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  1. I saw it with my Mak127, so aperture is probably not a problem, dark skies are required.
  2. I will give it a shot today, the forecast for my location seems optimistic. I hope I can see the comet with my small frac SW80/400.
  3. I also tracked it once, I had my ST80 prepped with 32mm eyepiece and I knew exactly when will it pass. I caught it, tracking it was almost impossible, the view was jerky, but I remember my excitement and puzzled looks as I tried to explain everyone I met for the next few days, that I actually saw 2 solar arrays of the ISS! People didn't share my childish excitement
  4. Hello, I want to share my feelings of the amazing night of observing I experienced last saturday. So, it all started when I took my SkyMax to my grandparents' house, one cousin, grandma, my mom and two aunts wanted to see Saturn, so I finally yielded to the year-long pleas I aligned the GoTo using Arcturus and Polaris, then onto Saturn, which was really nice. For me, nothing new, but Saturn is stunning no matter how often you view it. For the audience, it was (I believe according to all the "WOWs" and "OOHs") a remarkable experience. Of course, I did not spend much time at the
  5. yeah, a proper crowd-funding-space-battle ensues. First of its kind.
  6. The 25mm EP which comes with the Mak is not of terribly high standard, that is true. Personally, I will purchase 24mm ES68 one day, but that day will come when I have more money to blow on astro stuff. As for 32mm, I use Meade Super plossl, which is nice and usable (nothing to complain about with this EP) and is also in your budget. I believe you can't really go wrong with a plossl from a decent manufacturer in this price range, especially when used with a f/12 Mak. I don't feel that I need a 24mm (or 25mm) EP at the moment. Even the 32mm gets only used to get an occasional nicer "ov
  7. I've never seen anything like this O_O EDIT: I have a lot of studying to do now, thanks
  8. finally some first-hand experience and info on this scope! I am considering it too, as a replacement for my ST80 (but maybe I'll keep them both). How do you rate the build quality of the focuser?
  9. 1) let the scope cool down 2) don't look out the window from a building, go outside. The heat exchange is insane and ofc your image does not resolve any details. Also, being in Bucharest I imagine that it's pretty hot outside these days, so I would avoid concrete surfaces for serious observation. The concrete absorbs heat during the day and then radiates during the night, ruining observations with heat blur.
  10. and btw, the refractor on the image you posted here certainly is not a wide field instrument, it seems to be pretty long with small aperture, so the FOV will be quite narrow, narrower than your dob. On the other hand, this guy is going to have extra wide field of view: small frac
  11. no, it's all about focal length. Your eyes are only 5mm big 'circles' and yet you see like 120°, hows that possible? The angle I highlighted here in red governs the field of view. If you think about it and take this example for the eye - your retina is pretty close to the lens of your eye, so the angle is wide. In a long and narrow refractor the angle is narrow. The same applies to newtonian reflectors. Slow mirror - at say f/10 - means, that the light converges at a sharper-narrower angle, which means that the FOV is smaller.
  12. I did 3 modifications - 1) I poured epoxy resin into the gaps on the plastic leg holders, where the plastic connects to the steel leg. One rivet on each side of the leg is not sturdy enough and pouring epoxy there helps a tiny bit. 2) I poured concrete into the lower, extending part of the tripod legs. This helps to bring the center of gravity a bit lower. First you need to drill out the rivets on the locknut holders, then the bottom part of the leg pops out. You can then pour concrete into the lower legs. After the concrete solidified, I also made an epoxy "stopper" on top of the so
  13. Your reports encourage me to do similar session, well done! I like how the last session made you optimistic and enthusiastic, I know that feeling, it's great Too bad that we still have clouds here and it's not dark before 22:00, so a nice 2hour observing session will surely make me a zombie at work the next day. The forecast seems good for thursday night, so I guess I will make a zombification sacrifice to see the veil and take another look at M13 with bigger magnification. I did not try it last time, I see that you went with BGO6, so that's 150x with your scope. I only used BCO18mm, wh
  14. yeah, but add a date 09/2017 to M36, M37 and M38, as they are below the horizon now
  15. Great report, enjoyable read. I kinda miss a bit more thorough description of M13 - did you resolve individual stars? How did it look like? M13 was my target for the night between fri/sat last weekend and I could barely see with great effort that it indeed is not a nebula, but a star cluster. My aperture is almost the same as yours. M13 was a bit dissapointing, I expected it to be more like M36-M38 with clearly visible stars, according to all the M13 hype I read here Also - I am inexperienced observer, so that may be a factor too. I feel your struggle with constellations/night sky
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