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Admiral Crispy

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    Astronomy, Sport (mostly tennis and snooker), watching DVDs with the girlfriend, Xbox 360.
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    Bristol, UK
  1. Hi all, as I have received some amazing advice and ideas from the very kind and generous people on these forums I have come here to see if any people may be able to solve a problem I have been encountering for some time? I was wondering if anyone knows any good darker skies around the Bristol area than I would have in my local Kingswood area? I have finished as much of the Messier list as I can but I am really struggling with the more challenging Caldwell and Herschel objects, and believe that some darker skies my definitely help. If anyone has any suggestions I would be incredibly grateful. Many thanks for everyone's guidance and support, Chris
  2. Uranus is definitely impressive, just a shame about its small size. Neptune is always disappointing in my mind. To be honest, I always use the pair of them to challenge how many moons I can find. I spotted Triton recently, and a few days ago I bagged Titania and Oberon. Now that they have been found I've lost a little bit of motivation to view them as they do provide featureless discs. Next challenge, to see Pluto again for a second time.
  3. Yes, the weather is really putting a dampener on observing! I'm lucky to get one session a month in due to the mixture of rain and cloud! Good to hear that you are bagging some of the less obvious to find Messiers in M12, I found that one extremely hard to pin down although visually it is a fairly bright globular when found! In fact, it was harder than M74 in a way, since M74 is at least very close to a bright star in Pisces (and M74 is a tough one). Just wish some of Messier's objects were not hugging the horizon, as the last few are very elusive given the obstructed view I have for my southern horizon.
  4. Keep going with Saturn, you still have a bit of time left. Jupiter is going to be extremely well placed this year, so that would make a superb target for the next few months. In the meantime, now is a great time to start exploring the deep sky and going for the outer planets (Uranus and Neptune) as both are going to reach opposition in either this month or next. Mercury should also be on show soon.
  5. Nice drawings. Transparency is the key with m51. Normally in my mag 4.8 ish skies I can only see two cores, but in very good seeing I can kind of make out the bridge between the two. It always seems fainter than I remember it, which is always a bit odd!
  6. Yes, it is very nice. I even tried it with my o-IIII filter, and it looked even more distinct. The blinking effect is distinct, but I will be honest. And say that using averted vision and the direct vision seems to make a lot of objects in my scope blink, so to speak!
  7. Could it have been the blue snowball in andromeda? I know it's not a star, but at low powers it would look like one! it's how I found it recently. And that was very blue!
  8. If it makes you feel any better, I have never resolved stars in my 5 inch scope. Some granulation at over 130x , but not much more. In my 10 inch dob, I have to get my focus absolutely spot on to see any stars. The focus really is crucial and I find that aspect quite tough, as a tiny tap on the focuser can make all the difference.
  9. I have the set and I have to say I have not regretted buying it. I use it in my Skyliner 250px and the views are significantly better than the MA eyepieces with the scope initially. The 32 mm EP is awesome, and only surpassed in my view by wider angle eyepieces. I like the versatility of the set, especially in terms of EPs. Sure you will use some more than others (I use the 12mm more than the 15mm say), but the option is there, and I do like to use the filters for planetary work, not just because they dim the brightness of them! They have great contrast, and the edge correction is good to about 80% or more of the field of view at f/4.7, in all eyepieces, and much better in others.
  10. good work on Neptune and Uranus. I find that at 100x I can barely make out Neptube is a disk, and with Uranus even lower. I have to say I prefer Uranus, as the colour is more striking. Having said that, I did spot Triton 3 days ago, whereas I haven't really tried moon hunting with Uranus. As for Pluto, I have seen it. The trick is to plan when to look for it. I looked when it was between two fairly prominent stars just west of M25, and I wouldn't say it was easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it did help! To be honest, I'm not too sure why these two don't get more attention, as I find them to be awesome to observe!
  11. Thanks umadog, it was a toughie! When I saw it in the 10", I also looked for similar magnitude stars which formed almost a pair. I saw the top first, then the lower one, which was enough to confirm I had seen it. Later I was able to pinpoint the correct one on Stellarium. I used about 100x magnification, which was just enough to have a good contrasty sky. I think the 10" was probably the smallest scope i could have seen Pluto with, as it was really faint, and I have only been doing this lark for just over a year and a half. Someone with more experience may go lower, just don't know. But I have tried and failed to see it when transparency wan't as good, so that and the scope's aperture are both really important!
  12. I have seen it just on 20 June this year. My sky in Bristol is normally limitng magnitude 4.7 naked eye, but transparency was so good I got to 5.5 this one night. I even saw parts of the Milky way around Cygnus. Anyway, I pointed my 10" Dob at it and I saw it and a few 14.5 magnitude stars, in exactly the position Stellarium showed when I matched everything up. It was pretty boring to look at, but good to brag about! Finally completed the set of original planets!
  13. I found it very hard with my 5 inch reflector, as it is much fainter to detect than I first thought. In my 10 inch Dob it is a breeze with the extra resolution. To be honest you don't need the high magnification, as it will actually be beyond the scope's limits. Choose something more like 100 - 150x and it will be easier!
  14. Sounds like a great night! Enceladus is a tough one as it does stay very close to the planet, just like Mimas. On one exceptionally transparent night I managed Mimas and Hyperion too, but they were also very well placed! With the rings starting to open out the Cassini division and ring shadow is becoming more obvious! It is exciting times!
  15. Just tried some last night, and managed 30 seconds comfortbaly, when the wind wasn't causing trouble! Will try longer subs to really get some detail tonight!
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