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    Default After a long wait...



    So it finally happened
    Its been a few months since I moved into my new house,and since i moved its been clouds/rain/wind almost non stop.
    Last night as I was getting something out of the car I glanced up,and saw these bright white little dots.
    Whipping my glasses clean and looking all over for clouds I just pinched myself and thought this cant be.

    5 minutes later my el cheapo scope was out on the driveway,eyepiece in and chair ready.

    Still not sure how long this would last I started of by having my first look in ages at Jupiter,and this just blew me away.
    I was able to make out detail on Jupiter with my 70mm scope and 20 celestron eyepiece,And Jupiter was lower than ideal.
    grabbed the 2x barlow lense and WOW. Since I started with my star gazing I have never experienced this clarity EVER. I could see the bands,I was able to make out the moons and everything was crystal clear,with a barlow that normally made any viewing useless.

    So time to swing over to mars,with now wind to speak of,and the pavement giving better support for the scope to stand on than the grass i was still not expecting much from viewing mars,has always just been a red blob with details avoiding my gaze. How wrong I was,with no barlow I was able to make out more than just a red blob,giving the Barlow another shot I almost fell of my chair,I can see the ice cap,and the sea....

    By now I've spent an hour looking at just 2 planets,and while Saturn is still too low I decide to go do some random gazing,the amount of stars and unknown nebula's and clusters I found close to the southern cross was eye candy,by now my eyes are so adapted to the dark I make out the omega cent cluster with my naked eyes,swinging the scope over and in 10 seconds looking at the sight that fills my eye piece,I hunt and find a another cluster,and a faint galaxy.

    Saturn finaly is high enough and swing my scope over,and again I remember how beautiful it is. I spend a few minutes looking at ti with the barlow on and the views amaze me again.


    By now I've spent 4 hours outside and decide to go get the big boy celestron 4. get some coffee and get ready for more amazing views,only to find the clouds magically appeared in the 30 minutes i was inside waiting for the scope to get cool enough....... Darn.

    The first time really didn't disappoint at my new place,found a spot on my driveway which is almost completely dark and gives me enough room to view most of the sky. Now getting scopes ready for another night as I could have had more time viewing if they where ready.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    nice time it sounds like with your telescope.... sometimes it just works !!

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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Great report ! keep us informed of your next session with the 4se.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Thanks for the excellent report. I love your enthusiasm.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Thanks for the report on the planets, it sounds like a great night out under the stars, and I'm glad that you were finally able to enjoy a break in the cloudy weather.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Nice report. Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Hi Zobie. It looks like you were off to a pretty good start. We all know how it is when a cloud front moves in suddenly, and then it's all over. But, you got some nice views of Jupiter, Mars (however small and fuzzy), and the Southern Cross. Thanks for your fun read report Zombie, and keep us posted on your next observing session.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Sounds like a pretty good night. I still have another day before I officially get my telescope and then a few more days before the clouds are supposed to clear. I can't wait to get out there myself and look through a telescope for the first time since the mid 90's.
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    Default Re: After a long wait...

    Great report, Zombie!

    I know exactly how you feel, regarding the "Village Idiot" thing!!

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