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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?



    Hi Mark. You have asked a tough question but after giving it some thought I came up with these.
    1) First time I saw the GRS on Jupiter, the rings on Saturn and any detail on Mars.
    2) First time I finally saw the image of the Horsehead on my laptop screen and realized I had finally managed to get a picture of it. I actually danced around in my driveway at midnight on a cold February night. My neighbors now know I am completely nuts.
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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    1. Having no real clue what I was doing, I reckoned Saturn "should be just about there" as I cranked the RA knob on my first scope. It was! I'm sure my feet actually left the ground by an inch or two!

    2. Gazing at the awe inspiring M42 for the first time and feeling very very small.

    3. The pleasure I get every time I hit the GoTo button and sit and watch my beloved 8" Dob slew accurately and unerringly to the next celestial delight.

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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    thats a tuff one- i guess 1) seeing my 1st saturn 50 years ago in a 60mm refractor 2) 2003 opposition mars 3) dont really have a 3, but 1st time experience would be up there, like 1st time finding neptune or viewing the moon in binoviewers- etc
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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    Mark I enjoyed your original post. I remember Halleys, somebody had access to a scope and we looked at it. Long before I got in to astronomy. I had the KR5,I think.

    I completely missed Hale Bopp and Hyakatuke. Not sure what I was thinking. Little interest in astronomy at the time.

    1. Transit of Venus 2012

    2. Eclipse later 2012

    3. Idk. Maybe Sagittarius at 4am when I'd never really seen it before. Panstarrs 2013 was great. Seen tons of galaxies this year. Lots of comets, 7 I think, last year....

    I may remember others. Like the first time I got Saturn in my scope. Adapted a 5mm 0.965 ep with masking tape.

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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    Seeing Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, and of course getting to see the moon an craters clearly
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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    I have only one notable event that gave me a lot of pleasure and it was not even me that experienced it.

    Over the years I have lived in many dark sky areas -- Northern Ireland, Yorkshire Moors and now Cornwall, amongst others -- and have got used to seeing the Milky Way with a clarity that city-dwellers can't even imagine. When my wife and I decided to come to Cornwall on holiday several years ago we were staying at a place called St Breward on the edge of Bodmin moor and one night I could see the sky was clear. I told the wife to get her coat and we would go to the pub in the car but I had an ulterior motive (not that, filthy mind).

    I drove up to the hill on the other side of the village and we sat in the car chatting in the dark for a while (I was stalling, to get her some dark vision). After ten minutes I told her to put her seat back (stop it, will you!) and then I opened the sunroof and told her to look up at the sky. She was amazed and aghast at the sight of all those stars that she had never seen before as she had always lived in London where you can hardly see the planets let alone anything else.

    Within the year we had moved to Cornwall and have lived here happily ever since. While the sight of the stars was not the only factor in her wanting to come here, it was up there in the top five.

    She maintains a spectator interest in astronomy and is perfectly happy sitting in a cold garden while I bring the scope to bear on another DSO that she can look at.

    On a personal note and one that was expressly excluded by the OP but I don't care, I remember my first view of Saturn through a 90cm SCT years ago. It was a tiny object in my eyepiece suspended in the blackness of space but it was breathtakingly clear and made me feel very small in a very large universe.
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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    You know, I think I can forgive people's first view of Saturn, whatever the aperture to show the rings clearly. For me, it was in a 30x40mm refractor!

    I am loving peoples replies. Keep them coming!

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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    In the very short time ive been doing this i have had many amazing experiences but a few are a bit more amazing.

    1. First view of Saturn, this affects everyone i think its just magical. It was so real it looked fake lol

    2. Seeing m82 supernova this year from very dark skies. The 2 galaxies together were so bright in the eyepiece i felt like i was looking at a black and white photo.

    3. On a night of VERY good seeing i watched Ganymede transit Jupiter at 240x. Not the shadow the actual moon, it was very cool i showed the whole family and i think the neighbor

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    Default Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

    Great thread indeed. You guys have had some wonderful experiences.

    For me, it would be:
    1) Seeing Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus with my own eyes. Also the I.S.S. anytime it's visible.
    2) A total solar eclipse in the early 90s. I think it was 1990 or 1991, but I recently found an old Polaroid of me & a bunch of neighborhood kids all viewing it on a sheet of paper projected through my little Tasco!
    3a) Seeing Comet Hale-Bopp. I remember messing up drill formation one morning cause I wasn't paying attention, just looking at the comet!
    3b) Ok I know this is 4, but I couldn't leave it out. Last year, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and went to Kennedy Space Center. I also got to witness a rocket launch. It was amazing to see.
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    2) A total solar eclipse in the early 90s. I think it was 1990 or 1991, but I recently found an old Polaroid of me & a bunch of neighborhood kids all viewing it on a sheet of paper projected through my little Tasco!

    Where did you watch this eclipse from? If you had to project the image, it likely was a partial. There were partial eclipses of the sun visible in the U.S. in March 1989 and July 1991. If you thought a partial eclipse was good, then a total will blow your mind.....
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