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  1. I looked for ti the other night but it was overtaken by clouds. Great shot!
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    Yes it does help! Thank you!
  3. There's something about Floyd and the stars. They do go well together don't they? I understand you completely about knowing it is a planet and that alone sending electricity down your spine. I remember spotting mercury for the first time and showing the little "dot" to my husband. I was so proud of myself getting up so early in the morning to see it "just right". My husband just looked at me and said, "You woke up early for that?" Oh well,... to each their own passions. But yes Nexus,... I definitely know the feeling!
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    I started out with "Turn Left at Orion" as well and Stellarium is a wonderful program. I'm new on Stargazers lounge myself. I have been able to blog but don't seem to have understood how to start my own notice like this one.
  5. Uranus is somewhat of a "little more than a speck in the sky" for me with my Dob but seeking and finding it is quite easy these days. Thanks for the reminder and the picture. Isabelle
  6. I have exactly the same dob at home. Yes it's a 10" Sky - Watcher and I love it! Now,.. you really need an astro chair to go with it. It'll save your back on those long nights! This is me in -30 Celsius. It's rather cold and there have been many instances of frostbite but,... it was all worth it! Isabelle
  7. I have this software myself and use it often to prepare for a night outside. I usually plan my viewing locations with it first and then head outside. Once away from my computer I always bring my Ipod with me that includes the starmap pro. This can be downloaded through Itunes and can also be used on an Iphone if you have one. It is rather small but suits my purposes in uncovering secluded Messiers. This is the starmap pro: I strongly recommend it but Stellarium is definitely the first stop to any night of observing! Wishing you clear skies, Isabelle
  8. I will be posting blogs as a journal to what I see in the future and thank you for reading. Like you, the weather has turned on me this last entry and the clouds are relentless. I will wait and the skies will be clear soon (I can only hope). Clear skies, the backyard astronomers endless wish right? Isabelle
  9. Hi Todd! Congratulations on your 12"dob. I have a 10" myself and have seen so much. Filters? I have always been told that many are not worth the price people pay. I myself have never used one. I'd like to know if you do see a difference though. Isabelle
  10. I have been teaching in the north for over ten years now. Ever since I have arrived to this remote community, I have looked upon the heavens with a greater respect and admiration! You see, being far from cities has its inconveniences but grants me a remarkable view of the night sky! I have experimented with two different telescopes in the past but none like the one my husband gave me on my 37th birthday. These entries serve me as a way to keep a written account of what I see in the night sky and to share with those of you (who are a just a wee bit curious) what I see when the conditions are right. Please, I cannot repeat this enough,.. what I view does not resemble IN ANY WAY the pictures you have seen on the Internet or in any National Geographic Magazine. With a telescope such as mine, it is never what you see that takes precedence but what you know about it! Of course I am mesmerized by what I discover in my eyepiece but,... it's more than just seeing right? Thursday, December 23rd / 2010 Alright, this is not the usual post to be seen this close to the Holiday season but if all truth be known, I had set out to find the Christmas Tree Cluster / Cone Nebula. See even astronomers have the Christmas spirit! This being said, finding this cluster proved to be difficult since it was still low to the horizon and my rooftop stood in the way. The constellation of Orion on the other hand was ripe for discovery and my eyepiece set on the Orion Nebula. M42 is a special target for me since it was the first deep-sky object I saw many years ago with my first telescope. However, tonight, I was able to do something I had wanted to do for such a long time which was to capture it on camera! I was told by many that I couldn't do it. That my point and shoot camera would never capture it's weak light but I beg to differ: Jupiter was close to setting so it's proximity to the horizon made it difficult to see with any clarity. Our natural satellite on the other hand, being a Waning Gibbous Moon, stood high in the sky, ready for photographs. So, of course, I couldn't say no.: Unfortunately, my telescope had fallen victim to some condensation issues and the fog soon turned to ice crystals that burned to the touch. Humidity won out and I shielded my fingers from exposure to the humid cold. Just a touch to my telescope and I would certainly feel it. Why on earth would I touch THAT with my bare hands? You see, when dealing with small parts such as lenses (that if dropped cracks), using bare hands just works better. No wonder I often suffer from frostbite!
  11. stolenfeather

    December 2010

    These are some pictures I took during December 2010
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