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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    Wow, just wow.

    Where is that itty little bitty dob?
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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    Now if I just had two of them I could have a fair sized binocular scope!

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    Need a safety belt and harness when climbing up the focuser. You fall off that ladder it's gonna hurt.
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    Basketball legend Shaque Oneil has a 23 shoe size. Mighty be a grab and go for him.
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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    Although my favorite basketball player, if Mr. Oneil reads my last post I might be in trouble. All kidding aside, what will be the minimum refractor aperture for Sombrero's light bulb at a bortle 2 zone? I am hoping 25x100 binoculars, and a 120mm aperture refractor will be sufficient. Thinking about driving to a bortle 2 zone at the end of the month.

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    I see that its on wheels ? to be towed by your car ?
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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    Quote Originally Posted by refractordude View Post
    Although my favorite basketball player, if Mr. Oneil reads my last post I might be in trouble. All kidding aside, what will be the minimum refractor aperture for Sombrero's light bulb at a bortle 2 zone? I am hoping 25x100 binoculars, and a 120mm aperture refractor will be sufficient. Thinking about driving to a bortle 2 zone at the end of the month.
    I had a great view of M104 including the dust lane in my SV ED80 A. It's an easy target.
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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    I also get good views of M104 with my SV80 so your 120mm should do just fine.
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    Default Re: Is This The Telescope I Need For M104/Sombrero's Light Bulb?

    Certainly it shouldn't be a problem with your 120mm scope, and you will see it in your 25x100 binos: but it will be pretty small at that magnification.
    It is around 9'x4', so with the 2.4 degree FOV of the binos it will only be 1/16th of the FOV.

    Make sure you have a look at the nearby "Stargate" asterism while you are at it: 2 nested triangles of stars. This will come up well in the 120 scope: very cool!

    Have fun!

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