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  1. So will I back home once the storm settles...
  2. Finally some decent seeing on Kefalonia. Soupy and humid, as the doctor ordered, even Jupiter took 212x at one point in Tak, Saturn ditto of course, and Mars, once it cleared 20 degrees, showed polar cap, Syrtis/Hellas combo on the wane and Merdiani Planum in dead center. Acidalia planitia incoming... But caveat...these are all faint. Faint but visible. I first had a good look, then double checked by inviting my friend (who had never had a look at Mars and does not own the telescope), he saw the same. I then checked SSPro to verify what I have seen. It's clearing, slowly.
  3. BGazing

    The Lunar Eclipse HAS BEGUN

    Start of the eclipse had penumbra-yellowish band-reddish umbra sequence. Coming out the yellow part was absent, perhaps it was composition of the refracting atmosphere at the other end.
  4. BGazing

    The Lunar Eclipse HAS BEGUN

    Well, I am now at Kefalonia, weather was bad (just like in Serbia, this summer is horrible), but the skies cleared up for the eclipse. Seeing mediocre and then deteriorating (Mars is a boiling bubble), but eclipse was nice, the collage I attach is afocal Samsung S8 through Pan 24 in Tak FC -100 DF.
  5. Just in time with my arrival, weather outlook for Greece worsened significantly. This summer is just garbage...
  6. I am trying not to pump myself up, hoping to at least have clear night for the total lunar eclipse...
  7. Taking my Tak to Greece and hope for some good seeing and dust settling...this hobby really trains one's patience.
  8. BGazing

    Jupiter: Right here, right now !

    I have a very limited window these days before Jove is behind the three, but tonight was the night! GRS transiting and some very good seeing amid city pavement and roofs emitting their stuff. We have full summer mode here switched on. What I saw tonight was oval following GRS in SEB and a smaller oval hanging vertically above below the NEB. Also aquarel-like details all over. Northern portion is not that great for me the whole season, southern sometimes breaks out in further belts, as opposed to one grey mass. EZ zone is clearly of different colour. The 'boring side' has festoons and barges and the whole other set of things these days... Wish I got out C8 tonight, but the balcony is too small... Yesterday Borg 71 was sufficient to pick up Europa shadow transit. Tak was necessary to see disk transit clearly....seeing was iffy.
  9. Try saliva for resolving organics, or acetone. Be careful with acetone and plastics. Always finish with isopropyl and distilled water... What you show is nothing to worry about...and i baby the heck out of my optics.
  10. BGazing

    Tak FC-100 - what will I gain?

    I had the unique opportunity to view on the same night, with the same eyepieces (but different diagonals, mind you) through my FC 100 and Equinox 120. Both were good but at 4.7mm ES Saturn in Tak was less bright (laws of physics, simply) but Tak was better corrected in red, the color balance appeared slightly off the mark in Equinox. Could be its APM prism diagonal....who knows. While Equinox was brighter, I did not feel that the image at 150x in Tak was inferior in any way. OPs dilemma is interesting. Downsizing and upgrading in quality to Tak does not make sense if portability is not sought. Aperture will come in handy from the backyard. Unless there are pressing concerns I would not change 120mm SW ED for 100mm Tak. But I would for Tak equivalent aperture in a heartbeat, wallet permitting.
  11. BGazing

    The struggle with M 101

    It took me a 21.7 SQM sky, SCT 8 and decent transparency to finally observe it properly at 57x, at zenith. It is indeed a very difficult object.
  12. True that. I had the 2in clicklock part of the Baader dielectric diagonal come loose in the dark, those tiny screws were not gripping as they should anymore. I never leave without the appropriate allen key anymore. FT is great. When pondering options, I could not justify cost, but now it looks like 6 or half a dozen dilemma...with a small trade-off in functionality vs aesthetics. But I do not need FT, I need more nights of good seeing and Jupiter just a couple of degrees higher (I know I cannot get the second wish fulfilled at present).
  13. I also thought it looks weak...but I was not aware that it actually is, i.e. that it comes loose. As I put the scope in the bag, it basically rests on that bottom little metal plate. I thought it was odd but thought that Takahashi knows better than I do. Yup, thought so, too...the only clear minus I can think of is aesthetic...and perhaps not even that.
  14. Has anyone had any chance to test their FC100 DC/F in decent seeing on Mars? How well are they corrected in red?

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