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    Default Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon



    Made it out tonight for the first time in months!

    ~2100, 13 January 2019

    I'm very surprised how cloudy it is in southern Ontario, Canada in the late fall and early winter. This is my first winter with a telescope, so the first time I've noticed.

    Sirius was exceptionally bright and twinkly. I thought it was an airplane, but was too static. It looked brighter and more twinkly through the telescope. Mostly white, but with some red's and blue's too.

    I had a look at Mars which was bright and high in the night sky. I had trouble focusing. I don't think it was colimation as when I went out of focus, the ring seemed well formed.

    I swung over to the moon and had a nice look at the terminator on this slightly less than 1/2 moon. It focused fine. A bit wavy as I was looking over the roof of my house. Maybe that's what was going on with Mars too, as it was also above my roof. I'll try a different location next time.

    I've been keeping my scope in the garage so it's always close to outside temperature. Does anyone else do this? Is it recommended?

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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Good to hear that you managed to get some viewing time in
    Keeping the telescope in a spot closer to ambient is a good idea.
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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Howdy, Ted! Long time no see!

    Yeah, most of my scopes are stored in a non-heated area to keep them as near to ambient as possible. Always a plus.

    Looking over a roof, especially in winter, can definitely create "bad seeing" conditions.

    Glad to see you got some scope time in.
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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Thanks Bryan and Gabby,

    My one concern is that the battery is built into the mount for my telescope. It's usually rough on batteries to have them in the cold, especially when it really dips down.

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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Thanks for the report Ted and glad to see that you got some eyepiece time in.
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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Nice views Ted!
    Yes, keeping the scope and accessories in the garage is best. I wish I could talk my wife into leaving the car outside so that I could keep my scopes and stuff in there.
    I have to deal with acclimation each time unfortunately.

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    Default Re: Viewing Report - Sirius, Mars, Moon

    Well done!
    Put your telescope outside before dinner, corrector down. Diagonal removed. You can cover the back-opening with fly-screen. That is the best way to have a well cooled down telescope by the time you drink your coffee.
    Thanks for your report!
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