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    This is a very much delayed report, I believe the session was last Friday, so I'm relying on notes and recollections. I hope I don't embellish too much

    On what seemed like the first clear night in a long time, I took my refractor out again. Of course, it had to coincide with a full moon (one day short of full I think)... Still a lot of fun.

    As soon as I started setting up, a neighbor came up and wanted to see what I was looking at. She ended up joining me for almost the whole session. I lined up and started with the goods: Jupiter, with three of the Galilean moons lined up beautifully. Ganymede was to the West and Io and Callisto to the East. Europa was over the planet, but we couldn't discern it or its shadow. We had a good view of the equatorial belts. Viewed primarily at 125x, but some things were better and more contrasty at 70x. We went back to it a couple of times, as a couple of other neighbors wandered over, and it was the best thing to look at, with a full moon up.

    After that I wanted to show off some other delights. Moved over to NE for Vega, delighting in its bright blue-ness, and then Epsilon Lyr, the double double. Surprisingly hard time separating the small doubles at maximum magnification, even on a refractor, I had forgotten how tight those were. Then, also in the area, we looked at M57, the Ring Nebula. A delight for me, as it always is. My new friend saw it, but wasn't confident that she was discerning the ring shape.

    At a somewhat sheepish request, we went over to the Moon. I was happy to explore it. For this, the frac front cap has a small opening in it, lets maybe 15-20% of light in, so I used that to cut the glare. It works beautifully, better than my cheap neutral filter. Seems to help contrast too (makes sense, since it narrows the path to the center of the lens). But remember this maneuver, it is relevant to the story later on We scanned the limb, I showed her Aristarchus, which had none of its usual glare. To me it was very interesting, to someone without a frame of reference probably not so much. Copernicus, however, with the prominent rays, was very nice to look at, as was the Sinus Iridium area.

    Wondering what else would be good to see, I went back to the Summer Triangle area, and we looked at Albireo, of course, beautiful as ever. And in the area, I visited Stock 1, which had a nice effect of "the more you look, the more you see", and Cr399, the Coathanger. I also centered Antares, which looked deeply red, a nice contrast to Vega.

    After that, I tried other DSOs, but nothing was to be seen. M4 - no go. M27, the Dumbbell - not there. To my dismay, M13 - MIA. I scratched my head and concluded that the full moon is worse than I remembered for anything other than planets and doubles. I said goodbye to my viewing partner, and started to pack up. At which point I saw that the front cap, with the hole in the middle, stayed on since I looked at the moon. It's funny how taking away 80% of the light makes DSOs disappear....

    I took it off and checked that my telescope, and my eyes, were indeed still working. So I picked out whatever randomly popped into my SkySafari screen in the Scorpius - Ophiuchus area. And looked at M19, globular cluster in Oph, new. I actually didn't realize at the time that this was a new Messier for me. Easy to find nebulosity, small and bright as globulars come. No individual star resolution (observed at 40x). Nice way to end the night, and brings my M tally to 82 I believe.


    That was my night, from more than a week ago. Now that the moon is out of the sky, I am, of course, covered in clouds. Such is life.
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    Default Re: neighborhood sharing

    Nice night of sharing the views, Codrin. Yeah, dark caps can really cut the light. A June bug squatting on the eyepiece can have a similar effect. I know this because...
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    Default Re: neighborhood sharing

    Very nice session and a lovely story!
    On of my observing friends once had a 1.25"see-through cap at the field lens of his new Ethos. ( He had a 2 inch focusser) And wondered why he had such a bad view...wanted to sent it back until he discovered his Murphy - moment...
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    Hello rocdoc,

    a very nice and inspiring observing session!
    Thank you for sharing,

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