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Challenge in Serpens for your 5 inch class refractors

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#1 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:26 AM

STF 2296 Ser. Mags 7.5-10.2. Sep 3.3 sec. PA 6 deg. (N).
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Posted 06 August 2019 - 02:13 PM

A great challenge for the 120mm crowd. For me it sits lower in the southern sky than I am comfortable with. The big city light dome adds to the difficulty.   Nonetheless I starhopped from Altair picking up M11 along the way finally coming to rest on this difficult pair just south and a little preceeding Eta Serpens Cauda. Sometimes the journey to the target is the most fun. 

I use an ES 24 68 degree eyepiece when I starhop. More often now I depend on it instead of the finder. STF 2296 at this low power didnt hint of a faint companion.  Cutting to the chase I pulled out the ES 6.7 82 degree and could see,  with  averted vision, a tiny speck to the North. To confirm the siting even further I used a Nagler zoom taking me up to 300x. I like this particular zoom because of its small size and light weight.

Thanks to you John.


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:35 PM

I certainly cheated on this one as I used my C9.25 to capture this image wink.gif.   I will try it with my TSA120 next chance I get.

 

STF2296 Ser C9 8-6-19 3fr.jpg


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Posted 04 September 2019 - 02:14 PM

This pair was splitted by me using Orion100ED f/9 refractor at 150x with UO 6mm eyepiece, on Aug 13, 2017, that night had excellent conditions of very steady atmosphere. Not easy, interesting by its brightness difference.




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