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    Default Neptune near Phi Aquarii.



    It was cold and clear last night. Seeing was good, transparancy a bit less but still ok.
    I am still practicing with my "new" 6 inch Achro. Finding out eyepiece positions with and without barlow, 2"and 1.25" diagonal and prism.

    I examined several nice deepsky objects in Cygnus, Delphinus, Vulpecula, Pegasus, Andromeda and Cassiopeia. One of the things I found out was that under these conditions a magnification of 300X, with my Pentax XO2.5, is no problem on bright globular clusters. Or the barlowed X05.

    Just before cleaning up I remembered Neptune should be very close to Phi Aquarii. (SAO 146585). Worth a look. It was a beautiful sight.
    I have made a picture of it in Paint.

    [IMG]Neptune by John Baars, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The 6" Achro has no problem with the color of Neptune
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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    Very nie observation John, I am glad the new telescope is working out for you.
    I was hoping for some observing time but have been clouded out the last two days.
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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    Hello John,

    an excellent observation of Neptun, and a nice sketch of yours.
    I will find time to watch Neptun in about a week, weather allowing.
    Thank you,

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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    I saw Neptune for the first time last night through my 8" Meade LX200. It was just a dot, and I could not even discern the color. The only confirmation I have is that the Star pattern matched Stellarium's image. When I asked LX200 to go to Neptune, I was not really expecting to see anything, since the Moon (almost 3rd quarter) was just a few degrees away. I was stunned that I could see Neptune on my first attempt. I will need to wait a few days and watch again to see if it has moved relative to the stars, then I will know for sure.
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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    That was a nice observation.
    Well done!
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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    Hi John. An excellent painting/sketch from you. I just knew that you would love your new 6" achromatic refractor, as much as JG and I love ours. Thanks for your excellent post and sketch John, and the very best of regards.
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    Default Re: Neptune near Phi Aquarii.

    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    Hi John. An excellent painting/sketch from you. I just knew that you would love your new 6" achromatic refractor, as much as JG and I love ours. Thanks for your excellent post and sketch John, and the very best of regards.
    Thanks, Marshall.

    Like you said, I love the 6 inch achromatic refractor. Thanks to the basic equipment I gave it ( just a simple and light 6X30 straight-through finder) , the two handle bars ( in fact two vixen dovetailplates) and the compactness, its manageability is greater than my 120mm Evostar Apo. Despite the two extra pounds he brings on the scales.
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