Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by scottmm2012, Jun 8, 2018.
Shhhhhhh. Don't tell but I'm looking elsewhere tonight.
Looks like a fun night.
At what do you peer?
Oh man that's nice!
Nice telescope, I hope she doesn't close her shades on ya young fellar(clouds). joe
Very nice. I have been enjoying my scope a bit now before the blood sucking mosquitoes come out!
Nice! Mother in law has a 4 inch telescope.....spent some time in northernMN with a 16 inch scope and no city light pollution....fun stuff!
Started with Jupiter, which was about as elegant as I've ever seen her, then started viewing some globular clusters (my favorite deep sky objects) in Ophiuchus, Hercules, and Coma Bernices. Ended on the Leo Triplet. The atmospheric turbulence wasn't supposed to be that great last night but it was much better than forecast. My wife and I were able to see both bands on Jupiter and the Great Red Spot at 200x magnification, fairly easily.
Yes, lucky for us we live in the middle of one of the largest state forests in PA, some of the best night sky viewing east of the Mississippi.
I want one so bad.
Don't let the Earth see or catch you checking out other planets! You know how fickle and jealous she gets. I recommend sunglasses so she can't see where your eyes are
Very nice ! We had trouble with shake on the wooden deck anytime anyone would move, so we moved to more solid ground down in the yard.
I agree with the "mistress" part . My grandson and I do a lot of sky watching as part of our camping . One of his favorite pre- bed things is to "play planets" , where we draw the Solar System, complete with the asteroid belt. Looking at light pollution maps, found a place last night that is a 1 on the Bortle scale near my old hometown that also has a big cavern we can visit and camp at . Planning a cavern/ skywatching camping trip for the fall that coincides with a new moon .
Holy rings of Saturn - Batman
Do you take any pictures through it? If so post them up. I've got a crappy scope even that is fun on clear Summer nights.
Sounds like fun!
How many planets are in your solar system?
I stick with 9. Pizz on the IAU .
But there is another speculated but as yet unfound planet out there somewhere called Planet 9, so maybe my solar system in the future will have 10 planets .
Yeah, I do too, but I calmly suggest to everyone to stop moving. Unfortunately I live in a valley, the scope is pointing North in the picture so that I can polar align. But everything I view is slightly below zenith and to the south. East and West are covered by spruce trees. I play the hand I'm dealt.
I have done some but reflector telescopes are not that great when it comes to getting great pictures. I cannot take prolonged exposures because the mount is really entry level when it comes to maintaining a solid track of the object so I get a lot of stretching of stars or objects. Maybe some day I can get a rather expensive set up with all the bells and whistles to do some great photographing.
Here's a couple.
The Moon (duh)
Orion Nebula (out of focus) but, meh?
Is her name Cassiopeia?
I have an 8" Schmidt Cassegrain on a tracking mount similar to yours, and a Newtonian on table top Dobsonsonian mount, haven't had either one out lately, need to do that soon.
My son has a telescope and we were looking at the moons around Jupiter the other night. Pretty cool.
Getting that time of year.
Orion's Sword and Belt, M42 Orion Nebula.
Pleiades and Mars conjunction.
Very cool. Thanks.
I thought you had a mistress while bushcraft'n.
Mine's named Debbie. Little Debbie. And sometimes Sarah Lee.
Man at the Georgia Bushcraft gathering there was a guy who had 3 of these super advanced telescopes. He was taking some sweet pictures of galaxies right there out of his campsite/van configuration. I had to step away before I got bit and started getting into it.
That’s a hog to bring along on a camping trip but I bet is a joy to everyone on a clear dark evening. Sure beats a 10x Alpha binocular.
I purchased a refurbished Nikon P900 last year at a good price and that puppy can “look at the moon also”. I made the mistake of taking a picture of a lady golfer about 80 yards out and was so amazed at the picture detail that I showed the close up picture to the War Department showing her grip, color of her fingernail polish and ear ring stud.
My War Department has been suspicious of me ever since and it doesn’t matter how many pictures of various birds and mammals I show her - after the last animal/bird picture she just has to end it with “and what else did you take pictures of?”
Most excellent thread!! We love star gazing but need to learn and see more. Thanks for sharing , gang. Keep it coming, please!
We got an entry level telescope a couple years ago. Mostly just looked at the moon so far, not good at zeroing in on small objects. I will have to get it out soon and take a look around Orion's belt to see what we can see....
Thanks for sharing!!
Latest cropped image of the Leo Triplet. 3 galaxies located in the constellation Leo.
FWIW, these last few were taken with just a DSLR camera, a stock 55-250mm zoom lens and a star tracking mounted to a tripod. I use a "red dot" scope as the view finder attached to the flash hot shoe. Typical set up below. Not mine.
I do like seeing that chart.
It's a good reminder of the earliest maps that mankind made.
M 51 - Whirlpool galaxy. Found in the constellation Ursa Major.
I sure do love this and am pretty sad I will be missing the starry skies for the next few months.
It just doesn't get dark enough anymore.
But you should see the skies here on a crisp clear winternight.
Man.... that is so awe inspiring and humbling.
Astronomy has always been one of my loves. Here is one of my favorite photos of all time, It was from Cassini spacecraft.
Earth under Saturn's rings. Not to hijack your thread, just a great telescopic photo.
Latest work. M8 Lagoon Nebula and M20 Trifid Nebula.
This thread just gave me a good idea for the Young Roughians. Thanks, folks!
We have a guy who comes to the Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering every year with a telescope that's powered by a car battery. He gives really nice astronomy presentations and lets folks look through his telescope. He'll be there again this year. These guys were set and looking at the sun at an event I attended yesterday...
I miss my telescopes! Maybe when I'm not working nights any longer I can start viewing again with my 20X80 Steiner's. I had a 20" obsession Truss tube DOB, a Meade 10" LX200 (Classic) SCT, Orion ST120mm refractor, and a little ST80. I'll definitely be looking for an astronomy club up in our retirement location!
My favorite object to was the M22 cluster. inn my 10" SCT it showed 6 or 7 little shimmering diamonds! In my 20" with a 40MM 2" eyepiece it was simply an awesome view! Saw separation in the arms of Andromeda galaxy for the first time in my 20" Clear definition between 2 of the arms! That was a treat that night!
OH yeah, got to discern the E star in the trapezium in Orion's M42 one night as well!
Both of these views described were before glasses, back when I was more immortal.
My latest, taken from a 100 frame AVI file, stacked with AutoStakkert and processed in GIMP, 97% illum, 2 days out from full...
These are some aweinspiring photos. Please keep them coming!
hahaha!! Hubby and I frequent a local observatory during warmer months... fun!