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What did you NOT observe with your classic telescope today?

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#126 Terra Nova

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 09:47 AM

I did not observe anything because of the cloud cover.  However, the day was beautiful yesterday.   Should have taken my Alpha scope out.  Understand the sun has been really active.

It’s been rather sedate the past two days actually. It’s cloudy today, but looking at the SOHO imagery, it looks like something big is about to rotate into view. Sedate or not, it’s definitely a more interesting Sun than it was last year.


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 06:12 PM

It’s been rather sedate the past two days actually. It’s cloudy today, but looking at the SOHO imagery, it looks like something big is about to rotate into view. Sedate or not, it’s definitely a more interesting Sun than it was last year.

Maybe i will trade the 18" for a solar scope. I had two like over 2 years ago a 50 and 60mm and the sun was not fun.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:40 AM

Maybe i will trade the 18" for a solar scope. I had two like over 2 years ago a 50 and 60mm and the sun was not fun.

I would get the solar scopes.  A lot easier to carry and get through the door.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:24 AM

I would get the solar scopes.  A lot easier to carry and get through the door.

The telescopes that are easy to carry and get thru the door are the ones that get used! ;)


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 10:50 AM

The telescopes that are easy to carry and get thru the door are the ones that get used! wink.gif

that is so true.   My favorite for quick views is the Tak Sky 90,   


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:12 PM

The telescopes that are easy to carry and get thru the door are the ones that get used! wink.gif

The 18" goes thru the door in one lick mick.  Just roll it out and touch up collimate and never lift a thing. 
 



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:16 PM

Right now I’m on Sanibel Island. I see that the west coast of FL gets all the good observing skies. If I lived here I’d have no excuse not to observe with my classics! lol.gif


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:34 PM

Right now I’m on Sanibel Island. I see that the west coast of FL gets all the good observing skies. If I lived here I’d have no excuse not to observe with my classics! lol.gif

The seeing was near a 9 this am with my 90mm scope. Even a 3.2mm on Jupiter was doing fine, dim but still nice and the moons were nice sharp disc.  I just can't collimate my Dob in the dark since my laser is not any good.  I had it out Mon morning and it got knocked out of collimation.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:47 PM

The seeing was near a 9 this am with my 90mm scope. Even a 3.2mm on Jupiter was doing fine, dim but still nice and the moons were nice sharp disc.  I just can't collimate my Dob in the dark since my laser is not any good.  I had it out Mon morning and it got knocked out of collimation.

And this is exactly why I’ll take a good refractor any day!


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:53 PM

And this is exactly why I’ll take a good refractor any day!

Hard to beat a nice 3 to 4" fract.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 02:43 PM

Having several in need of help, many evenings (like last night), I find myself working onTelescope.gif smash.gif instead of viewing..... but I enjoy that so don't mind.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:12 PM

And this is exactly why I’ll take a good refractor any day!

I agree 100%. Though I would like a really big dob 20" + I know that moving it around would take a lot of tinkering.  What good is a scope you have to align every time you want to use it.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 05:12 PM

Not certain this fits the intent of the thread, but "not observing" can also be a day of tinkering with, or sorting through, your collection.  Today I was going through some long forgotten cases and opened a Unitron mount case that had never been opened since I acquire it.  To my surprise I found a pristine tray light I never knew I had!  The bulb still looked good, and sure enough a new set of batteries brought it to life!

 

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:23 PM

Not certain this fits the intent of the thread, but "not observing" can also be a day of tinkering with, or sorting through, your collection.  Today I was going through some long forgotten cases and opened a Unitron mount case that had never been opened since I acquire it.  To my surprise I found a pristine tray light I never knew I had!  The bulb still looked good, and sure enough a new set of batteries brought it to life!

 

Dave

That is awesome.   I did some similar and opened a case I had forgotten about and found a zeiss traveller in it.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 10:02 PM

No Porta-Ball for BB.  What I need... is a quality 10" / 12" Cass on the Tinsley EQ.  I'd have to use pulleys & ropes to get it on the mount, but wheeling it out of the shed would be easy-peasey.

Apart from Takahashi's variations, ARE there any good Classical Cassegrains out there?



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:24 PM

Right now I’m on Sanibel Island. I see that the west coast of FL gets all the good observing skies. If I lived here I’d have no excuse not to observe with my classics! lol.gif

Sanibel Island is beautiful. Robin and i spent 5 days there on our honeymoon in august 77. We went back a year later on our anniversary and havent been back since. It really would be a great place to observe from.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 11:13 AM

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All the time... weeks on end... I haven't had a scope out in weeks, (except for testing Tin-Tin and the occasional bird or critter scouting).

TIME! TIME! TIME!

Once in awhile the gods smile down upon me and it clears up. I see bright twinkling stars above and pick out a constellation or two - right as I'm heading to work. mad.gif

I'm convinced stargazing is a hobby for the bored rich with as much $$$ as downtime, retired folks, and the rest of the population on permanent vacation.

Collecting scopes is for the rest of us who only dream of having the time during clear moments to actually enjoy them.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 12:30 PM

Been trying to use the Alpha scope, but that has not been fruitful either.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 05:44 AM

I would have taken out the 18" Dob this AM but it was cloudy. I found a way to use the Tectron tools in the dark.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 07:06 AM

Today might be an Alpha day.  I see the sun this morning

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=xUNqsfFUwhY


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 09:49 PM

Today might be an Alpha day.  I see the sun this morning

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=xUNqsfFUwhY

I love that song! Love, love, love it! I never get tired of hearing it.

 

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 09:56 PM

It’s hard to believe John has been gone now more than forty years and George nearly twenty. 

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:06 AM

I have NOT been observing Mercury or anything else for that matter because of the wonderful North European weather. BUT, it is 8AM and there is some blue in the sky, and I can just make out the sun. There is definitely a chance, however small, that it might finally be clearing!
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Posted 07 May 2021 - 06:39 AM

Not certain this fits the intent of the thread, but "not observing" can also be a day of tinkering with, or sorting through, your collection.  Today I was going through some long forgotten cases and opened a Unitron mount case that had never been opened since I acquire it.  To my surprise I found a pristine tray light I never knew I had!  The bulb still looked good, and sure enough a new set of batteries brought it to life!

moments that are worth living for... :-)


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 10:26 AM

I have been having extraordinary bad luck getting any viewing in. My last good opportunity was the worm moon and I fell asleep and couldn't be woken up..frown.gif 

 

I've tried to catch the planets in the morning but the fog always rolls in right in front of them. Now it's nothing but cloudy weather. 




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