Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby

  1. A nice night of firsts & possible once in a lifetime view

    by , 01-27-2014 at 07:06 AM (Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby)
    Was out at my local club's star party testing <REDACTED> for <REDACTED> because they <REDACTED>... Whew! Had do that sorry. But it was an excellent night for me with unexpected things...

    For example I learned last week that the trapezium in Orion has 8 stars in there not the four I am used to seeing. I learned this from a friend who swore that last night was going to be the night I got to see 6 of them! So he brought out his 16" Dob with the Swayze mirrors and ...
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  2. Celestron Star Sense first thoughts

    by , 09-19-2013 at 04:41 PM (Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby)
    So I pulled the trigger on this and got it on Monday. Yesterday was the first day I had a chance to use it.

    Briefly... It's worth the money for the most part. Don't need a laptop or camera like you do with Astro Tortilla so it's a bonus in terms of time saving for visual use. It aligned the mount in under 3 minutes far better than I could unless I took a good 10+ minutes to do so and everything I pointed to DSO wise was dead bang in the center of the EP... But as time went on it ...
  3. And the adventure begins

    by , 06-12-2013 at 04:16 AM (Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby)
    Quote Originally Posted by cbrucker View Post
    It's been a while and I need to upload the reports but here is the current list of Messier objects I have nailed since my last report.

    Update 6/1/13 Local Star Party
    M97 Owl Nebula

    Update 6/10/13
    M59 Elliptical galaxy in Virgo
    M60 Elliptical galaxy in Virgo
    M64 Black Eye Galaxy 6/10/13
    M104 Sombrero Galaxy 6/10/13

    And the total list by Messier number, description, and date.

    M2 Globular Cluster 10/13/12
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  4. Testing out the Ethos 10mm, 13mm, and 17mm on the 8" Edge

    by , 04-27-2013 at 07:49 AM (Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby)
    I haven't observed for a while now thanks to clouds, work, and other crap so even though the moon was almost full tonight was going to be the night to do so regardless of conditions and even if I had to fire up my multi megawatt orbital weapons death star laser platform located in an undisclosed location somewhere in orbit, set it for wide beam, and burn any clouds right out of the sky passing aircraft be damned.

    It was also an excuse to try out the Televue Ethos EP's ...
  5. Tech tip on the Explore Scientific 80mm APO

    by , 01-22-2013 at 04:25 PM (Notes from the field. My rants raves and frothing at the mouth about this maddening and frustrating buy lovely hobby)
    So I found out what those extra tubes are for in the 80mm ES APO kit. They are so you can extend the focal extenders. And they thread onto the collar with the thumb screws and locking brass tension ring that you attach the diagonal or camera to. It unscrews and then you put one or both of these on.

    You will have to do this each time you use the OTA as it will not fit in the case with them on the tube.

    If you are just using this for visual then I would suggest pulling ...
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