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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.



    Good to have you back in print. A couple of planets and a traditional star hop through some Messiers is a good night. I have found that if you have the time and patience to set up both scopes, when you find targets like M10 and 12 with the 8SE, match the view in your XT10, and then log or sketch the key elements in a low powered view that centers them. In the future, you only need the XT10 to hop to your logged low powered view, then switch eyepieces. Another approach that saves a lot of time and effort is to buy a cheap and easy to set up GOTO scope. I often set up a 115mm short tube iOptron Newt a few feet from my big Dob and use it as a "quick finder". Instead of star hopping, I let the iOptron GOTO capability center the target even if it is not clearly visible in the small scope, then I can match the view in the Dob. If I get disoriented or lose the target in the big scope, a quick look in the "tracking" scope lets me push the big scope back to the matching view. This method really works well if you have 82 or 100 degree eyepieces for the big scope.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    Great report...and successful observing session!! Glad you are back!!!

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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    Trombatissimo, I have thought of doing just that. My problem is finding the right night to do it. I work nights mostly. And the nights I have off I try to spend as much of it with my family and catch up with their lives. Come September/October I should be able to take some time off and hopefully drive to some darker skies than my now green skies, thanks light pollution! I used to have nice blue to grey skies on the light pollution scale, now there is more development in the area and everyone needs to keep their yard lights on 24/7 it seems. But that's another discussion altogether.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    A great report, sounds like a fantastic session - looking forward to the next one!
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    Welcome back! Nice walk in the sky. Did you see any moon shadows on Jupiter? Couple of moons were transiting last evening.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by orionxt10 View Post
    Trombatissimo, I have thought of doing just that. My problem is finding the right night to do it. I work nights mostly. And the nights I have off I try to spend as much of it with my family and catch up with their lives. Come September/October I should be able to take some time off and hopefully drive to some darker skies than my now green skies, thanks light pollution! I used to have nice blue to grey skies on the light pollution scale, now there is more development in the area and everyone needs to keep their yard lights on 24/7 it seems. But that's another discussion altogether.
    It just occurred to me that you might be able to simulate my technique in Stellarium. If anyone has tried this, feel free to contribute your findings. I will play with this over my next few "Big Dob" nights and update you if I am getting positive results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orionxt10 View Post
    Trombatissimo, I have thought of doing just that. My problem is finding the right night to do it. I work nights mostly. And the nights I have off I try to spend as much of it with my family and catch up with their lives. Come September/October I should be able to take some time off and hopefully drive to some darker skies than my now green skies, thanks light pollution! I used to have nice blue to grey skies on the light pollution scale, now there is more development in the area and everyone needs to keep their yard lights on 24/7 it seems. But that's another discussion altogether.
    Thanks for your report XT10!

    I didn't even consider posting observing reports until 2015, some 4 years after I first joined AF (we joined the same year). Now it's a habit. Learned a lot from the reports others have posted on this Forum..

    Nearly all my observing is in urban skies (Bortle 8-9) the past 2 years; observing under a green zone is a luxury reserved for only 1-4 nights per year.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    I have Stellarium on my laptop. Best planetarium software there is in my opinion. I use it more than my starry night pro 7 software. But, even with that. and it has led me to alot, M10 and 12 are just somehow out of my reach. I will try next time to maybe bring my laptop out with me. I know there is apps for phones and tablets, but everytime you turn them on, there goes your eyes.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    Congrats on a nice session, Orion. Great report, thanks for sharing. Hopefully your next will be sooner than 5 years from now.
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    Default Re: First report in 5 years.

    Sounds like a good session!

    I used an Orion 10 inch Dob one time, nice scope. Probably what I should have bought to start with.

    Thanks for the nice read while I listen to a continuous seven hours of thunder.
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