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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations



    Nice evening, Patrick! It's a real pleasure to share the sky with good friends. Food for the soul!
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Bryan, Food for the Soul....very true my friend.
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Great update and observations! thanks for sharing, and thanks for contributing to the Messier observing report pages.

    This one is a good example
    M67 observing report - Astronomy Forums | Telescope Forums & Reviews | Astronomy Community
    a few were missing observing comments, just add these please when you have some time
    eg http://www.astronomyforum.net/wiki/M47-observing-report

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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    A very nice session Patrick, it is good that you got a chance to share it with friends
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    The full moon last night kept me from any serious observing but a friend and his family stopped by. We looked at the Moon and M103. Pleides was observable, as was the Orion Nebula, but other than that the Moon's glow was washing out everything else.

    It was the first opportunity to use the filter slide I installed. It was very easy to select the filter and then remove it. I want to add a couple of more filters to it but it's definitely a game changer.

    Around the same time the slide arrived, a new Glatter collimator showed up via USPS. This turned out to be really nice. My Zhumell laser has been doing the job but I wanted a true 2" laser. So, in came the Glatter extra bright red laser and I also got the tuBlug attachment for alligning the primary from the rear of the scope. Both worked great and the bullseye hologram made allignment a breeze.
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    3/25/17 I had friends over with the hope that the high, overhead, clouds would dissipate but no luck. So, we made the best of it, lit a fire in the fire pit and made smores.
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    4/1/17 I traveled to my buddy Randy's house, in VA Beach. He has an Orion Skywatcher 12" that he has never figured out the go-to for. He has also never observed with my Obsession 15", so we decided to give his yard a shot for observing. Slightly before dusk, we set up the scopes. I read up on his remote and quickly figured out the procedure for it. Also, I discovered his collimation was off and I corrected it.

    Night soon fell, and his scope began tracking, after a simple two star allignment and I quickly alligned the Argo Navis on my scope. I immediately noticed the sky was not nearly as dark as I'm fortunate enough to have at home. Our scuba diving buddy, Duncan, and his two boys soon showed up. We showed them the Orion Nebula, M46, M47, and M48. Surprisingly, they wanted to see the Moon the most, so we allowed them lengthy observations of it. After a couple of hours of look at the Moon and talking about diving, they soon left.

    For the first time at one of our star parties, our friend Capt. Morgan showed up for a short stay. While enjoying the Captain's visit, we played with the Argo Navis' tour mode, and some of the Captain's shenanigans began. For example, Randy was awarded the nickname Star Lord, and at his request, I demonstrated my famous Chewbacca impression. We discussed time and space exploration and the future of it. While seeing wasn't nearly as enjoyable as at home, we enjoyed the fellowship and the enjoyment of our mutal hobby. I currently have the scope set up in the backyard, ready for another night of observing.
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    Nicely done Patrick sounds like you were able to help your friend out quite a bit!

    Probably saved him months of frustration
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    Sounds like a fun night Patrick! You have to watch out for the Captain, he is a bit of an instigator
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    Nicely done Patrick sounds like you were able to help your friend out quite a bit!

    Probably saved him months of frustration
    He was a very happy camper seeing the scope slew and track. Also the difference in the collimation made quite a difference.
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