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    Hi All,

    Just spent about 2 hours in the garden and it has to be one of my favourite impromptu observing sessions!

    I grabbed my new 10x50 Binos as I thought I would take a 'quick look at the moon'. I ended up getting the portable tripod out then my Celestron Travelscope! I was just thinking of getting the Skywatcher 130p out, but the clouds have come rolling in

    Anyway, I think I had a better view in the wider FOV in the Binos. Jupiter is just a few degrees to the left of the Moon at the same height and all four of the galilean moons are lined up as if the moon is 'sucking' them up! I have been mesmerised for ages just looking at it. Eventually after about an hour, all 4 moons were visible (the Moon next to it is very bright and there isn't a moon filter on binoculars so it took a while to adjust!) and unless my mind was playing tricks, very faint bands on Jupiter could be seen (they are only 10x50 Binos). The Travelscope just couldn't offer the FOV of the Binos, though the bands of Jupiter were definitely there with them - though not the moon in the same view

    This is the first time i have really used the binoculars - I got the scope first and I must say they are very good for low mag, wide views. If anyone is wondering whether to get any - do! I only paid £25 from 7dayshop.com and they are really good value and sharp.

    Anyway enough rambling...I just wanted to share the amazing view with you all and there is still time to get out there if the clouds stay away!

    Clear Skies!!!!

    Tel



    PS Below is a shot from my iPhone, no scope etc - It really looks amazing in the night sky.
    Moon-Jupiter.jpg
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    Default Re: The Moon tonight

    Great report. Must have been a great view. That kind of excitement is what keeps us going.
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    Default Re: The Moon tonight

    Welcome to the forum.

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    Default Re: The Moon tonight

    Strangely enough, I've found a pair of sunglasses works well for Bino views of the Moon. Not all that techy...but the results speak for themselves!
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    Default Re: The Moon tonight

    Hello Tel. I was out last night and caught the Moon and Jupiter at about 1:30am (EDST) with my binoculars. This evening I have the 12" Dob out, and in about an hour, I will have a chance to use it after about 3 weeks of inclement weather and skies. But, the binocular view last night reminded me of their value. Nothing to set up and light weight. Good luck in your astronomy endeavors and the best of regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    Hello Tel. I was out last night and caught the Moon and Jupiter at about 1:30am (EDST) with my binoculars. This evening I have the 12" Dob out, and in about an hour, I will have a chance to use it after about 3 weeks of inclement weather and skies. But, the binocular view last night reminded me of their value. Nothing to set up and light weight. Good luck in your astronomy endeavors and the best of regards,
    Yep that's the whole reason I got my binoculars. I missed so many nights observing as i looked up and could see clouds coming and knew that by the time I got the mount, tripod, scope, power tank, EPs etc out, aligned it etc it would be cloudy! (I know it only takes 15 minutes). But with Binoculars as you say it really is just grab and go! I can be out in the garden with the binos and set up in about 1 minute flat! I was also amazed by the FOV from them - My cousin is bringing me an ES82 deg 7mm for my scope from the States and I imagine I will be as immersed in deep sky with that. I can't wait!

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    I was out early on last night with my scope and then again later on briefly with my binos - excellent views both times.

    The only thing to add to your binos is a comfy reclining chair mind last night it was the first time i have noticed the cold this autumn - time to start wrapping up warm as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by telstar View Post
    hi all,

    just spent about 2 hours in the garden and it has to be one of my favourite impromptu observing sessions!

    I grabbed my new 10x50 binos as i thought i would take a 'quick look at the moon'. I ended up getting the portable tripod out then my celestron travelscope! I was just thinking of getting the skywatcher 130p out, but the clouds have come rolling in

    anyway, i think i had a better view in the wider fov in the binos. Jupiter is just a few degrees to the left of the moon at the same height and all four of the galilean moons are lined up as if the moon is 'sucking' them up! I have been mesmerised for ages just looking at it. Eventually after about an hour, all 4 moons were visible (the moon next to it is very bright and there isn't a moon filter on binoculars so it took a while to adjust!) and unless my mind was playing tricks, very faint bands on jupiter could be seen (they are only 10x50 binos). The travelscope just couldn't offer the fov of the binos, though the bands of jupiter were definitely there with them - though not the moon in the same view

    this is the first time i have really used the binoculars - i got the scope first and i must say they are very good for low mag, wide views. If anyone is wondering whether to get any - do! I only paid £25 from 7dayshop.com and they are really good value and sharp.

    Anyway enough rambling...i just wanted to share the amazing view with you all and there is still time to get out there if the clouds stay away!

    Clear skies!!!!

    Tel



    ps below is a shot from my iphone, no scope etc - it really looks amazing in the night sky.
    Moon-Jupiter.jpg
    great stuff my man.have you try'd too shot any planets with your webcam & are you using a home made nones piece too mate with your scope?& if so what are you using.

 

 

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