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Your Experience Using 6-inch & 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes-SCTs as Spotting Scopes for Terrestrial Observing/Viewing in Low Light Conditions?

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#26 Castor

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:18 AM

Paper wasp nest hanging from a tree:

 

Here is a picture of a “paper” wasp nest hanging from a tree in the natural reserve hill near my home referenced above, taken through my Celestron 6” f/10 SCT (C6) with Explore Scientific 26mm 62-degree series eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 58X.  Distance: Approx. 1,000 m (0.62 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the wasp nest at native resolution as seen through the C6 at 58X (ES 26mm 62-deg.), C6 at 75X (Pentax 20mm XW), C6 at 107X (Pentax 14mm XW) and last, with the Meade 8” f/10 SCT at 143X (Pentax 14mm XW).

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:21 AM

Tall tree at hill-top:

 

Here is a picture of one of the tall trees located at the top of the hill that you can clearly see to the right of the center of the panoramic view of the hill posted at the beginning of this series of pictures.  The picture of the tree was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,200 m (0.75 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of branches of the tree at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:24 AM

Dead tree:

 

Here is a picture of a dried/dead tree surrounded by vegetation located near the top of the hill.  Taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,150 m (0.71 miles).  At the center of the picture you can see a bright spot that is shown better in the crop picture below at native resolution (at 143X) and it appears as if a branch had been cut cleanly. hmm.gif 

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:26 AM

Cecropia Tree (Cecropia Peltata):

 

Here is a picture of a Cecropia Tree surrounded by dense vegetation.  Also known as Guarumo tree, it is common in the American tropics and it is very easy to recognize because of the white-ringed trunk and large leaves arranged like an umbrella at the branch tips.  The picture was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,100 m (0.68 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the leaves at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:29 AM

Banana/Plantain Plant (Musa x Paradisiaca):

 

Here is a picture of a couple of Banana/Plantain Trees located near the foot of the hill.  The picture was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 970 m (0.70 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the leaves in different states of conservation at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:33 AM

Yucca Plant (Yucca Elephantipes):

 

Here is a picture of a group of Yucca Plants (also known as Izote or Itabo) located near the foot of the hill.  The picture was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,000 m (0.62 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the plants with their distinctive leaves that make them popular as ornamental plants at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Edited by Castor, 06 September 2019 - 04:07 AM.


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:36 AM

Cecropia Tree and Tropical Almond Tree (Terminalia Catappa) flowering?:

 

Here is a picture of a group of Cecropia Trees (top of the picture) and one that looks similar to the Tropical Almond Tree (also known as Sea Almond) with lots of flowering spikes, both located near the foot of the hill.  The picture was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,000 m (0.62 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the Tropical Almond Tree or similar type with their flowering spikes and a couple of ripe leaves (orange color) at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Edited by Castor, 06 September 2019 - 04:09 AM.


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:39 AM

Red Ginger Plant (Alpinia Purpurata) with flowers:

 

Here is a picture of Red Ginger plants with their lovely red flowers contrasting with their green leaves located near the foot of the hill.  The picture was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,000 m (0.62 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the Red Ginger plants showing some detail of their flowers and leaves at native resolution as seen at 143X.

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Edited by Castor, 06 September 2019 - 04:10 AM.


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 03:47 AM

Last picture set!  Small bird perched on tree branch at hill-top:

 

Here is a picture of a dry/dead tree at the top of the hill seen to the left of the center of the panoramic view of the hill posted at the beginning of this series of pictures.  Inside the yellow square marked on the picture you will be see a small bird perched at the tip of one branch.  The picture of the tree was taken through my Meade 8” f/10 SCT with Pentax 14mm XW eyepiece for a nominal magnification of 143X.  Distance: Approx. 1,200 m (0.75 miles).

 

Bellow you will find crop pictures of the bird perched at the tip of the branch changing positions, at native resolution as seen at 143X.  When looking through the scope at 143X the bird looked closer than in the pictures shown here but not close enough to be able to identify it.

 

I hope that this series of pictures help to illustrate my initial descriptions of some of the terrestrial objects that I have viewed through my 6-inch and 8-inch SCTs and also serve as a sampler (with its obvious limitations) of the potential of these versatile instruments for long distance viewing in low light conditions!

 

 

Clear night skies for the backyard astronomers and cool cloudy days for those using their spotters,

 

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