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Ccolvin968

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  1. If you put the binoculars on a tripod, you'll get a more stable image. Good luck with your decision.
  2. Mine is Orion as well. It was the first constellation I could pick out as a kid. It has a cool shape, and it's easy to find targets in or around Orion. Taurus and M45 are easy to find from there also.
  3. I can't get this imaging bug to go away. I already have a good camera, intervalometer, and basic camera equipment. What can I get scope wise? Tracking mount wise? I'm interested in getting the most quality and bang for my buck. Is it possible on this budget or should I invest it into my visual observing scopes and equipment? Aren't there tracking mounts for cameras only?? How do these work? Anybody have examples? Thanks for any help!
  4. I would never call bins "just a backup..." In my opinion, they are a great addition to your observing equipment. I have a 10" dob, a 5" reflector, and two sets of bins. Bins are great for quick in and out sessions when you don't feel like setting up a scope. Also super portable for vacations or work trips if you're like me and can't leave this hobby at home. I used bins long before I bought a scope. I had no issues. Just as long as you understand how to use them and their limitations you won't be disappointed. Clear skies!
  5. Yep! Sure sounds like you found it. It looks like an elongated blob or fuzzy smudge with a brighter core. You were looking at the center of another galaxy! Pretty awesome huh?!
  6. Great report! Gotta love the grab and go scopes!
  7. Dang... Just beyond the limiting mag of my scope at 14.7...
  8. I'm wondering the same exact thing. I don't know to be honest. Still worth a look in my opinion.
  9. Very good start! A lot of m31 images you see are hundreds or thousands of images with long exposures to bring out detail. Keep up the good work!
  10. Nice first shots! I'll be experimenting with a similar kit like you have. I need to invest in a tracking mount though. That'll make everything so much easier.
  11. http://www.iflscience.com/scientists-spot-visible-light-coming-black-hole-first-time Link to prove that I'm not full of it. Of course it's not the singularity itself producing the light, but the X-rays from the inner layer heat the outer layer of the material being swallowed creating flashes of visible light from seconds! Get your scopes on it now! The article says that the flashes of light should be visible with an 8" or bigger scope. The star in the black hole binary is V404 Cygni. Happy hunting and clear skies!
  12. Very cool shot in my opinion! After seeing this and everyone else's widefield shots, I think I need a tracking mount!!
  13. I have mobile observatory on my android phone, and Sky Safari Pro on my iPad, but is also an android app. They're both great!
  14. Aside from my fun little experiment with the smartphone adaptor for binoculars and telescopes, I'm very interested in starting to build up my equipment for "real deal" astrophotography. I have two DSLR's. One is a Canon 5D MKII. It is currently inop and has to be sent in for repairs or replacement. I'm glad I had a 50D as a backup camera. I'm very familiar with cameras, their operation, and technical terms. I'm wondering if the 50D would be acceptable as an astrophotography camera. If so, then I need a good beginners mount, and a good beginner astrophototography scope. I've been in the visual astronomy field for three years with a scope, and since a kid with naked eye observing and binoculars. What should i expect my initial investment to look like money spent wise? So... Summed up... I need a good mount and tripod, and a scope since a 10" dob won't be able to accomplish much, a scope. I'm open to all suggestions.
  15. Congrats on M42! I saw it for the first time last Friday night with my 10" Dob as well. If you think it was stunning g now, just wait until you have really good conditions!
  16. Needless to say, I'm jealous. I also don't have a 12" scope with a super short focal length for astrophotography... Make that double jealous!
  17. Here's the link to the article: http://www.iflscience.com/space/nearby-galaxy-discovered-backyard-telescope The previously undiscovered galaxy was discovered by NGC 253 when an astrophotographer was taking pictures of it. He noticed something wasn't quite right. The galaxy has been confirmed to exist by the Chilean 8.2m telescope. It has been named NGC 253-dw2. This just goes to show that this is one of few hobbies that amateurs can still contribute a good amount to science. Hope you enjoy the article!
  18. Great report with an awesome side story! Wishing you the best in the coming year and beyond. Clear skies!
  19. Glad you're enjoying your bins! I have a 10X42 pair and a 10X50 pair. Both are Bushnell. They make great optics if you're on a budget. I love mine, that's for sure. You won't see much detail in Venus. But you might be able to see a couple of Jupiter's moons depending on their positions. Clear skies!
  20. I use a program called SkySafari Pro on my iPad. HUGE amounts of objects, and you can pick the objects you want to view, add them to the list, input your seeing and transparency conditions, and if you'd like, jot down notes. The night mode is great. Super dim and red and black with shades of red only. I've never had any issues. It is $20-$30 USD. Expensive for an app, but worth it in my opinion.
  21. I'm hoping it gets clear again before she zooms off and starts to fade dramatically. I saw Catalina through 10x42's last Saturday morning through my upstairs window. It was a small fuzzy ball in bins, and same thing last night. I REALLY want to get my 10" dob on it, but with highs in the 2-5 F range, it might be very prohibitive. I might just have to be happy with the binocular view. Great shots for sure! I love the last one you took. Beautiful shot!
  22. Drb, the pics below were taken through 10x50 binoculars, with my CELL PHONE through my upstairs window, with a street light right across from me. This is M45 (Orion Nebula). I know it's far from spectacular, but I'm one of those people who like to push the limits. This is not meant to be a replacement for actual AP, but rather an experiment and how far can I go while getting interesting results. :-)
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