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  1. This is something I agree with keeping in mind. I think I mostly observe as follows... ST120 60x to 100x VX14 106x to 184x The magnifications are chosen for being good in most seeing conditions, good on many targets, and mean it's relatively easy to track targets.
  2. Great report, I've plagiarised a couple of objects for my target list.
  3. I often observe the moon with my dobsonian even though it's not what they are normally expected to be used for. I get some great views, with far more detail that any of my other scopes show.
  4. Great sketches. Noting what the craters were will be beneficial in the future. I sometimes get tied in knots trying to work out what I was looking at on the moon. Sometimes I have to check out the sketches or even sneak into the imaging section to find a picture to help work it out.
  5. Nice report. I set up for an expected break in the clouds tonight but none came!
  6. It's hard to tell which bit of the moon's leading limb is in the photo as it is bleached out but here's what was going on at that moment going down to magnitude 10.5. This is mirror reversed which I am guessing your image is.
  7. Here's a Baader zoom in my travel scope set up. With the 2.5x Barlow it also covers 9.6mm-3.2mm.
  8. I've never tried a Nagler zoom but I can see how it would be a good prospect. I have had a lot of good times with my Mk IV zoom and the ability to tune in to the ideal magnification is a big benefit. I have high power Delos and SLVs which are better quality but the zoom gets the most action.
  9. If I were to buy another torch I would get one that only shines in red light. The torch I use cycles between red and white (and blue!). Sometimes I press the button too many times and blind myself with white light.
  10. I noticed a clear sky when I got home and decided to go for it. I stuck the ST120 out on the Porta2 to cool for 20 minutes then had a look at the moon in daylight (6pm) with a yellow filter to reduce CA and blue sky scatter. I went for the 6mm Delos and 100x which turned out to be a good choice. Aristoteles and Eudoxus were lit around the rim with dark crater floors, but I ended up focussing on the trailing wall of Alexander which was just being clipped by the sunlight and showing a number of jagged and seemingly separate lumps that will slowly merge as the sun rises. The light flying past the south crater wall was just skimming some features on the south side of Calippus highlighting a handful of softer hilltops compared to the sharp lines of the Alexander crater wall. Wind was ok, I only had light tube currents and light heat movement from house rooftops so the views were good. I was observing for maybe 10 minutes and then had to pack up and go back to real life duties, but it was good to get out.
  11. This is a difficult area. I've bought loads second hand and have never had a problem of any description on SGL, but that doesn't mean that problems are not possible. For more expensive items I talk to the buyer and if they know what they are talking about then I'm happy. I've had only one thing arrive not as described (on ABS) but that was cosmetic issues not functional issues. I think you can become familiar with others online through the forum and end up happy to (up to a point) trust someone you have never met, but I don't think this is naive as I don't think anyone dodgy is going to have a history of for example posting insightful observing reports etc.
  12. I don't have a strong preference for where NV should be put although keeping it mainstream I probably slightly prefer. But whatever the case I hope NVers keep posting their exploits. The NV posts I read are on the one hand kind of unreal and hard to relate to, but on the other hand are very interesting and bring a new dimension.
  13. That does look very professional, I've downloaded and will have a read.
  14. Here's a couple of maps to add. I've got rather a lot so I'll start with the older ones. These two maps I have because they are the ones Robert Burnham referred to in his Celestial Handbooks, which are still my favourite astronomy books. The first is the 16th edition Norton's Star Atlas (1973). The actual maps are nowhere near as good as modern maps are but the written bits of the book are first class and much of the content is still very useful today especially for visual observers. Both are epoch 1950.0. The second one is the Antonin Becvar's Atlas of the Heavens (published in 1962 but I think the map was first drawn long before then). Thus took me quite a while to find, eventually I found one from a seller in the US. This is a big atlas and very pretty to look at, it's not one for taking out in the field!
  15. I have found this to be the case and have rediscovered this a few times on different types of object. I spent weeks looking for Andromeda with no luck, one day I finally saw it and finally clocked what it looked like. I've never missed it since. I then had the same with M1, I had found the spot and just couldn't see it. After a lot of head scratching I clocked that and ever since it's been easy to see (I think my brain was expecting something smaller and brighter like M57). Being able to see peanuts and bars when double star observing was also an acquired skill, and the list goes on.
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