Challenge in Serpens for your 5 inch class refractors
Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:26 AM
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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 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.