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#1 ilan_shapira

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:45 AM

On Friday, 7th May, dozens of astronomers gathered in Israeli Bortle class 3 site.

Veterans and new astronomers, visual observer, astrophotographers and a bus full of outreach participants of the Israeli astronomy association.

 

Even with this multitude of participants, everyone kept darkness discipline, allowing all participants to enjoy the rare resource of darkness.

 

My NMT is up and ready for darkness.

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A very light haze was as low as 10-15 degrees but the skies were very stable, allowing for high magnifications when needed.

We enjoyed Spring's objects and the beginning of the Milky way season.

 

Tonight highlights:

Globular clusters - M13 and the glob king - Omega Centauri. Omega is low, but this specific site has a fantastic dark south and the view through 20" with the Ethos 21 was just jaw dropper

Galaxies - Bodes, Whirlpool, Needle, Black Eye and some fainter galaxies. Magnifying M82 to X250 the dust lanes and the irregularities in the core where very very detailed - its been the best view I got of this galaxy.

 

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Planetary Nebulas - Ghost of Jupiter, Ring and Cats Eye. The last appearing greenish/blueish, center star easily visible and its surrounding structure also visible nicely.

Summer's nebulas - Lagoon, Trifid, Omega and Veil and multitude of stars in the center of the Milky Way.

 

It was a fun session, good people, many chat subjects, astronomy is the dominants one.

 

As for wild life, we had Camels visiting before sunset and during the night, a rude Fox came and stole a box full of food, which he failed to open.

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Clear Skies

 


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:53 AM

Beautiful location. Do you usually drive back the same night / in the morning, or set up tents? 


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:59 AM

On Friday, 7th May, dozens of astronomers gathered in Israeli Bortle class 3 site.
Veterans and new astronomers, visual observer, astrophotographers and a bus full of outreach participants of the Israeli astronomy association.

Even with this multitude of participants, everyone kept darkness discipline, allowing all participants to enjoy the rare resource of darkness.

My NMT is up and ready for darkness.
51165112118_98e0c257f9_z.jpg

51165112413_a6a11a1ae5_z.jpg

A very light haze was as low as 10-15 degrees but the skies were very stable, allowing for high magnifications when needed.
We enjoyed Spring's objects and the beginning of the Milky way season.

Tonight highlights:
Globular clusters - M13 and the glob king - Omega Centauri. Omega is low, but this specific site has a fantastic dark south and the view through 20" with the Ethos 21 was just jaw dropper
Galaxies - Bodes, Whirlpool, Needle, Black Eye and some fainter galaxies. Magnifying M82 to X250 the dust lanes and the irregularities in the core where very very detailed - its been the best view I got of this galaxy.

51165112693_7d35d85f7d_z.jpg

51164874231_4fd2a2a591_z.jpg

51164874066_4c997cf054_z.jpg

Planetary Nebulas - Ghost of Jupiter, Ring and Cats Eye. The last appearing greenish/blueish, center star easily visible and its surrounding structure also visible nicely.
Summer's nebulas - Lagoon, Trifid, Omega and Veil and multitude of stars in the center of the Milky Way.

It was a fun session, good people, many chat subjects, astronomy is the dominants one.

As for wild life, we had Camels visiting before sunset and during the night, a rude Fox came and stole a box full of food, which he failed to open.
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Clear Skies

Was there, missed the fox incident... Thanx to all the volunteers which make it happen from the Israeli Astronomical Society. Without the arch to Arcturus spike to Spica I probably would have missed on Omega Centauri. A fine time.

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Edited by Moosi, 08 May 2021 - 01:36 PM.

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:02 AM

Beautiful location. Do you usually drive back the same night / in the morning, or set up tents?

We drove back 0330. Some brought tents.
Maybe it's a good idea to have a long weekend once a year? Two nights then back?

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:23 AM

Beautiful location. Do you usually drive back the same night / in the morning, or set up tents? 

Thanks

I set up a tent, get a 2-3 hours of sleep before the 2.5 hours drive back. This night I slept only one hour, could not break away from the sky earlier



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:30 AM

We drove back 0330. Some brought tents.
Maybe it's a good idea to have a long weekend once a year? Two nights then back?

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You came by the bus?

There are few of us who do 2 nights every now and than. The Israeli Astronomical Society always do a one nighter.



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:40 AM

You came by the bus?
There are few of us who do 2 nights every now and than. The Israeli Astronomical Society always do a one nighter.

Came by the bus. Thing is, from a social point of view, a bit more time would be nice from time to time.
It was great viewing and a really nice atmosphere. As a total noob I was amazed.

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:28 PM

Looks like you had a great night!

 

F/3.3 is very fast, you must really need a coma corrector....



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:01 PM

Looks like you had a great night!

 

F/3.3 is very fast, you must really need a coma corrector....

Indeed.Paracorr 2 is doing a wonderful work



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Posted 09 May 2021 - 07:20 AM

Moving to Astro Clubs, Star Parties, Shows & Conferences.

 

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