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Everything posted by Ccolvin968

  1. I'll be posting some attempts with my Z10. It's great to see a fellow Zhumell user on here! Clear skies!
  2. Thanks guys! I tried M31 earilier. I'll get postable results if I'm outside I bet. Im gonna have fun with this little new thing. Haha!
  3. Don't feel bad about the Crab Nebula. I tried for it on the night of the first and failed with a 10 inch Dobsonian (250mm) scope. Lp is bad in that area of sky anyway. I'll give it another go once it warms up above 5 degrees F. Congrats on entering this expensive hobby. It's amazing, rewarding, and like you said... EXPENSIVE. Something cool for you to reflect on.... When you found M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) and you saw that faint gray smudge in your scope... The light you were looking at took 2.5 MILLION years to travel across the cosmos, only to end its journey on your eye for you to see and enjoy. I think about things like this as I'm observing all the time. It adds a little something to the hunt and observing for me. Clear skies!
  4. So needless to say, this image will be laughable to others images on this page. I bought a Carson IS 100 smartphone adaptor... Yep... You read that right. It was advertised as compatable with spotting scopes, binoculars, and believe it or not... Telescopes. I had to try it out. I wasn't expecting much at all. I threw my 10x50 Bins on a tripod and attached this baby. Pointed it towards M42, turned phones camera onto RAW setting, ISO 800 and 1600, 2 second exposures each, and fired away. I was shocked at this. Obviously not high brow top quality stuff. This will be fun to experiment with for a while and get others addicted to astronomy with me. Without further ado, here are a couple images...
  5. Lovely shot! I want that Christmas present!! :-)
  6. Gemini, I'm in the same boat as you. I like an all in one view, but the scanning of the sky will happen either way. It's all just preference.
  7. I just bought a Carson universal smartphone adaptor on a whim today. It seems like a pretty cool device. It's advertised for binoculars, spotting scopes, and believe it or not... Telescopes. It obviously won't be as high quality images as some of the ones here, but I am the curious type and want to test it. I'm not expecting DSO's. Maybe some planet imaging, moon would be easy, and possibly push the limits with the Orion Nebula, and the Pleiades. I have an app on my phone that lets you control the camera just like a manual DSLR. The adaptor has great reviews all around. The lowest rating I've found was 3/5 stars with only 3 reviews. The others were all 4/5 stars with 10+ reviews. As soon as it gets clear again, I'll take some test shots and post the results. Clear skies!
  8. Next time it's clear out here I'll give M37 a shot. Sounds like you had a blast! Really good report!
  9. Awesome report! I just got out for my first time Friday night in over two months. Lit was great! Glad to see you got to get out also. Happy new year indeed!
  10. I'm not sure about 10x50's. My 10x42's have an FOV of 5.6 degrees. I'm I just picked up a pair of 10x50's just to try them out. The package lists FOV in meters @ 1000m. Not very helpful in astronomy. I'm sure someone here will have a rough estimate for you though.
  11. Got eyes on tonight through my window. It was very faint and fuzzy. Mo tail. I blame it on the street light, neon blue Christmas lights on the neighbors house, and looking through 10x42 binocs through glass windows. I'm just glad I can say I saw it. With that being said, I'm falling asleep as I type this. Clear skies!
  12. Tonight was the first night in over a two months that I got out with my Z10 dob. I was on a work trip, and just before and after the weather was absolute trash. It was cold out there. 17 degrees F (-8.3 C), but I managed a two hour session out there. It would have been longer, but I need better socks... Even though they layered them up, I had on summer weight boots. Dumb me... I started out re centering my finderscope after a nasty knock broke the plastic screw. I replaced it with a stainless steel screw. Wont win a beauty contest, but it is functional. After I got that fixed up, I saw that Albireo was still visible. It was a beautiful yellow blue combo as always. I then went over to M45 for the first time in my big scope. I couldn't believe how many more stars were visible compared to my 5" scope. I had no rhyme or reason to my observing tonight. I was just thrilled to have my scope out again, and to be trying out my 10x42 binos on a DIY tripod mount that worked like a charm. I then went over to M31 and spent some time there. I haven't had such cold air and no wind. It was really cool. Even with the moderate LP in my area, I could see quite a bit more than usual. The snow on the ground does me no favors by reflecting all of the light from the city up higher. Normally my Southern Horizon is washed out about 15 degrees and below. Tonight it was washed out almost all the way to 35-40 degrees. Very sad because I was going to try to find Uranus. No such luck. Finally, I was able to get M42 in the binoculars before the scope. My house blocks the view of the eastern horizon and Orion was a little shy coming over the top tonight. Tonight was my first time viewing the Orion Nebula. I was shocked even in binoculars how obvious it was that there was a nebula there. I could only see the main body of the nebula right around the Trapezium, but obviously not the Trapezium itself through 10x42's. After what felt like an eternity of a wait, I was finally able to get the 10"dob on it. I was so surprised about how beautiful it was through my 32mm ep (39x magnification) I could see the main part of the body of the nebula then the long strand that runs to the North of the nebula, and likewise to the South. A, B, C, and D were barely separated at 39x. A and B were so close together that they were flickering back and forth of being one star and two. Then with my 14mm ep (89x Magnification) A, B, C, and D, were all split very nicely. The Trapezium was clearly there. There was no difference with my 8.8mm ep (142x magnification) other than slightly more separation. I was totally satisfied with my observing night after that. I plan on trying to wake up in a few hours to see if I can find Catalina. After I barely saw ISON before it exploded into a bunch of little pieces, I'd love to see a brighter comet. I tried for IC434, but the LP in my area is too bad I think. I also tried to observe Gamma Cassiopeiae and IC 59 and IC 63. No luck with the nebulas. All in all, it was a great night, and a great way to kick off my new year of observing. Clear skies!
  13. Don't feel bad egris. I'm crossing my fingers for tonight.
  14. Thanks BinocularSky! I figured out a way to mount them to my tripod for stability last night. Hopefully it stays clear so I can actually try them out!
  15. It was a bust at 4:00am due clouds. Bummer. Soon though, soon...
  16. I'm going to try through bins tonight. As of right now the cloud cover looks like it will get the best (worst?) of the situation. I'll still try to give it a look anyways.
  17. How in focus is the moon? Are you seating the eyepieces correctly both times? (Ie all the way into the scope.) Are you using a Barlow lens? Also, I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, but are you positive it's Jupiter? With your 25mm ep, you're only getting about 25x magnification. With the 12.5mm you're getting 56x. You should see a bright dot with 3-4 dots in line with it. Those are jupiters moons. If you have the Barlow that is supposed to come with the kit, throw that in there and try the 25mm first. Then the 12.5. If it the 3x Barlow, you're going to get 168x magnification from the 12.5mm and 84x magnification with the 25. Give these a try and report back. It could be that the conditions aren't very good for observing. I'm also not familiar with your scope, but maybe others are that can speak to the build quality and quality of the instrument? Best of luck!
  18. I'll have to give it a shot for sure. I have a very narrow window now it looks like. We'll see how lucky I get. Thank you for the info!
  19. Very cool! What were your settings? I think I might try my hand at her in a bit. 20 hours to go before I can!
  20. My vote is M45 as well. I don't know why it would look fuzzy though. High level clouds possibly. Otherwise, it could be your eyesight?
  21. I'd say the same thing as the person above. Getting into astrophotography is crazy expensive at first. I have a 5" reflector telescope that is pretty easy to cart around to dark sky sites. My 10" Dobsonian telescope is my personal beast, (it's tiny compared to some of the others Dobsonian telescopes on this site that measure 26" diameter.) I only cart that somewhere where I know I'll be for a couple days and the conditions will be good. I'm jealous of your desert and mountains. I live up in Minnesota where it's almost always humid. If you plan on driving out to the desert or mountains a lot and hiking to get to your spot, a small 3-4 inch scope would work well. If you'll be home or more local use, again I'll echo the post above me. You can get a good 6-8" Dobsonian scope that you'll enjoy. You'll be able to see the moon, planets, binary stars, open clusters, some galaxies and nebula as well. You won't see Hubble style images like the ones in magazines. I always like to say that keeping your expectations in check is a huge part of not becoming disappointed in this hobby. For example, a good 5" scope will show you Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons. You will be able to see the different bands, some color possibly, and it's moons will look like non shimmering stars. Saturn you'd be able to see the rings, possibly the Cassini division. Venus you can see the different phases it goes through like the moon, Mars is a little red dot most of the time. I haven't seen Uranus or Neptune through a 5" scope personally, but it's very possible. Pluto is very elusive even to my 10" scope. It takes nights of observing to confirm you're looking at the right thing. Open clusters are always cool and you will be able to see plenty of those. Globular clusters are faint fuzzies in most cases, but there are a few exceptions. Galaxies and nebula are difficult objects. You need no moon out, or a very small crescent moon for good observations. These vary wildly in difficulty, but the Orion Nebula is a popular target in smaller scopes. Same thing with the Andromeda Galaxy. Andromeda is very faint on most nights due to light pollution in my area. Your desert conditions should help with that. Hope all of this helps. It's long. Hope to see you around the forums! Welcome aboard!
  22. Thats a really good point. I've never looked at it that way. I think I get a 5.7 or a 6 degree for through these.
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