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  1. A rhyme to ease my frustrations

    by , 01-19-2014 at 06:58 PM
    Snow, Snow go away!
    Come again some other day (like NEVER!)
    Snow, Snow go away!
    Little William wants to play...with his telescope!


    Sorry! Just a little frustrated that I have not been able to get out for some time.
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  2. Brief look at Venus and the Moon

    by , 12-06-2013 at 02:39 PM
    Clouds, clouds, and more clouds...and rain, snow, ice pellets too. Generally not been nice lately. One nice period of time netted no viewing as we were watching a family movie. Oh well.

    But last night on my way home from work, noticed that there was a break in all the clouds. And noticed the Moon and Venus in such a nice position relative to each other in the eastern (well, more SE really) sky. The combination of Venus shining bright and the sliver of the Moon, with the light ...
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  3. M51 and another M101 hunt

    by , 09-09-2013 at 03:04 AM
    Found M51 for the first time and was very excited to do so. I was amazed that I could actually see the link between M51A and B. Quite impressive even though this was very faint and averted vision was my friend tonight.

    Tried for M101 for the second or third time. Actually I think this is my third time as I believe I tried in my 76mm awhile back but since I can't find it in the 8" I'd be shocked if I could see it in the 76mm. I am reasonably certain I was in the right neighbourhood ...
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  4. Clear skies and too tired to enjoy them!

    by , 08-23-2013 at 05:10 PM
    Lately, work has been so busy and I've been coming home tired. So much so that I've been missing good viewing nights. Just in no mood to lug out the scope and view. Not even the little 76mm.

    But broke the rut last night. Tired or not (and I was tired) out came the dob and I viewed Andromeda and the Moon. Not much perhaps but nice and relaxing and refreshing. Happy that I got out of the "too tired" rut.

    Andromeda wasn't very impressive looking but that ...
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  5. And the dob howled at the Moon

    by , 08-17-2013 at 03:30 AM
    OK, a lame title for this post, but hey...

    Took my first look at the Moon in my dob tonight. Wow! The detail was incredible. Crisp and detailed with a clarity unparalleled to my eyes. I saw details in craters I had never seen before. Saw the Montes Alpes clearly for the first time. Copernicus was do detailed it took my breath away. And despite the brightness it was actually tolerable. Proving once again, aperture rules when bringing out details.

    But I really ...
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