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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 yo
  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
  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 mesme
  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
  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
  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 ab
  15. Ken, thanks so much for the info and the link! I have been reading in the forums here that a zoom EP is convenient for solar observing. I may have to invest in one, but I'll first give it a go with what I've got and see the results. I think I'll get out this morning to give the scope a little first light outing. I got a standard Meade AZS Mount manual tripod as my current mount. My night scope has GoTo and tracking, so using the manual tripod is going to be a new experience for me. I don't have a finder for it either, but I was sort of figuring I would be able to spot the sun
  16. Thanks for the heads up, this will have to go on the observing list!!
  17. This is my first report in a long while. I have not been observing quite as much as I would like, as can be said by many. Between a busy life and this year having far more cloud cover than almost any other year to memory (stop buying new equipment you space-lovers!!), I have been lucky to get out once each month. With the end of summer and the lengthening nights, I am trying to change this a bit. I was keeping a close eye on Clear Outside, and got a stellar forecast: And so I loaded up and headed out to my viewing spot. Still being a couple of years new to this hobby, I have re
  18. I'm no expert, but I have seen a couple of satellites that got brighter and dimmer many times at regular intervals while I watched them cross the sky, and I thought I understood that this was due to the satellite spinning. This would be my best guess, but somebody please correct me if I am wrong!
  19. Hi everyone, So I had been pondering the idea of observing the sun, as to this point all of my telescope observations had been made at night. My very first instinct was to just get a solar filter for my Celestron 8SE. I had the presence of mind to do a little research and ask a few questions, and I learned quickly that I could view the white light through the 8SE, and that really the main features I could see would be sunspots and eclipses. I was told that getting a setup that was made for solar observing in Ha would lead to being able to see more of the details that are so captivating
  20. Thanks for all this great info John! I just printed out that great chart from Exploring the Veil and am headed out to do just that. It's perfectly clear here tonight after a particularly cloudy summer, and spending some extended time surfing through the veil sounds perfect.
  21. Way to go! I found the veil for my first time last winter, and it blew my socks off. Such a lovely sight!!
  22. This is an absolutely amazing image of one of my favorite objects! Awesome!! I'm off to check out the Spaceimages website!
  23. I just recently explored the galaxies of Coma Berencis for the first time. I don't have nearly the aperture that you do, but under nice dark skies I could make out enough to really enjoy this part of the sky. Thanks for the report, it makes me long for a peek through a larger telescope!
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