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  1. Waaa what a surprise!

    Lol no I am not from Texas and I heard It's against the law to shoot at an unidentified flying object. I wrote to Weather Canada 10 minutes ago about the balloon including my logs and pictures, to know more about the mission of this particular balloon, I hope they will feed me with information, it could be interesting. I am in Canada so it's not the same thing for sure, it's better not to speculate too much about what your saw unfortunately... =============== I have this other picture too, it looks pretty much like my first the view in the binoculars. When I saw a stable bright orb like that in the sky (much much slower then a plane), I had an increase in heart rate.
  2. Waaa what a surprise!

    This is it! I saw my first --- today! until I installed the telescope to realize it was not a --- but another strange object. I spotted it with naked eye, my first weather balloon! During the day at around 18:45 it was a fairly large star in the sky at maybe 40d from the ground so I sit on a bench outside looking at the field then I see THAT bright star.. "what is that star?" then I try to see if it could be a planet.. no, the moon (because there is an event today with the planets, could it be that? unlikely), could it be a plane? no, it's too stable to be a plane. (I live close to an airport) Now I am getting excited, I run inside the house to find my pair of binoculars and all I see is a small oval silver shape, very bright.. WOW! Then I run downstairs to take the telescope, installed it in about 3 minutes, put the 18mm eyepiece on and PAF! It's a big nice weather balloon! but a lovely one very nice shape with a device with 3 lights in the form of a triangle attached to it. I took a few pictures, this was the mysterious unknown star during the day, close to the trees. This is about what I could see with the binoculars, a bit less, it's from the finder of course at maybe 9x And with the telescope 18mm eyepiece 55x now it's obvious. This is my best shot with my camera at the exit pupil. And another inferior shot. Wow that was intense, when you don't know what you see in the sky? YESS (: Very happy right now.
  3. Messier targets

    Many things are subtle, a good example, the stars inside a globular cluster like the great Hercules Cluster or M92. With a 130mm all I could see was pretty much a grey patch with a few stars, but with more aperture many faint stars will appear obviously at the eyepiece, some without averted vision, some with averted vision, one thing for sure it's easier to enjoy M13 with more aperture. For me that's a major improvement over the previous grey patch, better resolution and the capacity to capture fainter stars. On Jupiter the 200mm will support more magnification, the planet will appear bigger in the EP with a good resolution at around 150x to 200x. This will reveal more interesting details on the planet like the festoons and even some details inside the GRS, new nuances of color too. The festoons are very small on the planet and not visible all the time due to atmospheric condition but still it's an important improvement for me. Some small planetary nebula will reveal more color and be brighter, it will be possible to put more power on them too to be able to see a hint of their shape. Better resolution will reveal more details. With the 200mm you get a 2" focuser providing wider fields of view using 2" eyepieces and the possibility to use 2" OIII or UHC filters, for large nebulas like the Veil and North America, or to enjoy dense star areas (with even more visible stars) If this can help.
  4. Messier targets

    I noticed at the beginning of my journey in astronomy, it seemed like there was only a few objects to look at. But with the years and experience I am now spending much more time on less objects and am overwhelmed with things to look at. Everything is interesting at some point even the simplest new thing and it should improve with experience whatever the aperture. =========== At some point I decided to go from 130mm to 200mm and honestly it was a major upgrade in overall quality and capacity, it gives access to many more objects from the NGC catalogue, enhance details and magnitude of everything. But now, I hardly can imagine me handling more weight and bulky things then that.. Of course, I dream of a 12" Newtonian.. but my location is not favourable to that and I need to relocate to a darker spot has often has possible with a small Honda Civic. All packed up, the 200mm with equatorial mount and the rest of the gear, will monopolize more then 1/2 of the cargo space of the car. In the process of upgrading, it has to remain easy.
  5. Dew Shields?

    I like the heater straps during winter only at -10 celcius to keep the optic warmer outside, I get a bit of turbulence but the main purpose is to make it much easier to take the telescope back inside inside the house at the end of the observation, (preventing water formation on the mirror surfaces) Otherwise I don't really use the heaters. With a refractor or a mak, I would also use a dew shield.
  6. If I had to start again today?... eating 3/4 of a medium pizza at 20:00 while the sky is perfect outside? Big, mistake.
  7. 7 September - Falcon 9 launch

    You said it, and not much people will travel a 5500kmh in their lives, it's very fast to go to space with the proper technology.. it's looks like an easy thing to reach lower orbit when I see technology like that. I impressed by the amount of programming they must do in order to that, to be able to control the tube coming down and considering many dynamic physical factors. They control a large cylinder with jets of fire.. all the algorithms required to do that and dynamic adjustments for me it's a computing marvel. Very actual technology. @tooth_dr wow you are lucky, very nice you took pictures too. I wish i could see that one day. In the pictures which rocket is it?
  8. 30 to 32 mm would be ideal for me too (38 is too much) but following a study I did in my previous post to replace my Q70 wide field EP, It seems like the 34mm corresponds the best to what I want at the end of the day. I wanted the maximum possible TFOV with at least 68-70d AFOV, 30mm FL minimum, some good corrected optics and an eyepiece that is not taking the place of my 25mm Xcel LX. I like to look at the dense star fields and large open clusters very much, general wide field viewing is major. Has a matter, I ordered the 34mm this morning from Explore Scientific USA, I am now the owner of a superior quality wide field eyepiece I noticed that with my 32mm during the day, but it's still usable on the sun. I don't use wide field 32mm during the day to watch the sun, it's not not much of an issue.. it's more 18mm, 7mm, 4.7mm usually and I also see the obstruction within these. (; and i am the owner of a 34mm now
  9. hahahah Yes possible! (: I am 36 now with a bit of luck it seems! Maybe yours is not bad either! It could better then you think. Everyone should do the measuring exercise like David Levi suggests!
  10. I just saw this video, I think it's incredible.. in HD 22 minutes of pure joy. The launch of the beautiful Falcon 9 Rocket delivering the X-37b to space with the best part at the end, the reentry and landing of the first stage of the rocket with the precision. Unbelievable, thumbs up for the Americans and SpaceX.
  11. I finally managed to DO IT! and now we all know about my entry pupil, there are no more secrets. I took a picture of my pupil in the dark with the flash, after almost 15 flash in my eye, SUCCESS. And I would say the results are GREAT!! If it's not 7mm it's very close (((: yeah yeah yeah Test was done in a dark room, the camera was in front of me on a coffee can at the right height with 10 seconds retarder time, automatic mode with macro , flash on and a precise ruler. This is so nice.
  12. Ok, well following this procedure, and using a diameter of 6mm for my pupil x 5 I get 30 maximum, I use 32 with no problems now. So I guess 34 is a bit over even if the exit pupil is 6.8, which should also be a bit over my maximum entry pupil. that's good to know. Ok that's making me more happy
  13. Hello owners of 200p, I would be interested to know what is the longest focal length EP this telescope can tolerate before you get problems seeing the central obstruction and maybe the focuser tube. Right now with a 32mm FL, 40mm field stop EP, I don't see the central obstruction while observing at night, at least now when my eye is placed at the exit pupil disk, no problems. I would be looking at the ES 34mm 68d maybe, if anyone tried 34mm FL or even more with the 200p, I would be interested to know where is the breaking point. Thanks
  14. Velpecula - Brocchi's open star cluster (Cr399)

    I put good efforts on that specific task, doing the best I can. I double and triple check each of them to make sure it makes sense. Usually the sketch match well with what I see in the eyepiece and it's somewhat good compare to Stellarium but never perfect against stellarium.
  15. There is not much I would change... I have the habit of starting small then upgrading. My first scope was a 5" newtonian, I wanted something not too expensive to learn but I replaced it with a better instrument only 5 month later. I paid 475CAD and the store gave me 300CAD in exchange for the 8" telescope. The price was about 175$ for 5 months. Great deal to determine if I like astronomy or not. I bought a cheap Celestron 24 -8mm zoom to replace it 6 month later by fixed focal length.. but I learned quite a bit about AFOV with the zoom. (Then I got a 100% refund for it because there was a lot of dust inside visible while looking at the moon) After I bought an inexpensive wide field Orion Q70 eyepiece and learned about Astigmatism and Coma aberration. Used it 13 months and installed it at least 150 times in the focuser? for 135.$ Now it's probably time for a better quality wide field EP. (((: I can't wait to sell the Q70