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  1. Thank you, Viv. I really thought I was going to get clouded out on the second (key) night so I went out the night before. I think the two nights worked out to show the movement. On the second image the stars are a little dimmer due to the thin cloud haze. I'm not complaining! Bill
  2. I can't believe I'm just posting these, but better late than never!! On April 2, the sky was clear. The next night, at sunset, clouds were everywhere. I set up the scope anyway and started shooting through the succer holes. Thank goodness I didn't give up, I've been waiting to record this event for a long time. The only processing on these was to get rid of the pesky lens flare of Venus. Otherwise the images are 30 second single shots. Bill G. 04/02/12 Orion Short Tube 80, Sony DSC F-707. 40mmEP afocal. 04/03/12 Through thin cloud cover.
  3. Beautiful image, Mike!! I planned a lot to see this but was clouded out! Bill in Massachusetts, USA
  4. Welcome Pichai! The Moon and Jupiter together has warmed many a heart! Here is an image from early January, when the two warmed mine. Wishing you many conjunctions to come! Bill in Massachusetts, USA
  5. Astronomy magazine's comet section (usually P. 42) has been terribly inaccurate the past few issues. It's still saying Levy will be something worth watching! Not true!!! However, put your hopes on the much brighter Comet Garradd which will soon pass the globular cluster M92 in Hercules around and before and after Feb. 3. This snowball is around 7th magnitude. Bill - Massachusetts, USA Each date/time mark = 0400hrs Eastern Standard Time. USA
  6. I imaged the field it was supposed to be in on the 26th, only to find absolutely nothing! I saw the Skyhound post after this and realized there was nothing to be found. I'm putting it in the "disintegrated" list with Elenin until further revelation. Bill
  7. When I was about 10 years old, my older brother had the necessity to work on his always ailing car at night, due to his getting home late from his job. I would hold the flashlight for him while he tinkered under the hood. He would get a little angry at me because I couldn't seem to hold light right on the spot he wanted. Of course, I did have the light pointed into the engine, but my eyes were aimed upward toward bits of beauty like the Pleiades! This is a beautiful cluster in ANY size binoculars mounted on a tripod. Again, when I was ten, everyone told me it was the "Little Dipper." Understandably, due to its miniture dipper shape. Bill - 11/25/11 Sony Digital Snapshot Camera F-707, afocal through an Orion SVP refractor equipped with a 40mm EP. 30 second exposure. 25x magnification, 1 degree 44' field. mirror image.
  8. I really love the mystery of comets! Back in 1996 I could only capture the bright ones. If I needed a scope, or a longer exposure than 15 seconds, forget it! Here's Hyakutake over Seagrave Observatory in N. Scituate Rhode Island, USA, when it zoomed through Ursa Minor. I'm hoping 2012 is even better for comet viewers than 2011, which, I have to admit, wasn't bad at all! Bill - 11/24/11
  9. Ah, I found a slide of Hale-Bopp taken from my old, very light polluted neighborhood. I wasn't imaging through a scope back then (digital cameras changed that!). This too was a great comet. The view through a small scope looked like an 1800's detail drawing! Quite amazing! Bill Camera on small tripod. 15s exposure. f/2.0. Minolta SRT 101.
  10. Here's an image of Comet Holmes with a point and shoot camera. This snowball was right out of science fiction and changed detail every night!! Yes, Garradd is still bright in Hercules. Easily seen in a scope and binoculars. Try to see it before it gets too low in the west. It will be moving to the morning sky. Bill Afocal image through Orion 120mm refractor at 25x magnification. Sorry for the size; it wouldn't reduce!
  11. Hey, Michael! I'm getting excited about this one! I've ripped the 10" DOB from its mount to attach a dovetail on it so it will hook up to the EQG mount. Weight may be an issue. I'll get it to work, though. My plan is to burn the candle at both ends this weekend: T1 in the evening and back to SN 2011fe in the wee hours of the morning! Bill - 11/23/11
  12. I'm going for T1 Levy soon, now that the Moon is out of the way. The last time I checked it was around magnitude 9.6 (quote=comp. program). It may be difficult, being at the zenith. I may have to put on my 'never used' mount extender. Its been cloudy for nights on end here in New England with sporadic clearing at inopportune times. The week- end promises some hope. I haven't found any other posts on this yet, just hooked on to the first one I spotted. Bill- 11/22/11
  13. Welcome Solo05, You have made good choices in your binoculars! I always recommend learning the sky with binoculars before getting a telescope. Even after you get a scope, you will find your lesser binocs of great use in making an initial location spot of your intended telescopic targets. Your 20x90's are a perfect small stereoscopic instrument for star clusters, planetary conjunctions and many other objects! The best of these being comets and their tails, when our sky is graced with such specticals. Please take the time to learn the heavens with star maps as well as your app. You will not regret it as you follow this exciting hobby through the years. Worries about the asteroid 2005 YU55? Yes, I was afraid I would mess up imaging it! Got it, though! I'm very happy! Happy observing to you! Bill
  14. Thought that I failed finding the Supernova last night after an hour plus of searching in the light of the 86% illuminated Moon. I checked my search camera images before discarding them and found six images of the M101 field. Go-To is starting to look really nice to me! I'm giving the target a 13.2 magnitude. I had to keep the cam exposure down due to overexposure of the bright background sky. Please don't strain your eyes too much on the image! This was all invisible to the eye without the camera. I'm waiting for Luna to pull back before the next observation! Bill 11/06/2011, 1935hrs EST The SN is the lower left star in the triangle of stars below, with the smudge of M101 barely visible to the left with its nearby 13.6 star, at 11:00 from the galaxy center. Sony DSC F-707, 25s, ISO400. Afocal, Antares 152mm refractor.
  15. Wow, real nice!!!! Good luck with that RC! B.
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