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About Hayduke27

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  1. I think I'll have a go at the 70 cluster on my next evening out! Thanks for sharing!
  2. I saw this in the other thread, and it is just amazing. I can't love it enough.
  3. I took my scope over to the park to have a nice wide open space for viewing. The transit had already begun by the time the sun rose here, and at sunrise we had a cloud bank to the east. However, by about 8:30am the clouds broke and it was mostly clear skies for the remaining 2.5 hours of the transit. I got some wonderful views, including a really bright flare. A great time was had, and a couple of people stopped by to share the view with me. I took a few photos with my phone that are not of the highest quality, but they are representative of my views. What a cool event! Hope a lot of you got to catch your own views too!
  4. Haha, yes indeed it was chilly. I was bully bundled up with a lot of layers, but it still left me not wanting to take my gloves off to mess around with changing EPs. It gets far colder here as the winter goes on. Soon I'll be having to head out into the night when it is -32C and colder. I have some very serious cold weather gear, and I always take along plenty of hot tea or cocoa. It makes it quite easy to imagine you are adrift in the freezing vacuum of space while staring through the scope. It becomes quite the interactive experience, ha!
  5. Thanks for sharing Nick! The Intergalactic Wanderer has fascinated me since I first managed to find it. What a cool target!
  6. That was a brain fart on my part! I absolutely understand that it is the fusing of elements into heavier elements that makes the stars burn, I just obviously mis-typed that one out! Thanks for keeping me on the right track Observing the sun has in many ways been just as eye opening and amazing as when I discovered all that there was to discover through my night-scope. The observable things going on right there over all of our heads is just so amazing. I can't believe I was so oblivious to it all for so long!! I feel like I have catching up to do in both my observing and my learning! I have been reading through the forums and learning a lot, and I have been looking at solar images and watching web-broadcast live solar images along with time lapses. I think I'm starting to get a bit of a feel for what my expectations should be for observing sessions. I'm excited for the Mercury transit on Monday, and I am also very excited for the chance to observe the sun when it has more activity in the future!
  7. Absolutely awesome. That winning image has so much detail, just incredible. #2 is the kind of feature I am really keeping my eyes open for as an observer new to the solar arena. That sketch for #3 is just beautiful, amazing job. These are great!!
  8. Love to see some sketches. It sounds like a very satisfying night. Thanks for sharing!
  9. Today was my second day of staring at the sun. I am still amazed that staring at the sun has become of such interest to me I guess that since I took up astronomy I've been staring at distant suns. I may as well look at ours! Anyhow, more seriously, although there isn't much going on with the sun right now, it still fascinates me to see it as a giant textured sphere. Just gazing at it and thinking about the giant fission machine blasting away and churning energy out into the universe, and seeing just what the surface of that machine looks like, well I guess it still just mesmerizes me. It's quite a thing to gaze at the surface of the sun and see the details. As I observed today for approximately 90 minutes or so I swear I saw a couple of bright spots (I apologize for not knowing all the terminology just yet) appeared near the center that were not there at the beginning of my session. Is it more likely that I managed to refine the tuning and adjust my eyes to see this feature, or is there a chance that it appeared during my session? How quickly do the observable features of the sun change? I realize it's a huge scale to be observing and I won't be watching anything necessarily in motion, but during a session of a couple hours would there be noticeable changes in what can be observed?
  10. BTW- The scope came with an 18mm Plossl that has been a good EP for viewing, plus I have been using my ES 8mm and 4.6mm. I have been able to get good contrast and focus with all, but the 8mm has been my favorite thus far.
  11. I am a complete noobie to the solar observing side of stargazing, but yesterday my first solar telescope arrived (a Coronado PST) and I was out today enjoying the process of learning a new type of observing. This report won't contain anything all that interesting to veterans, but I am excited and thought I'd post. This morning I got out and found my way around the scope, learning to focus, adjust contrast, and get rid of reflections. I saw a nice little prom and a bright spot along with some surface texture, and I was quite happy. I went out this afternoon and managed to spot another prom along with both a light spot and several dark spots. Upon returning home I confirmed that what I had been viewing was indeed accurate, and I am quite satisfied with my first day of viewing. Below is a picture of the features I was focused on: A very successful first day, and I am really happy to be learning how to observe the closest star to our little rock!
  12. Cygnus X-1 has been on my list for over a year. Although I understand you can't see a black hole, I sure would love to get the EP onto that piece of sky and just stare it it for a little while knowing what is there.
  13. Oh, as another side note... I had indeed considered the fact that sun spots might be a cool thing to observe using a white light setup, and it seems that in the reading I have done people generally have each setup on hand for different occasions. Seeing as how it's comparatively very inexpensive to get a solar filter for my 8SE, it would probably make sense to go ahead and do so. Now for the questions: First, will sun spots be apparent at all with my Ha setup, or are they much more strictly a white light kind of thing? Secondly, I plan on viewing the upcoming Mercury transit. Will this be something that will give good views with my Ha setup, or is this another event that might call for a white light rig?
  14. Thanks @Paul73, I was just looking at zoom EPs and wondering about some recommendations. Your timing is perfect. So I just set up the scope in my yard and set to work figuring things out. Luckily I went ahead and read the instructions before getting to it (I must be getting older and wiser). I was pleasantly surprised to find that the scope has a built-in sun finder, a very handy little accessory if you ask me! It took me a few tries to get the feel for finding a proper focus and then using the various contrast and anti-reflection knobs, but I soon got the hang of it, and was able to focus and adjust contrast using my 18mm, 8mm, and 4.6mm EPs. As it's my first day everything is very new and it's a lot to take it, but I can see surface detail and I can also see one little prominence. This leads me to a very newbie question. I took a look at the website that @Merlin66 mentions above, and I swear that the prominence that I am seeing is the one in all of the images on the website. However, in the images the prom is at roughly 8:00 whereas the one I am viewing is almost dead on at 12:00. I have been pondering this, and it seems to make sense that the "up side" of the sun would differ depending on where you are standing on the planet, but it is one more of those things I had never thought about. Is this little theory of mine correct? Thanks for all the info everyone!
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