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    Default First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)



    Last night was forecasted to be mostly clear, so I decided to go home after work (rather than staying out on the town). Since my laptop died with all the latest astro files and planetarium software in it just before I left for vacation last month, I couldn’t plan a new observing list. So I thought I’d try out scopes I rarely (or never) use and spend my time with deep-sky stuff I’d seen before or solar system objects I rarely observe, maybe do a shootout between scopes and compare their performance. But when I found a few pending asterisms from observing lists I made last year with their locations already pencil-marked and boundaries delineated in Interstellarum (IDSA), I took out my workhorse Meade Polaris 114EQ and proceeded to cross them off the lists.

    The sky was clear, but humidity was heavy. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to the C2A planetarium software, so I couldn’t list the mag. of the stars seen beyond what is shown in IDSA.

    Sketches attached: Gardena (1-11-18).pdf

    1. HD 22427 (Cam, size=38 x 29’, #14) – IDSA shows 10 stars forming a ring, the brightest star being 8th mag. At 32x, I managed to see all 10 stars, no more, no less.

    2. HD 26580 (Cam, size=26 x 9’, #7) – IDSA shows three stars (one 8th, two 9th). Using 90x with an Orion 10mm Kellner, I picked up 7 additional members. I see two separate groups – the 3 IDSA stars forming a trapezoid with two other members, and 5 stars forming a “Y” shape below it.

    3. HD 26110 or Zanin 5 (Cam, size=7.5’, #6 & 7) – IDSA actually plots this asterism, showing one 9th mag. star. Using 143x with an Orion 6.3mm Sirius Plossl, 4 other members were easily visible. Shaped like a rectangular box tilting NE/SW.

    Good to be back observing after about a month of inactivity. The results of my three final observing sessions in December were on the verge of being submitted to the Astronomy Forum before my computer crashed.

    After reaching 2000 DSOs in December, I’m not sure what my observing goals will be for this year. I no longer feel the need to constantly seek out new DSOs with small aperture scopes of 4.5” or smaller.

    However, I do want to finish the Herschel 400 using these small scopes – I’ve got about 8-10 objects left on this list.
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    Glad you got out there, Terry!

    I'm still stuck at 1532 DSO's, and at the rate my clear skies are coming, I'll give it three years to get to 2000.

    This will be Day 29 of no observing. I've got two 80mm's setup in the living room for something to look at.

    Needs to clear up soon. I ordered a KK Ortho last night. This dearth is costing me money.
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    I am glad you got to go out Terry!
    It sucks that you lost your computer and all its contents. This would be very disturbing to me.

    I appreciate your drawings.

    You commented that you are not going to use the small app scopes in the future. Are you planning a BIG acquisition?

    Thank you for posting your report. :-)
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Glad you got out there, Terry!

    I'm still stuck at 1532 DSO's, and at the rate my clear skies are coming, I'll give it three years to get to 2000.

    This will be Day 29 of no observing. I've got two 80mm's setup in the living room for something to look at.

    Needs to clear up soon. I ordered a KK Ortho last night. This dearth is costing me money.
    Which KK did you order Bryan?
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

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    Which KK did you order Bryan?
    18mm. I went with a focal length that would be useful on all four of my longer achros.
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    Congrats on your first session of 2018 Terry!
    Hopefully the new year will bring many more clear nights and you can bag the last few H400 objects on your list.
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    Congrats on getting out for he first time in 2018, can't wait to get out again.
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    I bought a new telescope earlier this month, and with it what seems like a month of clouds in the Pacific Northwest. I'd give my right foot for a clear night at this point. Relish the clear skies in winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Glad you got out there, Terry!

    I'm still stuck at 1532 DSO's, and at the rate my clear skies are coming, I'll give it three years to get to 2000.

    This will be Day 29 of no observing. I've got two 80mm's setup in the living room for something to look at.

    Needs to clear up soon. I ordered a KK Ortho last night. This dearth is costing me money.
    Thanks Bryan! You'll get to 2000 sooner than that!

    Yup, those two classic C80s with Vixen mounts look really nice. The only classic scopes I have are 50-60mm 'fracs.

    Heh, heh - you've been on quite a buying spree lately ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleheaf View Post
    I am glad you got to go out Terry!
    It sucks that you lost your computer and all its contents. This would be very disturbing to me.

    I appreciate your drawings.

    You commented that you are not going to use the small app scopes in the future. Are you planning a BIG acquisition?

    Thank you for posting your report. :-)
    Thanks Mark!

    Fortunately, the good folks in the IT department at work were able to salvage my laptop hard drive today. All files have been backed up on an external hard drive. But the rest of the computer is dead.

    Oh, I'll still be using my small scopes (<=4.5" in aperture) - easier to set up and transport to darker sky sites than my bigger scopes. Of which I have four - two 5" (127mm & 130mm) and two 5.9" (150mm) Newtonians. So no new acquisitions anytime soon...

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowler75 View Post
    Congrats on your first session of 2018 Terry!
    Hopefully the new year will bring many more clear nights and you can bag the last few H400 objects on your list.
    Thanks Craig! It would be nice to complete the H400 this year, but we'll see...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimi79 View Post
    Congrats on getting out for he first time in 2018, can't wait to get out again.
    Thanks Jimi! Hope you get clear skies soon...

    Quote Originally Posted by IamKelso View Post
    I bought a new telescope earlier this month, and with it what seems like a month of clouds in the Pacific Northwest. I'd give my right foot for a clear night at this point. Relish the clear skies in winter.
    Hope you get clear skies soon, Iam!
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    Default Re: First Observing Session for 2018 (1-11-18)

    Fine report Terry!

    Congrats on getting some sky time after almost a month.
    I also recently lost a computer to age and lost a bunch of astro goodies, I feel your misery.
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