When I observe, I write down what I see as I am observing. I keep a spreadsheet that has all observations that I've ever made. Below are the observations with the Stowaway. For those targets which I also have other observations, I include those for reference.
These are mostly binaries. #E and #T gives the size of the eyepiece in mm, 24 hour time is given. I have copy-pasted the comments while I was observing with no editing (lots of typos). These observations span years.
From these comparisons, it appears that the Stowaway holds its own against much larger scopes. My having fun isn't dependent on how big the scope is that I am using.
- STF 2909
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 1925 70° F [4.09, 4.48, 2.3"] 3.7E clean split. Two well defined points. Happy with performance.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 23:36 Navigated from Alpha Agr. Wow. Two bright close stars. Impressive due to their brilliance.
- FSQ 106 EDX ::: 23:39 Alpha Aqr was white with a well defined disk. 23:43 STF 2909 Fantastic pair in 3.3T with both white and it is an easy split. This is a good target for the FSQ.
- Mewlon 300 CRS ::: 23:16 Bright blurry mess. Easy split.
- TOA-150B ::: 21:17 10mm Ethos very bright. Resoved as 2 stars. 6mm Ethos is spectacular. Two intense bright disks, same magnitude, rings visible. Both are white. At 21:28 3.7mm Ethos perfect disks, bery bright. Close with rings visible. Good seeing.
- AP 180 f/9 StarFire EDT ::: 21:21 using 10mm Ethos provided a split, but fuzzing into each other. 8mm Ethos clearly resolved as two bright disks. 6mm Ethos two wihte, same magnitude disks well defined and steady. Rings apparent. 3.7mm Ethos two sharp disks with rings hard to see with seeing induced movement. 2.5 Nagler, too much movement.
- AP 160 f/7.5 ::: 18:02 6mm Ethos Fantastic. Two well defined disks with rings visible, white same luminosity. 3.7mm Ethos showed two perfect disks with rings in and out. The gap is large (about the size of an airy disk). 18:23 3.7mm Ethos Seeing is good. Perfect disks, large black gap with rings.
- 34 Aqr
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 1933 (Sadalmelik) Hint of diffraction rings. Inside and outside of focus indistinguishable. Exquisite optics. All with 3.7E.
- STF 2862
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 1950 70° F [7.44, 8.41, 2.5"] Quite dim pair. Easy split with clear gap using 3.7E. 6E showed a split in brief moments of good seeing. Much more difficult to split.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 23:50 Fantastic impressive binary in 6mm Ethos. Two 8'th magnitude closely spaced partners. The essence of a binary. 3.7 Ethos showed a wide split but dimmer. 2.5 Nagler the stars became fuzzy and dim. Ended with a great view using 8mm Ethos.
- FSQ 106 EDX ::: 00:07 Dim, clean split. Fantastic pair. Good seeing.
- Mewlon 300 CRS ::: 23:04 10mm Tak Both stars were bright with a large gap. Not as fuzzy as brighter stars tonight. With 7mm Tak just gets fuzzier. 17 Ethos both stars bright and better defined and well separated.
- TOA-150B ::: 20:47 6mm Ethos two well separated pinpoints. Two pinpoint just perfect image of intense light, well defined with large gap and black space between them. "A" may be yellow-orange. It is only barely brighter than "B". 3.7mm Ethos too much. Makes the pair mushy. 8mm Ethos like 6mm Ethos in that the stars are pinpoints. But it is easier to see the delta magnitude with 8mm Ethos. 10mm Ethos quite a bit brighter. Easy split.
- AP 180 f/9 StarFire EDT ::: 19:54 Alpha Aqr to STF 2862 at 19:59. 3.7mm Ethos, slightly dim, wide separation. Somewhat fuzzy. Using 8mm Ethos, Bright pinpoints widely separated. "A" clearly brighter. Seems to be light orange. Using 6mm Ethos, well resolved pinpoints, much like 8mm Ethos but larger and more widely spaced. 10mm Ethos, brighter than others, closely spaced.
- STF 2936
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 2003 70° F [7.01, 9.60, 4.2"] Could not see secondary. Primary well resolved and showed a pinpoint image.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 2136 59.9° F [7.01, 9.60, 4.2"] Spectacular with 8E. The secondary is right at the limit of perception.
- TOA-150B ::: 0135 81° F 46% 8E secondary visible. It is amazing how dim it is and I can see it. Steady pair in 8E with no averted vision needed.
- STF 2913
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 2009 70° F [7.71, 8.60, 8.0"] 13E easy split, two pinpoints. 8E both dim, huge gap.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 2158 59.9° F [7.71, 8.60, 8.0"] 3.7E Two evenly bright stars.
- TOA-150B ::: 0215 80° F 47% Wide pair in 10E.
- STF 2935
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 2017 70° F [6.63, 7.88, 2.4"] 3.7E Tough split, but it was a clean split. 6E I can tell it is two stars, but not steady enough to split.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 2158 60.3° F [6.63, 7.88, 2.4"] 8E splits, tough. 3.7E splits with a gap. Nice pair … quite close.
- TOA-150B ::: 0206 80° F 47% 8E tight pair, but split. There was a clearly a magnitude difference. 6E well resolved. Secondary is quite a bit smaller than the primary.
- STF 2995
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 2025 70° F [8.18, 8.6, 5.4"] 6E even brightness, large gap. 13E showed two bright stars with clear gap. The wide field of view showed an interesting asterism.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 2357 75° F 45% [8.18, 8.60, 5.2"] 10E Same magnitude bright wide pair.
- TOA-150B ::: 0008 74° F 55% 17E well defined pinpoints.
- STF 3009
- AP 92 f/6.65 Stowaway ::: 2032 70° F [6.71, 8.76, 7.1"] 6E great pair. Primary much brighter. Large gap. 10E also shows a great pair. 3.7E the secondary is at the limit of perception. Like a ghost coming in and out of the shadows.
- AP 130 f/6.3 StarFire GTX ::: 0002 75° F 45% [6.71, 8.76, 7.3"] 10E Great pair with secondary easily visible. 8E Nice brightness and well formed image.
Edited by daveCollins, 16 October 2020 - 01:58 PM.