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Richard Hather

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About Richard Hather

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    Sketching DSO, going for walks with the family and generally having as much fun as possible ☺️

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  1. Richard Hather

    Leo Triplet... well 2/3 anyway.

    Good to know I’m not the only one, I think experience and perseverance is key with galaxies hopefully it will get easier with time and patience
  2. Richard Hather

    Leo Triplet... well 2/3 anyway.

    Cheers Alan I’ve never had I work so hard to observe an object but worth every second spent on it hope it gets easier now but if not I will put in the effort again. Yeah LP is a killer I know it really makes observing hard for me but not impossible with the dimmer objects do with time and practice and perseverance i will see more im sure. M51 is frustrating me though I’m sure I was in the right area I will keep trying until I find it as I’m sure I should be able to even with my LP.
  3. Richard Hather

    Leo Triplet... well 2/3 anyway.

    Observing Information DSO - M65/M66 Date - 13/05/18 Time - 23:30 Lunar Phase - 14% Waning Crescent Seeing - Good Equipment - 12” Dobsonian Eyepieces - 30 ES 82 Additional info - Got to 14:00 in the afternoon yesterday and I realised it was going to be clear last night. So plans had to made I already had a list of galaxies I wanted to observe top of that list M51 along with of course the Leo triplet Galaxies. I started of my 2h 30m session with a good observation of Jupiter which showed me some lovely detain and the bands and moons were as prominent as ever. I then had a look at M13/M3 to try and get my eye in, they were stunning as always both central bulges nice and bright. So it was with some optimism I began my hunt for M51 a thorn in my side for sometime, alas I was unsuccessful. Despite trying with different mag filters and jumping on one leg it simply wouldn’t reveal itself to me. I then decided to have a go at the triplet. So I hopped straight to Chertan then went approximately 6 degrees below and 1 degree to the right using my beloved telrad for reference. Then I sat and observed and took in every nook and cranny of that ep I could, I knew I was in the right area. I couldn’t tell you how much time passed but I noticed slowly but surely 2 small smudges 1 slightly below the other. I knew straight away I had found what has evaded me for so long an observation of a galaxy (which isn’t andromeda) from my own Class 6 Bortle back yard. Over time i managed to make out a slight increase in light which was the core but little other details maybe because it was still relatively light out even at 00:00. I tried to see NGC3628 but just couldn’t make it out maybe when my skies are darker I will have more luck. But I was happy and decided to sketch my observation. I used my ES 30mm 82 throughout unfiltered because I found my LP/UHC didn’t add anything to the view and of course with the big fov the 30mm was a must. So now I know what to look out for which is something which takes a lot of time and effort to see even when your staring right at it. Definitely worth the effort though and hopefully once our skies get darker again this will be the first/second of many galaxies I observe from my own back yard. Clear skies Richard
  4. Richard Hather

    NGC 6826 - Blinking PN

    Lovely sketch, like looking through the ep myself
  5. Richard Hather

    What is in your "Do not sell" case?

    Honestly if I had £5000 to spare I would certainly consider it. A lot of things to consider storage and of course a scope like that deserves to be under pristine dark skies as much as possible. Something at the moment is hard to get. Maybe one day...
  6. Richard Hather

    What is in your "Do not sell" case?

    I have 3 eyepieces ES 30mm 82 Deg and the ES 14mm/9mm 100 Deg. I will also add the ES 5mm 100 Deg at some point in the future. Im happy with these eps and can’t see me selling them. As for my 12” dob if circumstances allow I will certainly get a biggger dob, how big only time will tell
  7. Richard Hather

    Bushnell 10x50 Permafocus Binocular

    Wow they do look nice but a bit expensive for me. let me know how they perform though maybe a purchase for the future.
  8. Richard Hather

    Bushnell 10x50 Permafocus Binocular

    I like these, would this pair be wide enough to show me most constellations I will primarily be using them to help me star hop and get a feel for we’re the constellations are positioned?
  9. Richard Hather

    M44 The Beehive Open Cluster

    Thank you Neptune, we do our best with the eyes we have It certainly was a great target to get back on the wagon with. I would be interested to see you sketch always nice to compare other sketches to your own
  10. Richard Hather

    Bushnell 10x50 Permafocus Binocular

    Both excellent points, my budget is around £50 which 10x50 binoculars would be a good buy from your experiences?
  11. Hi everyone I’m thinking about purchasing these binoculars, my main draw to them is you don’t have to focus them and they seem decent quality. Opinions more then welcome and of course if my money would be spent better on another pair I’m more then happy to consider them. Heres all the specs for the binoculars and a pic. Highlights Wide Angle Porro Prism 7.5° Angle of View Focus-Free Design Features The Bushnell 10x50 Permafocus Binocular is a full sized 10x unit with a focus-free design, so that you'll never miss the action while fumbling to focus. It is designed only for use with distant subjects. Just aim and your subject comes into clear view. This 10x50 model is well-suited to stadium sports where you are more distant from the field, and with its 50mm objective lenses it provides a very bright view. Full size 10x50 porro prism binocular with a wide 7.4° viewing angle Fully coated optics for superior light transmission and brightness Unique "Focus-Free" feature ideal for stadium sports events Non-slip rubber armor absorbs shock while providing a firm grip Designed for viewing distant subjects (close focus is subjective and dependent on user's vision)
  12. Richard Hather

    M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

    Ohhh wow they just get better the subtle shades you get on the spiral really adds to it almost making it 3D like. This is on my to observe list but not sure I will be able to see it what quality was your skies when sketching this object?
  13. Richard Hather

    NGC 4631 - Whale and companion.

    Beautiful sketch love the detail you’ve captured, you must have dark skies to get this much detail good job
  14. Richard Hather

    First sketch of the year, M53.

    Lovely sketch excellent detail captured and the time lapse is fantastic
  15. Richard Hather

    M44 The Beehive Open Cluster

    Cheers Paz it took me a while to find it as I couldn’t make out any stars round it through my telrad. Definitely worth the effort though
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