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  1. N3ptune

    2018-07-06 - Saturn - Mars - Moon

    Glad you like it Pete (; I still think about this today.
  2. Welcome! I had another very beautiful observation last night at my very best location with fairly good dark sky. Bellow 15 Celsius temperature, no mosquitoes, not too much humidity, no moon until 2:00 and an impressive and detailed Milky Way! Full of naked eye stars. The original idea was to go for DSOs but the planets were so awesome.. I had to spend some time on them: SATURN: My best observation of that planet so far in +-3 years, my telescope and eyepieces proved to be very capable again. I was able to look at Saturn using high power 425x, 334x and 283x with my 6mm, 7mm and 4.7mm 2x barlowed. Eventually the best choice turned out to be 212x with a #11 Yellow/Green filter. That filter suggestion from Mak the Night, was a very good one. #11 will enhance many shades all around the planet very effectively (it's also not every day 212x is sharp like that too.) NEPTUNE: Surprise! I located it for the first time 100% sure in Aquarius, easily, there was even a disk again at 212x of power. A few seconds in diameter, something like 5 seconds (perhaps more) and bigger then expected frankly. I could recognize it's characteristic turquoise bluish colour instantly. Ouffff this was a high moment MARS at around 2:00 AM Montreal time,at maybe less then 20 degrees elevation.. I had a few minutes of sharpness to clearly see the general storm scene. One goal was to try very high power on it, but the atmosphere and elevation would not permit anything more then 143x with a 7mm orthoscopic. A step down to 9mm was even required at some point with the very comfortable Xcel LX. 111x, my best deal last night for Mars. At the south pole atmospheric clouds were visible a bit, that I know, has well has as darker patch in the middle of the disk, shown in sketch bellow, faint but visible dark shade on a large disk overall. Celestron is now selling a little kit of 4 filters: 25 Red, 80a Blue, 56 Light Green plus their Mars filter and a 2x barlow.. So since I already have the 25, 80a and 56 I tried them with no significant success.. Neodymium wiped them all with it's enhancing effect of the red color.. and eventually, showing a bit of more contrast between the various shades. To my taste, the best views were without filters.. only the 9mm or the 7mm eyepiece. So here is my sketch, reversed views from my trusty 200mm Newtonian plus a sketch of the naked eye moon. ================== I also had a terrific DSO observation,to list it quickly: THE RING NEBULA: with it's super super rich star field WOW WOW!! I could throw 425X at it and see details in the center (has well has a few faint stars all around, perhaps 3 ~ 4 in averted vision). The most impressive was low power with a 34mm eyepiece, showing all the star field has well has 2 ~ 3 very bright primary stars from the constellation, all in the same FOV. INK SPOT TO WILD DUCK CLUSTER TRIP: All the trip from Aquila to Sagittarius.. there are no words to describe this again.. especially the Lagoon nebula with it's massive star complex. M22 star cluster was breath taking and filling all the FOV of my 25mm eyepiece with sharp stars. I could not believe it again, the amount of visible stars and the positive effect of averted vision. Triffid, Omega, Eagle, all visible without filters while slowly screening the sky at low power again. STARCLOUD: WOUSH! in the face!! with the 34mm eyepiece, it's like getting a strong drift of wind in the face, staggering, in all it's richness. This thing is one of my favourite visual DSO. and I am never sketching it any time soon. That's it! thanks for reading the report and looking at the sketches, I hope it was time well spent.
  3. N3ptune

    Eyepiece for planetary observation

    The 4.7 is popular these days. Here are my observations. I own one of these with the same telescope and I love it for the moon, it's giving 212x. I find the views to be of very high quality most of the time to inspect surface details and small craters all around. Although, I find 212x can be to be a bit too much magnification on the planets especially when they are low like right now, but it's a good option I would not discard. With the time spent at sketching the moon, it's my most used eyepiece. it's fault, it seems like it's an eyepiece for people who don't wear spectacles.
  4. N3ptune

    Saturn: A Composite Image

    Nice composite images of Saturn @orion25 I can't wait to observe it too, soon.
  5. N3ptune

    New ES 4.7mm 82 Degrees Ordered.

    Congratulations, @Geoff Barnes I have that eyepiece too and I find it very good and sharp especially on the moon, good price, I would buy it again probably.
  6. ouffff @John you are sending me on the wild internet. I believe Stu 100% with his recommendation instead.
  7. @Stu This eyepiece, the 5.5 62d, do you know about it's correction and how good it would be with my F5 Newtonian? The reason I am asking is because when I searched for a low power eyepiece a few months ago, something around 32mm, the lower end of the 62d series was not really shining bright has I read from the comments. My final selection was the ES 34mm 68d which I find nothing less then incredible today. With the 5.5mm it might be another story because it's a short FL high power EP, perhaps aberrations is less (or not) an issue here. I prefer to ask, because it will compete against orthoscopics and the ES 82d series, which are strong quality and low aberration competitors. Just want to make sure the 5.5 will blend well in the middle or that. thanks
  8. N3ptune

    Sun 23/6/18 FD

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, I especially like the dark spots details. When we can see them has sharp has you sketch, usually it was a good observation, they are very realistic. Your sun surface and rose are both very good too, I like your rendering style for the rose. This is very inspiring stuff.. I should sketch instead of doing nothing while listening to some jazz music, this would make me very happy.
  9. Nice sequence indeed John, from 7 to 2, it's complete, I am very tempted by the number 5.5.
  10. Well that's what I understood lately, why amateurs were all hipped about the 6 - 3 zoom, that specific range of power for planetary use and probably with impressive quality advantages. But the Nagler is not appealing too much, it would give me a nice graduation between 6mm and 4.7mm but the price is too high considering I already have some good pieces covering almost everything. I would prefer to complete my current sequence of powers with something like a simple inexpensive ES 5.5mm honestly. (Especially if it can compete in quality against my orthoscopics)
  11. I have a questions (; Question #1: What is the main focus of the activity? -The teacher finds the objects then let the kids and parents look into the telescope after, using one good Goto/tracking telescope? OR - The kids are using the instruments themselves to look at the sky using, perhaps, multiple manual, less expensive instruments? Question #2: What is the observation goal: The planets, deep sky objects, the Moon ? Question #3: What is light pollution condition of the observing site.
  12. Thanks for your replies, this is helping me seeing clearer and that the idea of adding the Fujiyama 5mm is not really the best solution. It's true the 4.7 is quite fine but at some point I believe in the small increments in magnification for planetary observation especially at the end of the maximum usable power of the telescope it's very relevant, (unless the gap is much too close) Between the 7mm and the 6mm the difference is 23x and the telescope can clearly take advantage of it. Someday on Jupiter it's the 7 and on other day it's the 6 (Same thing with Venus). The goal of adding an orthoscopic was to reach maximum resolution at the highest power possible. I like your idea with the 5.5mm ES Stu, 181x is a good mid point between the 4.7 and the 6. Perhaps a bit close to the 6 but it's still a 14x step at the very end of the maximum usable power of this telescope. Very affordable too, nice eye relief, large AFOV. I'll think of it in the next days.
  13. I am sitting in my chair right now, doing nothing except from listening to some smooth jazz from a custom made CD. And I wonder slowly if I should order a 5mm HD-OR Fujiyama Orthoscopic eyepiece has a new asset. But, this time, I am not completely sure it's going to be a very good purchase I am feeling it more like a luxury option. For my planetary observation with my 200 x 1000 I have at the current moment a 9mm eyepiece Xcel LX which I find amazing for it's comfort and quality, gives me 111x, that one is a keeper. After, I have the HD-OR 7mm and more recently I bought the HD-OR 6mm. Both of them are very good and impressive on the planets giving 143x and 167x, they are my main tools and they should be sold when I die. And finally, I have the ES 4.7mm which is still my favourite eyepiece for the moon. Although, most of the time that one has a bit too much magnifications for the planets at 212x. So the next step might very well be the HD-OR 5mm which would give 200x with a narrower FOV of course. I think it could provide more more sharpness, in a very slight amount, over the ES and it has 12x less to help me with the atmosphere. At the same time it's still very close to the 4.7mm which occasionally offers a good sharpness on the planets (and almost always good sharpness on the moon). The difference between the 4.7 and the 5 might be marginal. While the addition the 6mm was a huge success. Would you guys buy the 5mm or leave things has they are? A picture of my actual family of what I consider to be "planetary" eyepieces: Thanks for reading.
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    Ahh I didn't fish very much in the last years. But if I am to stand still for 3 hours looking at the eyepiece and sketching.. I have to be comfortable and well protected against the mosquitoes so I can concentrate on astronomy only. When I sketch they land on my sheet of paper.. at some point I can push them around with the tip of my pencil. Me it's tolerance zero, with my setup, I am protected against at least 95% of the attacks, perhaps even more then that, the hours will pass quietly like that.
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    Wearing double pants, double sweaters, a tight pair of hunting gloves with a spray of OFF over the top of each hands. For the head I have a custom made double layer bug net with a fishing hat on top of it (I have a hole in the net to look at the eyepiece of course... It's hot but very effective. I don't tolerate mosquitoes.. for me it's the full body armor.

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