob, 10x42IS Canon, 18x50 Is and 16x70 Fujinon.

 

BiL was with me so shared binoculars and telescope.  We started on the Grus Quartet which was lovely in the 14” but couldn’t locate them in the binoculars despite both of us trying and shining the laser through the dob’s Finder to locate them.  I think the 4 galaxies, as easy to see at 78x with 14” aperture, are just too small and too faint for even the 18x50.  The elevation was about 80* so couldn’t really find anything in the Fuji’s as I only have a very modest tripod for it.  

 

Then went to the Silver Dollar (n253) this time the binoculars were able to show a feature a little lost in the big scope, and that is just how big this galaxy appears!  Through the scope you can find an eyepiece where any galaxy looks “big”.  But even in the 10x42’s 6.5* fov 253 looks really substantial. The glob n288 appears in the same fov. They make a great pairing in the one view. Even at 10x both objects display characteristics of their respective nature.   Ngc288 btw, is a sneaky great globular cluster. I suspect it gets little love because it’s probably poorly visible (if at all) from the north and down south it gets overshadowed by 47Tuc and Omega Cen.  I reckon it’s a more impressive sight than either M22 or M13.

 

BiL declared SMC with 47 Tucanae in the 10x42 to be his favourite binoculars sight. I countered with LMC (which obviously has Tarantula nebula) in the 16x70.  Counter argument back was that the SMC /47Tuc fit into the view with black around them to spare such that you appreciate the whole within one field of view. I may not call it my favourite but I see his point. 

 

Also had a good look at M31 and M33.  I think the best views were in the tripod mounted Fuji.  M31 only ever elevates to 23* for us so ripe for a simple tripod mounted big aperture binocular.  And it’s way too wide an object and too close to the muck in a big dob.  M110 and M32 clearly visible as well.

 

We took our time with each object trying to tease out as much detail as possible. Nice and relaxing. There was also a Boobook around and the call these owls make just adds to the night.  

 

CS everyone.


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Posted 27 October 2019 - 10:39 PM

Had our star party last night, and I put my 82mm Obies to work on my Obie tripod/mount system.  It delivered! I brought along other eyepieces along for the session, but I did not use them.  The 14mm that came with the bino is really great! It was at a sweet spot for the session. Talk about wide field, and clarity of every object observed.

 

Said goodbye to some of my favorites dipping to the West:

 

Jupiter, Saturn

M6/7, M8, M20, M22, M24, Swan Nebula, M11, and M25.

 

Looked East:

 

Double Cluster, Owl Cluster, Caroline’s Rose, M31, M33, M45, Hyedes, NGC 1647, NGC 1746, Split Almach, NGC 752, M34, M36/37/38, Cr 69, M78, Sigma Orionis, and M42.

 

Through my friend’s dob:

 

Veil Nebula, Helix Nebula, Saturn Nebula, and M74.

 

Great night, great observing.

 

CS everyone!:)


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:00 AM

Excellent report Howard! You got some new Binos? Where did you observe? Did you happen to go out to Picket Post?

Anyways planning on going tomorrow night!


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 06:55 AM

Excellent report Howard! You got some new Binos? Where did you observe? Did you happen to go out to Picket Post?

Anyways planning on going tomorrow night!

Yes I got the Oberwerk 82 XL binos, the new P mount.  I gave them a workout at PP on Saturday night. I am ready for tomorrow night. Bringing the APM 100’s.:)


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:48 AM

Sat in my back yard viewing the north-sky viewing initially with my naked eye, moonless with minimal high altitude clouds, and perfect temps. I sat in a zero gravity chair and took it all in, get it while you can.

 

West to east - Vega , cygnus, (deneb/sadr) cassopeia, cepheus and as the sky marched to the east, cygnus diving to the west, persues lighting up from the east, with andromeda at zenith, and auriga rising from the northeast/Orion rising from the southeast.

 

It was a great night, spent about three hours with a few glass, 10X50s,10X56, 12X50s (Nikon SE one of them) and my SLC 15X56.

 

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:39 PM

Last night about 9:00 PM local time I took the dogs out for a walk and noticed how clear the sky was. So after I put them back in the house I turned off the house lights and went out on the deck with my Bushnell Perma Focus 10x50 binoculars. Last week I was following a thread on the beginner's forum about how to find the Andromeda Galaxy. So I found the square of Pegasus, followed the two lines of Andromeda down from the corner, and...

 

Nothing. 

 

I waited a few minutes to let my eyes get more dark-adapted, and just scanned around being amazed (as I always am) by how many stars I can see in the binoculars. Went back to Andromeda, and there it was! It was both dimmer and smaller than I expected, at first. Looking directly at it, I could only see the galaxy's core. But as I shifted my view to a nearby star, I realized that I could see a much broader patch of cloudiness. With averted vision the size of the thing became apparent. 


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:56 PM

Friday night drove about an hour out of the city to a mostly dark sky with 14” dob, 10x42IS Canon, 18x50 Is and 16x70 Fujinon.

 

BiL was with me so shared binoculars and telescope.  We started on the Grus Quartet which was lovely in the 14” but couldn’t locate them in the binoculars despite both of us trying and shining the laser through the dob’s Finder to locate them.  I think the 4 galaxies, as easy to see at 78x with 14” aperture, are just too small and too faint for even the 18x50.  The elevation was about 80* so couldn’t really find anything in the Fuji’s as I only have a very modest tripod for it.  

 

Then went to the Silver Dollar (n253) this time the binoculars were able to show a feature a little lost in the big scope, and that is just how big this galaxy appears!  Through the scope you can find an eyepiece where any galaxy looks “big”.  But even in the 10x42’s 6.5* fov 253 looks really substantial. The glob n288 appears in the same fov. They make a great pairing in the one view. Even at 10x both objects display characteristics of their respective nature.   Ngc288 btw, is a sneaky great globular cluster. I suspect it gets little love because it’s probably poorly visible (if at all) from the north and down south it gets overshadowed by 47Tuc and Omega Cen.  I reckon it’s a more impressive sight than either M22 or M13.

 

BiL declared SMC with 47 Tucanae in the 10x42 to be his favourite binoculars sight. I countered with LMC (which obviously has Tarantula nebula) in the 16x70.  Counter argument back was that the SMC /47Tuc fit into the view with black around them to spare such that you appreciate the whole within one field of view. I may not call it my favourite but I see his point. 

 

Also had a good look at M31 and M33.  I think the best views were in the tripod mounted Fuji.  M31 only ever elevates to 23* for us so ripe for a simple tripod mounted big aperture binocular.  And it’s way too wide an object and too close to the muck in a big dob.  M110 and M32 clearly visible as well.

 

We took our time with each object trying to tease out as much detail as possible. Nice and relaxing. There was also a Boobook around and the call these owls make just adds to the night.  

 

CS everyone.

Grus Quartet is something I always wanted to see. It barely clears the horizon here so it was nice hearing your description. NGC 253 & NGC 288 are a little better for me. I had no idea NGC 288 was such a nice globular. I'll have to make an effort see it this weekend.


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:25 AM

I spent some time observing with a 14" SCT and a 17" classical Cassegrain at the Naylor Observatory on Monday night.  I also logged Cr 65, Cr 69, Cr 70, Cr 399, Mel 20, Mel 25, M31, M34, M39, M42, M45, NGC 869, NGC 884, and NGC 1981 with 7x50s.



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Posted 29 October 2019 - 08:48 AM

Light pollution is rampant and my star hopping skills are in their infancy so it took me way longer than it should have but I was able to locate Uranus using the red dot finder on the RB-66 with 18mm UFF eyepieces for 42X with a 1.5 degree field of view.

                                                                                                                           

Luckily there are three stars in a configuration somewhat like this nearby  .      :  that help greatly once you are in the neighborhood.

 

I still wasn't absolutely positive until I put a 6mm Expanse clone in one side. At 125X it clearly wasn't a star. I added a 2.2 Barlow to that side for 275X and positioned the planet to give me time to insert the same in the second tube. A couple presses of the horizontal, then vertical alignment buttons (those controls are electric) and I had a tiny bluish sphere merged in the eyepieces.

 

It looked like a pale blue period was scrolling across a black page. It held my attention as the appearance is noticeably different than that of the stars we normally observe. It started to fade quickly after I'd been following it for about 15 minutes. I assumed I had tracked into some trees overhead as it was very high in the sky. I looked up only to realize the sky had gone from clear to cloud filled while my attention had been focused elsewhere. Maybe tonight I'll set up Mr Bill's Bino Box Redux as well and compare views.

 

Take care,

Brent   


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 05:54 PM

Similarly Neptune with my 20x80's.


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Posted 01 November 2019 - 08:06 AM

Quick session with the Zeiss 10x50 and 8x30:

 

I observed the Running Man Cluster, the Alpha Persei association, Double cluster, Andromeda galaxy close to the Zenith (ouch!) Pleiades, and i welcomed the Hyades above the roof of the front building, Looking forward for Orion!!

 

Time to take the Crossen´s Binocular Astronomy book and enjoy the Autumm / Winter constellations chapters!  smile.gif

 

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 08:50 AM

Carlos, you had me searching for that running man cluster - it's NGC 1545, one of my favourite open clusters for small binoculars.

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