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About Hayduke27

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    Colorado, USA
  1. Most memorable observing moment?

    First time seeing Saturn, Jupiter, and the Veil Nebulas come to mind. All spectacular sights. Recently, Caroline's Rose really left a big impression on me.
  2. Old member has returned!

    Great attitude, get out there and have yourself some fun and beautiful views! Cheers!
  3. Sweet Aries.

    Some more great inspiration. Love the sketches!
  4. Inspired for January.

    Wow!! Thanks for sharing, this is going to give me all kinds of ideas!
  5. My first NB - IC443 - I've much to learn!

    What object is this? Nice image!
  6. New telescope

    My first comment as a person who recently went through the process of buying his first telescope is this: Don't worry about the "zoom"!!! Magnification on all telescopes can be changed to be higher or lower by switching eyepieces. Your telescope will likely come with one or two, but your very first upgrades will likely be better and more eyepieces. Also, A LOT of the best objects you want to observe do not require high magnification at all. In fact, with many you can see much more detail at lower magnifications. What you should really concentrate on is something that has enough aperture to pick up the light required to see the dimmer details in the objects you are observing. I see the scope you listed has a 5" aperture which will work for many objects, but may not be enough for some of the dimmer objects in the sky. Put your money into the most aperture you can get in a quality telescope on your budget, then upgrade your eyepieces and maybe even your diagonal when you have the money for that.
  7. Recording Observations

    I jot down some notes while I am in the field, and then I have an observing journal that I use to fill out a more detailed report within the next day or two after the session. I also like to do some write-ups on SGL as I find it gives me a chance to relive the experience and bring back some of the emotion that went with it. I need to do more sketching. It's tough right now because it's just so cold outside, but perhaps I should break out the pencils again soon.
  8. Mars & Jupiter nearing conjunction

    I did not know this, hoorah!
  9. Jan. 6th Conjunction

    I didn't think I was going to get to see this, as the weather was calling for cloudy skies. However, I rose at 06:00 anyway, got my winter clothes on, grabbed my binoculars and headed out into the cold and snow to see what I could see. Alas, I was rewarded! The planets were higher in the sky than I had anticipated, and the viewing, though a little hazy, was plenty good for seeing the conjunction. There were some nice views of the moon through the haze as well. A nice way to spend a morning. Did anyone else manage to catch a glimpse of this?
  10. Crab Nebula - one decade time lapse

    Wow, I've never seen such a thing as a DSO time lapse. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
  11. Having just started last August, I finally got all of my equipment acquired and sorted and in the process saw a low of the high points of the sky. However, I realized that double stars have been a highly satisfying side of the hobby that I had pretty much neglected (especially as they can be seen with less than ideal skies). I have compiled a short list to get me going, but I really like your plan with the books and going by constellations. Great way to go into the new year.
  12. Time to play with my Christmas toys

    I just recently acquired that same moon atlas, and like you, I hope to make better use of the moon this year than just trying to avoid it like the plague. I always take my binos out with me, even when I plan on pretty much using the scope exclusively. As you said, the binoculars are a wonderful way to move around the sky a lot faster, plus with the wider FOV you see so much. I do love zooming in for the details that the scope reveals, but it's hard to beat the binos for ease of exploring the sky. Not to mention there is no setting up! Great report, sounds like you're having fun with your new toys!
  13. Last Thursday morning (12/28) I managed to pull myself from bed at 3AM with the promise of clear skies and a narrow window of dark skies after the setting of the moon. The temperature was -17°C, and transparency was decent (though there were some ice crystals in the air). I made a big thermos full of tea, bundled up like I was headed into the blizzards of Hoth, and off I went. I was set up and viewing by 03:45. As Leo was straight overhead, I first viewed M105, as I enjoy the sight of the 3 galaxies and if gives me a good gauge of how the seeing will be. I had no trouble with the view, and after a short time moved on the the next object. Next up was NGC 4038, the Antennae Galaxies. I have been trying to see this object for a long time now, and have never had any luck. Well, this night conditions must have been just right because although it was dim, it was very apparent. I didn't even need averted vision to see it, though averting my eyes did yield slightly more blurry edge than was visible with direct vision. Having bagged this long sought after target, I moved to another galaxy. M104- The Sombrero Galaxy. I had not seen this object before, though I knew of it from my studies. What a cool galaxy! Much brighter than the previous target with a bright center. I could see the sombrero namesake. A neat object for viewing! Next was M67, an open cluster that I thought I observed, but upon returning home and looking it up I think I was off slightly. I'll have to return to this one. Since I was in the region, I swung the scope over to the Intergalactic Wanderer. I had seen this before, but more recently had missed it a couple of times. I found it this night, and it was quite apparent. Another very interesting DSO, I spent a good bit of time looking at this even though it was little more than a smudge. I now swung into Gemini and looked at the Eskimo Nebula. A great night for viewing this object, I didn't even need a filter. It was very bright and the center star was quite apparent. This was a beautiful sight and I spend a good deal of time observing this object. Swinging to the east I stopped on NGC2775, a dim object but once again very apparent. I spent a couple minutes observing then continued east to another first light: NGC3115- The Spindle Galaxy. This is an absolutely lovely object, and it really grabbed my attention. A nice bright center with the edge view making a bright needle to each side, this object has made my list of favorites. Next was another new object to me, the Ghost of Jupiter Nebula. I had missed it in the past, but this night it was hard to imagine that being possible. It was very bright and reminded me a lot of the Blue Snowball Nebula. A cool object that I shall observe more in the future. Continuing to the east, I found M86 and began hopping the galaxies that make up Markarian's Chain. I like to just surf around the sky in this area and see how many galaxies I can pick up just doing blind sweeps. What a cool little chunk of the sky! Having bagged some nice objects and seeing that there was getting to be a touch of light on the horizon, I moved on to some dawn planets. I took a look at Mars, a well defined red disk, and Mercury, a little twinkling rainbow colored spot on the horizon. However, it was Jupiter that stole the show. It was higher in the sky than I have ever had the opportunity to observe, and I could see more detail than ever. I could easily make out the red bands, the white bands, and the red tinted areas around the poles. At times I swear I could make out the red dot in the lower red band (having checked Sky Safari, I knew where it was supposed to be). I spend the remainder of the dawn gawking at Jupiter, dumbfounded at its splendor. During the session, while taking breaks from the EP, I also viewed M81 and M82 with the binoculars. I also looked up at M44. All lovely objects and some of my favorites. Before the night was out I saw 5 meteors total, with 2 being nice and bright. Once again, the session ended with ice on the scope, me chilled to the bone, bright pink clouds in the sky and a smile on my face. Stay warm out there folks, and clear skies!
  14. Nice, but chilly, Astro haul 28th December

    Nice report! Funny how one quick look at the moon can totally pucker the pupils! After staring into the deep sky, that darn moon is like staring at the sun!
  15. It's that time of year again

    I got my telescope in August, and since then I have had a great many incredible experiences. I will spare everybody the long list, but here are some highlights: -My first look at Saturn and Jupiter. Wow! I never knew you could see the planets in such detail from earth! -M13 and M42- These were some of the first DSO's that I ever really got lost in. I feel like I could just stare at these for hours on end, and plan to do so in the coming year! M81 and M82- Ever since my first light on these, I return to them every night. I have really come to appreciate galaxies in general, but something about these two-- the way you can see them both in the same EP, the way they are set at different angles making for such a nice comparison between them-- they are a wondrous sight and I have come to love them. -Learning the constellations- I have a way to go before I know them all, but I can look up at the sky and rattle off quite a few now. I not only know what I am looking at, but I know what will be rising behind them during the night. Ever since I was young I wanted to know the night sky better, and in the past few months I've made giant strides on that front! -Unique experiences with loved ones- Getting friends and family out for a look at the night sky is such a rewarding experience. It's not often that people go out and spend a couple hours looking up and admiring the stars. I have become a source of motivation to get a lot of people out to be amazed at the sky, and seeing the looks of wonder and joy they get is almost as great as the sky itself. -Nebulas- I knew nothing of these DSO's before I got my scope, and the joy I felt as I first began seeing these with my own eyes, and then again as I got filters and began seeing even more. -Finally, I'll just say that it's amazing the joy and satisfaction this hobby has brought to my life. It's the elation of spying an object for the first time when you have missed it countless times in the past. It's the buzz you carry with you for several days after a great observing session. It's the anticipation of an upcoming session, watching the weather and the planetary alignments, and just having an eye to the sky in general. May 2018 bring me much more of the same! I am excited to have my equipment acquired and tuned, and to have acquired the basic knowledge I need to really begin diving deeper into observing the universe. Hopefully we'll all have a good dose of clear skies in the coming year! Cheers!