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    Default On the road again



    I am out on another business trip at the same location around 5° south latitude that I have previously reported from over the past three or so years. After getting settled in and rested up (at least partially) I had intended to go out after work last night with my 10x50s and IDSA to get myself reoriented with the perspective of observing from farther south. One thing I had noticed was that a couple of the trees had grown in my absence, clipping my far south viewing angle a little. I will see if anything can be done about that while I am here.

    Anyway, I went out prior to getting off work to check things out for a minute or two with the naked eye. The sky was mostly clear though light pollution and local light glare were unfortunately pretty much the same as previous trips. Still I quickly spotted the bright dynamic duo of Sirius and Canopus to the southeast, and Orion passing overhead, with his head to the north - always an interesting perspective. However, a couple more checks later found the sky socked in, so I finally had to give it up for the night and head to bed after work. So, as I've experienced previously here during the early part of the year, I likely will be battling clouds. Of course I will continue my attempts to get out there to share some of the southern sky with you over the course of the next couple of months.

    For this trip I left the ES ED80 at home and brought my Orion Astro Dazzle 4.5" f/4.4 newt OTA (1.25" focuser), which will be riding on the Slik Pro 700DX tripod and UA MicroStar mount head. The small accessory case I put together holds an AT Paradigm 25mm (20x) as my finder eyepiece, the ES 82 11mm (45x), 8.8mm (56x), 6.7mm (74x), 4.7mm (106x) and Agena Starguider 3.2mm (156x). I also have a GSO 1.25" 2x barlow from which I typically only use the bottom portion screwed into an eyepiece to yield a 1.5x boost, a Rigel Quikfinder for aiming, DGM NPB nebula filter, red light and my trusty IDSA atlas. I also brought along a piece of foam to attach at the front of the OTA to block light intrusion into the tube as well as a dark cloth to drape over my head as needed. Hopefully these little tricks will improve my visual contrast a bit.

    So the stage is set and it will now be up to the cloud demons as to how much observing I will be able to get in over the coming weeks. But I will be out there every chance I get, and sharing the journey with you, a southern perspective through the eyes of a native northerner. Hope to see you out there soon.
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Looking forward to your reports, Alan! That Astro Dazzle is a well decorated scope

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    Default Re: On the road again

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Looking forward to your reports, Alan! That Astro Dazzle is a well decorated scope

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    Thank you Dave. Yeah, I know. Personally I find it hideous, but as long as it does the job, I can turn a blind eye to that - I think! I only paid $99 for it.

    It is the same OTA as the Sky-Watcher Skyhawk 1145ps, only with the "dazzled" appearance!
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Good luck, Alan! Hopefully the clouds play nicely for you. Looking forward to the "road" reports!
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    I am looking forward to reading your posts Alan.
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    Looking forward to your report(s) Alan. It's nice that you were able to take along a scope with more aperture to plumb the depths of those southern skies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Good luck, Alan! Hopefully the clouds play nicely for you. Looking forward to the "road" reports!
    Thank you Bryan. One never knows. I checked earlier and its an empty canvas up there at the moment. We shall see (or not see).

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    I am looking forward to reading your posts Alan.
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    Looking forward to your report(s) Alan. It's nice that you were able to take along a scope with more aperture to plumb the depths of those southern skies.
    Thanks Michael. That was my thinking as well. I hope to get a better shot at picking up some of the brighter galaxies perhaps, given cooperative conditions. The marine layer and high humidity can wreak havoc as you well know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    I am out on another business trip at the same location around 5° south latitude that I have previously reported from over the past three or so years. After getting settled in and rested up (at least partially) I had intended to go out after work last night with my 10x50s and IDSA to get myself reoriented with the perspective of observing from farther south. One thing I had noticed was that a couple of the trees had grown in my absence, clipping my far south viewing angle a little. I will see if anything can be done about that while I am here.

    Anyway, I went out prior to getting off work to check things out for a minute or two with the naked eye. The sky was mostly clear though light pollution and local light glare were unfortunately pretty much the same as previous trips. Still I quickly spotted the bright dynamic duo of Sirius and Canopus to the southeast, and Orion passing overhead, with his head to the north - always an interesting perspective. However, a couple more checks later found the sky socked in, so I finally had to give it up for the night and head to bed after work. So, as I've experienced previously here during the early part of the year, I likely will be battling clouds. Of course I will continue my attempts to get out there to share some of the southern sky with you over the course of the next couple of months.

    For this trip I left the ES ED80 at home and brought my Orion Astro Dazzle 4.5" f/4.4 newt OTA (1.25" focuser), which will be riding on the Slik Pro 700DX tripod and UA MicroStar mount head. The small accessory case I put together holds an AT Paradigm 25mm (20x) as my finder eyepiece, the ES 82 11mm (45x), 8.8mm (56x), 6.7mm (74x), 4.7mm (106x) and Agena Starguider 3.2mm (156x). I also have a GSO 1.25" 2x barlow from which I typically only use the bottom portion screwed into an eyepiece to yield a 1.5x boost, a Rigel Quikfinder for aiming, DGM NPB nebula filter, red light and my trusty IDSA atlas. I also brought along a piece of foam to attach at the front of the OTA to block light intrusion into the tube as well as a dark cloth to drape over my head as needed. Hopefully these little tricks will improve my visual contrast a bit.

    So the stage is set and it will now be up to the cloud demons as to how much observing I will be able to get in over the coming weeks. But I will be out there every chance I get, and sharing the journey with you, a southern perspective through the eyes of a native northerner. Hope to see you out there soon.
    Safe travels and clear skies Alan!
    And if you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance......
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Thanks for your nice read.
    I look forward to your southern reports.
    Meanwhile, we'll meet at Orion. No turning left. See you right there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sketrip View Post
    Safe travels and clear skies Alan!
    And if you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance......
    Thanks Steve. Clear skies, well not so much tonight either. But I know how that song is from past experiences here. Patience is my watchword and in time I will be rewarded - I hope! But so far, I'm undazzled.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Baars View Post
    Thanks for your nice read.
    I look forward to your southern reports.
    Meanwhile, we'll meet at Orion. No turning left. See you right there!
    Thanks John. Yeah, I saw you at Orion earlier, with its head slightly to my north! But as the evening wore on, and despite Clear Outside saying it was less than 10% clouded, it was more like about 95%. But again, I am used to that as well. I did see Achenar tonight, one of my favorite brilliant blue-white stars at the bottom end of Eridanus. Just to its east the familiar diamond of Reticulum was spotted in the 10x50s. But soon there after, it was all covered in a cloudy patchwork. So, scratch another evening and see what happens as this week unfolds.
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