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    Default Finally a good night!!



    Finally, the weather decided to cooperate. It has been well over a month since I had been able to take out my scope. I set everything up around 7:30-8:00pm, then went inside to wait for it to get dark.

    After watching Tosh.0 it was about 9:30pm. I went outside to a very clear cloudless night. A cold front had just came through. It was not a strong one but cleared the air and cooled it a little. Put some off on and was ready to go.

    Took about 5-10min to line up the scope and the good time began. Started off taking a look at Saturn and used my 17mm baader hyperion. Giving me about 165x it seemed to be the eyepiece of choice most of the time I was out. I was able to make out some cloud bands and it what looked like the rings casting a shadow on the planet. I tried to push it a little higher with my 9mm expanse ep (311x), but the wind up in the atomosphere was apparent. None the less, Saturn looked pretty impressive.

    Next, I went to a few old summer time friends. M57 and M13 were up. M57 looked quite a bit bigger in my new scope, which was thanks to the higher mag power and 1in extra mirror. It looked good. M13 was amazing, the stars filled up the view. I was able to open up that globular and get high mag power to get the feeling that the stars were surrounding me. I was actually able to use my 9mm on both objects.

    After that I wanted to check out some galaxies. I first went to M81 & M82. Both of which came right into view with my 17mm. Then went over to the Leo trio and could barely make them out. As with my other attemps at other galaxies, it was some what dissapointing. The big problem I had was it wasn't fully dark, and I was probably to high with my 17mm in terms of magnification. The last time I was out, I could see more galaxies. It got darker earliar and I was using my 25mm Orion plossl. I am cosidering a new ep in that range. I was thinking the 26mm Q70, over the Stratus/Hyperion 24mm. I heard the 24mm of those models seem to be the worst of an other fine line of ep's, in those models. I like my 32mm Q70, which I am happy to say seems to function almost 100%, after last months mistake. Any other suggestions would be taken, although I can't afford Tel Vue.

    Finishing the night up I went toward Scorpious. I was able to look at M4 and a double star. Some the objects I finished up with I slewed to by entering the R.A. & DEC cordinates. The scope slewed them right into view. I thought it was pretty cool having never done that before. Now I am going to hit some of my books and find some objects of interest and get their cordinates to enter.

    Anyways I enjoyed my night and am looking forward to another one. Hopefully it will not be another month.

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    Sounds like a great night, glad you made it out. Hope it doesnt take another month for you to get out.
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    Congrats on the fine evening. With my Z10 and 17.5 dob, my mainstay EP is the Hyperion 21mm. I do use the 13mm a fair amount, but when doing the galaxy runs, I normally have in the 21. It seems a good compromise in magnification and FOV for me. I too have heard the same thing about the 24mm Hyperion. That is why I never bought it. Happy viewing.
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    Thanks for the report. Yes, with galaxies I like to use the lower magnifications, typically 50 or 75X.
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    Hello Rick:

    Thanx for the fine report. What scope were you using? I love my Baader Hyperion 24mm, especially as a 2in. eyepiece. Taking the 1.25in. adapter off doesn't affect the focal length like the other EPs in the Hyperion line.

    Hope the next great night comes soon - Gene

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    I'm glad you were able to get out. I have never really seen much of the Leo trio or double stars in Scorpio, but everything else is great to look at. I'm glad you made it out.

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    Thanks everyone, yes it was nice to get out. I hope to try to get out tonight.

    Genesbrown, I was using my cgem 1100. I haven't tried my 17mm on my 10" dob yet. Although on a good night I would like to get them both out and do some comparing. My neighbors may think that I am crazy, oh well. I have no personal use with that ep, I have just done some reading and more people seem to think it is the worst of the group. I do like my 32mm Q70 and that is why I was considering the 26mm in the future. It is a little cheaper also. Hope Orion has an eyepiece sale soon.

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    Great report Rick...enjoyed reading it.
    I have had cloudy skies when I am off and clear skies when I am in work, so I have nothing but other members reports to read to keep me in touch with what I can not see myself.
    Great job and clear skies...
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    Declan, I seem to have the same problem you do. The Chicago area just had its cloudiest spring on record. The days it was clear I had to work. When I was off, cloudy. It is now getting nicer out, but the good nights seem to be work nights. Right now I am deciding if I should go out or not for a bit. I would take my dob and not my cgem 1100. By the time it is dark enough, it will be bed time, but I might.

 

 

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