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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:31 am 
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Been a while since we've had any telescope threads- just wanted to see what everyone was up to in the world of astronomy. ;)

I've had the small refractor out a few times lately, and the skies here are just incredible these days. Scorpius and Sagittarius are way up in the southern sky, and the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon on most nights.

So anyway, just a general "What's up?" thread.

Anyone buying a new scope or anything? :)

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The weather's been terrible here. Worst summer astronomy weather for at least seven years. It's been windy and or cloudy nearly every night -- except when the Moon is bright, of course.

I got a couple of good hours in last weekend, and I'm on vacation this upcoming week, so I hope I can get more in sometime in the next few days. Not the next couple, though. Cloudy tonight, and the forecast is for windy tomorrow night.... :rain:

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I had mine out the other night for a couple hours. I set it up last night but it clouded over. I still got in a view of Jupiter.

Next week I'm headed to Table Mountain Star Party. The weather is supposed to be awesome. :cool:

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Well it is summer, so it has been awhile since i observed the skies.

But i bought a new binocular : a TS Marine 15x70. Boy, is that a fine binocular. Very bright sharp and contrasty views. It's thesame as the Oberwerk Ultra
http://www.telescope-service.com/binocu ... Marine1570

Did some airplane observing. Very nice images and easy to look through. Eye relief is somewhat excellent for me. This is a really nice binocular folks. You can read all about it in Edz cn report (Oberwerk Ultra)

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In the north east it has also been miserable, cloudy, rainy, cold. Not a typical sunny, hazy, 90? CT summer -- that's for sure. At least I'm not crying too much, since Saturn is all but gone, Jupiter is still building, and they are both low now anyway. I did get out the other Friday to view M13 before the Moon rose. It was the most memorable view of M13 to date. 12" dob, 288x, and possibly P8 seeing -- resolved to the core and then some. Other starry night views have come on rare nights with out clouds while at work -- naked eye. I'll take anything these days (sigh).

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Bleh it is never clear enough to see anything. I've been trying to do some binocular observing. I've also want to try out my Galileoscope I just received. My two telescopes have more dust particles on them then stars in the night sky.

Stupid Ohio weather. :whyme:

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My sister in law visited a month ago and I brought out my 12" Lightbridge and experienced the WOW factor first hand. They live in northern NJ and light pollution is a major issue of course. Of course the things that brought the most emotion was M13, the Ring Nebula and the various clusters in Sagittarius. And even Jupiter which was just coming over the mountain and was low on the horizon brought a WOW from her. I could just imagine if it had been higher in the sky and you could see more detail!

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Erik wrote:
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I've had the small refractor out a few times lately, and the skies here are just incredible these days. Scorpius and Sagittarius are way up in the southern sky, and the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon on most nights.


That does it. I'm emigrating!

Britain's crap, as usual. Ok, I was away for a couple of months, then when I got back to the UK in June it was too light at night, now the weather has completely deteriorated. :rain:

And my 12 inch is proving awkward, with a mirror cell problem meaning it won't stay in collimation, even between objects in a single observing session. It's a home made scope, the optics are good, but it's cumbersome and I'm thinking of getting a 12" Lightbridge instead.

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That does it. I'm emigrating!


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Erik,

Use it a couple of times, I went to Lowell, Ind., where the skies are much darker.

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We've had a good run of clear skies this month (12 - yes TWELVE!! - clear ones in a row :boggle: :boggle: :boggle: ), so I have been out with the binoculars and small scope, as my 12 inch broke. I have now sorted out the scope bother and am back in action again - and it's another clear night! :boggle:

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Wow Talyn! You're a good man to take advantage of the skies while you have them. You may have mentioned it here already, but what happened to the 12"?

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Wow Talyn! You're a good man .....



No she isn't. :lol:

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Square_peg wrote:
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No she isn't. :lol:


Really? Wow, I'm an idiot, I had no idea. Thanks for correcting me on that one, Tom.

Talyn...my sincerest apologies!!! :-#

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I've had my ED80 out a couple times recently, trying to catch a glimpse of Saturn in the sunset to see it while we're below the illuminated side of the ring plane. Supposedly the rings disappear during this phase. Twice I've had the scope out to places with very low western horizons in hopes of seeing this. Both times I've struck out.

Yesterday I was up on Rock Candy Mtn trying to see it. Great views from up there. I was surprised to see considerably better resolution of distant downtown Seattle in my 8x42 Regals than in my WO 66 Petzval & Vixen zoom. Something to be said for two eyed viewing.

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Something to be said for two eyed viewing.


100% agreed.

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Chopin wrote:
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Wow Talyn! You're a good man .....



No she isn't. :lol:


Really? Wow, I'm an idiot, I had no idea. Thanks for correcting me on that one, Tom.

Talyn...my sincerest apologies!!! :-#


LOL, accepted but thanks for the laugh! :mrgreen:

As for the 12", which was built by a member of the local society, the mirror cell broke, the mirror itself is a disaster area and the whole thing is awkward to use, so I bought a new one which is a major improvement.
I am not telling that member that the home built scope is relegated to the shed and the optics (bought seperately) are sat in a box awaiting recoating...! I don't think I'd be popular!

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Hi,

Was out last Monday Night, 60 Miles from Chicago where you can see down to the 5th Mag.

We might go out This coming Monday Night, it is suppose to be clear

:cool: , well shall see.

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Yes Talyn, probably best to keep that one quiet. ;)

Tom, good luck with the skies on Monday.

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I'm taking my new Stellarvue 102mm f/11 out tonight.

Although the day time temps were over the century mark today, the skies are predicted to be clear this evening. My CSC rates it a 4/5 in the seeing department and a number of the local observers are headed up to the Sierras tonight to take advantage of the after 1:37AM local time moonset.

From my backyard, I'm mostly a planetary/lunar/glob/double star although on occasion I can just barely make some of the more popular DSOs. A few nights ago, I even spotted the Veil with the same scope and an O-III filter.

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I'm taking the ED80 out in a bit. Hoping to catch Io eclipsing Ganymede at 12:40 local time.

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A rare cloudy night for us here, but sometimes it changes almost instantly. I am hoping to get some time tomorrow night to view Jupiter. Last week, the seeing was amazing. And this is the time of year here when Sagittarius and Orion can be viewed in the same night, so I'm anxious for the moon to disappear again. :cool:

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Hey Erik! Anyway I can get you interested in elderly care?!! :mrgreen:

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A young guy like you, Jeff?!?

I woke up around 4am and the sky was ablaze with stars. If I hadn't had such a long week at work (I even passed on seeing legendary 80's band "The Fixx" play in Kona last night because I was so tired :( ) I would've gone out. Hopefully tonight.

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You passed on the FIXX?!? Shame on you!

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I know. Worst of all, the club they played at is right across the street from where I work. So I left work and could hear them soundchecking. :(

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I haven't had a scope out since TSP, although I did get out my binoculars in Peru a couple of nights in May. I'm planning to get my solar scope out tomorrow. Maybe it's not too late to catch that big prominence they've been talking about.

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Chopin wrote:
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No she isn't. :lol:


Really? Wow, I'm an idiot, I had no idea. Thanks for correcting me on that one, Tom.

Talyn...my sincerest apologies!!! :-#


Sometimes the best man in a particular situation IS a woman!

I've had my scope out twice since my last post here. Weather's still been iffy, but August was a bit of an improvement. Unfortunately I was working terrible long hours on top of a killer commute, and I wasn't doing anything in the evenings but stumbling blearily to bed.

Currently, we're enveloped in smoke from California wildfires. We'll see if early September brings better luck.

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