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  1. Okay. I think I comprehend that. I have heard of focal reducers and extenders but wasn't sure what they did
  2. On that note, the eyepiece in question that I was wanting to get the 2" barlow for is the Orion DeepView 35mm. It has an AFOV of 56 degrees, f-stop of 37mm. My 1.25" Plossls that I barlow all the time aren't much different.. AFOV of 52 degrees... So given that, would you still recommend something different than a 2" barlow?
  3. Although the cloudy skies are heck with us stargazers, I cannot wait to feel the rains of England for myself. My family ancestors left Portsmouth in 1644 bound for the colonies. (Yes, that's right, my family are nothing more than a bunch of rabble-rousing colonials! Lol!) I've always wanted to go see the UK. Back to the roots so to speak. I grew up with bangers and mash, bubble and squeak, beef wellington, roast duck and Christmas pudding, spotted [removed word], all that good stuff!
  4. Well thank you for the compliment as well as everyone else, too!
  5. It's really quite funny to me, all the articles I've read on Sky & Telescope and One Minute Astronomer and the like. You always read phrases about M31 or M1 describing them as "unimpressive" in a telescope. Well they're all pretty impressive to me!!!
  6. I didn't really get into deep sky observations until a couple of years ago. I was always looking at Luna and the planets and was fascinated by them, you know. My dad and I always went out and looked together and it made it fun. I got into DSO's after I decided to try a little experiment. I pointed my scope in the direction of M42, and I was hooked from that moment on!!! Seeing that green tinted wisp with 4 bright stars in the middle of it just left me almost in a state of shock.
  7. No sketches tonight as it was partly cloudy. I wasn't able to get but a few minutes of viewing time between cloud bands. So, due to observing limitations, I decided to take my lovely wife, Carolyn, on a little celestial tour. The seeing was actually almost perfect! Very dark. Very crisp stars. No twinkle that I could notice. However the transparency was not so great. Cloud-ish and hazy with a few puffballs that would float past occasionally. I used all 3 Plossl eyepieces tonight just to kind of play around with some limitations since I wouldn't be able to make long observations. We started the night off with M13 in Hercules. Though it was hazy you could still get some decent detail at 165x with the 10mm Plossl. As advised yesterday by Mr. Spock, I went ahead and took a look at M92 in Hercules as well! Much smaller core it appeared than M13 and not as many stars it seemed, but still just as magnificent! (I'm not so sure the Mrs. is in agreement with the magnificent part. Lol. She's not near as fascinated by this stuff as I am. Lol. ) Next clearing of the heavens we had, I pointed the scope towards Lyra to take a, what turned out to be brief, look at M57. Always an impressive sight and even the wife agrees on that one. Said it looked like a smoke ring in space! (On a side note, although viewing conditions were not ideal I was able to make out a somewhat green tint to the Ring Nebulae.) Our next stop along the way was M44 in Cancer. And then an old friend of mine, Jupiter! (Besides, to the Mrs., the planets are more of the bees knees than a bunch of "smudges" among the stars. Lol. ) Jupiter looked incredible. Though because of the haze it had a bit of a halo, the northern and southern hemisphere cloud bands could easily be seen, along with the great red spot almost out of view in the southern cloud band. Then off to her favorite, Saturn! Again, magnificent view! That one always makes her smile!! Despite the hazy conditions, I could still make out the Cassini Division and a dark band across the equator, which I assume was the shadow of the rings. After peering at the ringed giant, cloud cover became too dense to continue any meaningful observations, so her and I called it a night. This was around 0300hrs UTC.
  8. That would be a sight to see, indeed! A little too hazy last night for galaxies. The bright ones I could see. I took a brief look at M84 and M86 and the eyes (and what a sight they are all clustered up in the same FOV!!) But the dimmer ones were indistinguishable in the haze.
  9. 22.2 Kilolightyears. 22,2020 AD! Lol
  10. Interesting wiki. I was unaware that the Aricebo Observatory sent a message there
  11. Believe it or not, tonight was my first ever look at the Great Hercules Cluster and I must say what an awe-inspiring sight that is! I would have to chalk that one up as my new favorite. Absolutely magnificent! I used my Orion SkyQuest XX14i 20mm Sirius Plossl at 82.5x Location is Lyons, KS USA Seeing was okay Transparency okay At 0746 UTC the sky became too cloudy to continue observations. The two bright stars to the left and right in my field of view are HD 150679 and HD 150998 respectively. I would say the cluster is about magnitude 6. If I looked off to the side of the location of it I could see a very faint, fuzzy star with my naked eye is how I came to that conclusion. Very bright, fuzzy central core but despite fuzziness I could discern a great number of stars. Most were easy to make out with the exception of the cluster core. The cluster looked very large in the eyepiece. Again, very magnificent view for my first observation of a globular cluster!
  12. Would a Barlow affect the exit pupil? Say a 2x, would that basically divide the exit pupil value in half?
  13. Okay. That's very helpful! Still a steely-eyed astro-man!!
  14. So even my 35mm is passing just a little bit more light than what my eye can accept
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