Got the binos out...
Posted 16 June 2006 - 11:12 PM
Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:29 AM
I wish, though, I could see some of the deeper stuff here- my sky is too bright though for anything but a faint glowy hint of what lies beneath the brighter stars. Even my larger scopes don't reveal much in this area, and I have yet to get away to a really dark site. Ahhh, maybe some day!
Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:53 PM
Like Jess, I too suffer from bright skies. The transparency has been horrible lately, increasing the sky brightness as light reflects off all the aerosols, smoke (from nearby wildfires) and haze. Even when the moon has not risen yet, the sky is almost as bright as a full moon.
If only we had some kind of remote control to dim the light pollution!
Posted 18 June 2006 - 03:08 AM
Even up here in the NE, we have an air stagnation advisory in effect (several days now). By the time the skies clear off some, then our ol' friend, Luna, will be on the rise.
However, several nights ago, we had a beautiful night, one of those rare ones. The daytime temp. was 72* with a gentle NW breeze.
Since tomorrow's forcast is for 91-96*F in Binghamton, NY, I'm afraid I'll stick to yard work after 1900. I might, or I may, just take a binocular out in daytime to see the ripple effect from pavement. Or, maybe, I'll just keep my butt on the sofa and watch the Weather Channel.
Posted 18 June 2006 - 07:10 AM
I use them as a sort of 'bridge' between charts and scope - I find the area first, with binocs, and mentally mark the spot where my target is (often I can faintly see it with the binos) before hunting it down in the scope.
And sometimes, on a nice night, I'll lay back in the garden with 15x70s and just sweep around, revisiting old favourites. Clusters are my favourite while doing this (open and glob)
Another thumbs-up from me for the Cygnus area, also love the area around Cassiopeia - loads of OCs around there, also the bottom end of Gemini, and up through Auriga - four big Messier OCs and quite a few others.
Posted 18 June 2006 - 01:42 PM
Folks who use these, often couple them to wide field, low power eyepieces, and acclaim the wonderfull rich field star views to be had.
I think that the 70 to 100mm binoculars that are now available, produce even better rich field views than do those refractors, and for less expense.
The ultimate set up being,IMHO, the 80 and 100mm binocular telescopes of variable magnification!
Bob in NM
Posted 18 June 2006 - 01:44 PM