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,