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Beginners Forum / Re: When do you mark an object as seen?
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:14:54 AM »
From Pensack post #36:I discovered that I really didn't care about my previous observations. I only wanted to know if I'd seen it before and whether it was interesting enough to revisit.

Don gets to the root of it. What works best for the individual. In my early working career I would attend a meeting, and like most people, would spend most of the time with my head buried in my legal pad writing several pages of notes (legal pad...remember those). At some point I realized this method did not work for me. I put the pen down and started looking in the eyes of the person talking and also scanning the room to see other peoples reactions. At the end of the meeting I might only have one note that was a To-Do item or an item that needed further investigation (sounds just like "interesting enough to revisit"). The added bonus was I got to understand the players much better.

In the end my log is checked with seen and the date of my first observation (these never change). The notes are very brief (e.g., a feature that helps me correctly identify, something very interesting, well worth revisiting time and again). This method works for me.

Maybe it's just me, but the only place I really like a zoom EP is for solar. With hydrogen alpha the tuning can be critical and I find that the ability to adjust things on the fly is a huge convenience. I still do use regular EPs but the zoom is my prefered eyepiece. I have a Baader Mk. IV and a Celestron spotting scope zoom I use.


Light Pollution Topics / Re: Which number on the scale best correlates with
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:32:18 AM »

I located Capella at about exactly where you described it, so it definitely wasn't the one I was referring to. It's not a standout star like Capella or Betelgeuse at all, it's actually hard to see (from here anyway) but it's got this beautiful yellow color to it. I can see several reddish stars but this is the only yellow one. Wish I had a more unobstructed view here and could see more constellations and unfortunately I have a piece of garbage chromebook which won't let me download stellarium.

ATM, Optics and DIY Forum / Re: DIY goto mount advice needed
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:53:49 PM »
You ought to be able to use a sitech servo scope controller as a direct replacement for that controller.

That's an interesting possibility. thanks!

ATM, Optics and DIY Forum / Re: Foucault tester question
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:32:52 PM »
you can use it anyway, just with the understanding. ronchiscreens is very clean but I still use a 100dpi grating that I printed with the postscript program that's somewhere on the net.only oneprinter in my office can handle the postscript. we have a lot of high end canon printers.

here's the postscript with a 60x microscopehere's 133lpibut I still use the ps file print for some stupid reason

A 4" or smaller telescope can't tell the difference between primo or average eyepieces.
It just can't see enough details.

Alternative fact?


Beginners Forum / Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« on: February 02, 2018, 08:44:08 PM »
I used to have a 90 mak on an alt az mount worked well for me , but now as I travel by car to most dark sites I use my 5 inch SCT on a GO TO mount , nice and compact and works better than the 90 mak

<p class="citation">QuoteBefore I logged onto this website today, I check yahoo briefly to get an update on world news. I saw this article. It basically talks about Russia planning to launch a satellite that will be magnitude -3.0 or something like that, and it's going to be orbiting around the earth. Its supposed to be very bright.[/quote]

The ISS is brighter, when the Shuttle was still in service and docked to the ISS it was even brighter,
and Iridium satellites can reach mag. -8, so....what's new?

Just wait until the Death Star is finished....

Mounts Questions & Expirience / Re: Avalon's New Mount: The M Tre
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:32:15 PM »
Yes, it looks like a monster M Zero. Did it come with the mini PC on board? And what scope(s) are you going to load on it?


General Astronomy & Observing / Re: Footwear for Winter Observing
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:10:05 PM »
Look at the Kamik line. Nice grippy soles, goretex outer, wool liner, slip on with Velcro straps and cheaper than the Sorels. I love mine, very flexible and lightweight and slip on and off easily. Adaptable to heated socks as well.

Beginners Forum / Re: ETX-125: Please help me learn, from setup to stars...
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:11:47 PM »
Two new questions.
Done a little reading, but can we get less technical and more basic, to-the-point explanations?

Focus masks? (the thing w/ the diagonal lines)
What are they? What's the pros/ cons? Do I need/ want one?

Eyepiece filters- What's the benefits? Are they for visual, photos, or both?
Which ones would be the most useful for me?

I have a 1.25 13%moon filter, since a few weeks ago, I went 'blind' looking at the full moon un-aided and also just ordered a full-size Thousand Oaks glass solar filter so I don't actually go permanently blind. (do they made little solar ones for the finder scope?).

Thanks again guys, you are the best....

I honestly find it difficult to believe that a Chinese mount would operate well for imaging at close to its maximum payload and at a 1300mm focal length.. the owner below seems to confirm that..


I have successfully imaged with an AZ-EQ6 loaded up to 18 kg, and a 1,3 meters long apo. But it is really not even close to ideal. You don't even need light winds to ruin an exposure.

Agreed. I had 15kg on my AZ/EQ-G and any wind beyond 5 mph was death to exposures. You could watch the wild swings on PHD2 immediately after each gust.

Reflectors Telescopes Forum / Re: Perfect size and speed
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:14:46 AM »
The very perfect telescope:


I kinda miss my old 24 &amp; 30mm nonwaterproof ES 82s.....they made great bases for tabletop dobs (actually, the 24mm was quite an excellent ocular).

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