My First Post and New Skymaster 15 X 70's Today
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:13 PM
I have viewed posts on Cloudy Nights for a long time. I became interested in Astronomy as a hobby when my son brought home a planisphere project from school 6 years ago. I lived in Liberty MO then and purchased an 8" Dob and then a NextStar 5. Through a job loss and moves I find myself in South Carolina, in a darker place than I have lived in years. Anyway, today I drove to Atlanta and purchased a pair of Celestron Skymaster 15 X 70's. I did this instead of ordering on line so I could "feel" the binoculars, as I have not used these instruments before.
They appear solid, good optically, and I can hold them without shaking. I also got a ball mount and a monopod (I had a camera tripod already). Tonight I will use them for the first time.
This is wordy and rambling- it is my first post to Cloudy Nights, and I need to start somehow- so it is an introduction mainly.
I have the typical targets in mind tonight, except I am going to move around alot freedom, thats why I got the monopod.
Any suggestions on targets for a 48 year old guy used to a FOV of 1 degree moving to a 4 degree FOV?
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:26 PM
Congrats on your new binos and 1st post. I must be a real "gurly man" since I am not comfortable hand holding even 7x50s.
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:32 PM
Thanks for replying, we'll see how well I can hold them tonight- That's why I got the Monopod. Also I am 6'4" and I hate bending down. So I will sit and adjust the monopod (and use my elbows on my too ample belly) for stability.
Thanks for the reply, and Hello!
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:41 PM
Bob in NM
Posted 17 June 2006 - 05:52 PM
As another 6'4" Skymaster owner who uses a monopod, I'd like to say welcome to the bino-bin!
Those 15x70's are a great all around bargain.
As for targets - sprawling open clusters look great at 15x. Depending on the time of year - M45, Alpha Persei Association, Orion's Belt, M35, M50, Perseus Double Cluster (might need dark skies for this one to impress in a 15x70), Hyades, M44, M42, M24, and anything within the Summer Milky Way of Cygnus. The moon looks nice also. Lunar occultations are nice in the 15x70. I saw the Moon occult the Pleiades and it was more pleasing in the 15x70 than the 25x100. Oh yeah, don't forget meteors and comets.
Clear dark skies...
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Thanks for the link. But the actual hypertext in the post needs a .htm at the end (at least for me) or it is a 404 error. Thank you for the link!
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 07:21 PM
Might need a napkin around your neck to catch the drool.
I hope to add a set of 15x70s before too terribly long.
Posted 19 June 2006 - 01:39 AM
I had trouble at first "pointing" to the area I wanted, I was always below by about 5 degrees. But now I've learned to point my nose, then raise the Bino's LOL.
Alot of fun so far- a stable mount would help with Jupiter- but I use a scope for that anyway, so no need now.
I got these to just pan around with, and I really enjoy it so far.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 07:07 AM
I've also found that I am getting a good workout with these things, as I can hold them longer now without having to take rest breaks Although, sometimes I wake up the next morning aware of muscles I never knew I had-hehehe... I do have a cheapy camera tripod that I tried but I just can't get a "comfortable" viewing angle with them.
And not to hijack this tread, but I *DO* have one question about something I keep seeing with these and I'm not sure if they are meteors or satellites. They are VERY dim and fast moving, yet if I get lucky I CAN track them across the sky so they're not THAT fast. They're faster than than a typical satellite, but slower than a meteor, don't leave a trail and are dimmer than both. I'm thinking perhaps they're "low orbit" satellites. I can generally see at least 2-4 of them over the course of an hour or two.
P.S. I'm 38 y.o. and have been into astronomy since my first trip to the planetarium in the 2nd grade. I bought my first telescope, a sears "special" in the 8th grade, and I currently own an Orion Atlas 10" reflector and a 70mm transporter. Yet I find that I'm totally addicted to these binoculars.
Posted 20 June 2006 - 08:59 AM