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maw lod qan

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  1. I recently got a good buy on used 20x80's. They are heavy, so I'm building my own tripod. I was surprised by the magnification the first time I turned them up at the night sky.
  2. With such a steep entry angle, it would have been devastation if it had been over a populated area and exploded just a bit lower. We see a lot of concern about "the big rock" coming. Something like this over New York, or London is something I can't imagine.
  3. Take care, staring at the moon too long and you just might become another lunatic! It's beauty is captivating.
  4. I got it from amazon, 6v battery runs it through a pwm. Everything didn't cost 15 dollars.
  5. I can only imagine the finished project and it's second first light. I do hope you keep us remotely involved thru the forum.
  6. maw lod qan

    Help please!

    Yes, welcome. I wish you both years of happiness and joy. Be sure to join him when he uses your wonderful gift to him. You just might be surprised at how the wonders that will be seen with it can leave everyone in awe.
  7. Thursday evening I spent quite a bit of time looking at the same area. My photos are nothing like yours, my 8" dob and Canon with single images. What drew my interest is the area of Mt. Hadley being the Apollo 15 landing sight. Reading of their hopes with picking out sites, and remembering it was the early 70's, I'm really impressed.
  8. Wednesday evening the wind was a bother for me also. I was viewing the moon almost at its zenith and could easily notice each gust. Last night, the wind died down and it was quite rewarding looking at the surface details. I concentrated on the area around the Apollo 15 sight, incredible mountains and craters. I only wish I was better at imaging, but for my experience and equipment I'm happy.
  9. Remember, the first astronomers, and they probably didn't even call themselves that, had only their eyes and mind when they gazed into the night sky. Look up at the growing moon with the wonder a child feels. See the shape of a constellation in the stars for the first time, as you tell yourself 'Now I see it!' Wait for a shooting star and think at that very moment, you could be the only human alive to see the end of something billions of years in existence. I get frustrated too, but even as I walk in to go to work, the last thing I do is look up into the night sky to see what's there. The sky above us is endless, as is our possibilties learning it.
  10. Welcome to the SGL from Florida. This is an incredible group. Enjoy the insanity.
  11. Did this in late February, got to looking at the images and noticed the , whatever on two of the images. I changed the ISO and speed to get a decent image. The blue-greenish smudge is there in both. Maybe something on the lens? Funny, it's only on two.
  12. Very nice. Since I've got back into seriously looking up, I have learned to appreciate Luna much more.
  13. Does your build use a threaded rod being turned to lift the door? The itsy motor i've on mine turns 1 rpm and it's works pretty good.
  14. Personally, I'm trying reverse psychology. I love looking at clouds!! Seeing those bright dots and that huge glowing orb in the sky scares me and doesn't let me sleep! And if I can't see the sun, I'll never have to pay for sunscreen!! By the way. So far it hasn't worked.
  15. A few days ago I gave up on Mercury and let it get darker. Turned to Orion nebula with my 8" dob, Canon SL1 prime focus. Had to go high ISO and even 1 second exposure I see some stretching in the stars. No processing.
  16. I use a Canon SL1 and even when I'm certain I have it focused perfectly, sometimes on the computer it's a bit out. I try a very bright star or even a planet when I'm lucky to have one visible. Keeping saying I'm going to get my computer out with the camera. but just haven't yet. Hang in there and enjoy the fun you're having with your daughter.
  17. I feel for you. We, my wife and i , have spoken with our neighbors three times over the past year with no avail. They're big claim is security for the firestation. To my West, I can see very little below 45 degrees above the horizon, but my biggest issue is when I look into my dob, pointed East, I'm facing into their lights. There goes my night adaptation.
  18. Because of our El Nino weather system, evenings have been in the pits. But for several days, early morning has been a much awaited pleasure. Went out at 3:30 to look at the moon, only to see Jupiter really standing out not far from the moon. I spent thirty minutes or so, amazed by the detail showing along the terminator. As I watched, small bright diamonds would appear in the darkness as the sunlight illuminated peaks of some still hidden higher terrain. Unable to resist Jupiter's lure. I had to turn to it. It's four large moon were spread out to each side, shining brilliantly. It's equatorial bands were visible, but not as clearly as they were this time last year. Turning to Venus which had finally cleared some trees I'm not willing to part with, I could make out its crescent, even with the thin fog that was starting to set in. Even Scorpio was visible to the lower right of Luna and Jupiter. Three planets (including the one I stood one), five moons and the constellation my birth month ties me to, made a good tally. Really made for an enjoyable morning. Quapla!!
  19. Thanks! Using Wouter's image, I was able to look at my image on the computer and determine what I was looking at. Although not as clear as in Wouter's image, Armstrong is a definite score. Aldrin, appears to be there, it moves with the image if I scroll the image side to side, but it's not like Armstrong. Makes me smile to think I could image something 4km at that distance. Gives me hope for better things ahead.
  20. Excellent image. I'm always amazed by the details when using good equipment.
  21. Used an Orion 8" F4.9 dob. No tracking. Single image, no processing from canon SL1, eyepiece projection with 23mm lens + 1.5 barlow. My Internet is this smart phone, so I don't get the image resolution I do with the images on my computer. I believe I can make out two of the three, on the computer image, but I'm seeing numerous small craters. The area I have highlighted is the right area isn't it? And thanks for the replies. it is a pleasure dealing with people here who are so willing to share their knowledge.
  22. With the terminator getting close this morning I tried to image these three small craters. I'm sure I'm in the right location. When I start blowing the image up on my computer, the quality gets grainy, but I think I could make out two of the three. Any advice and help from those more experienced would be appreciated.
  23. After seeing your heads up for #1, I went out this evening. Sure enough, Mercury is showing about 15 or 20 degrees above my horizon. There was some haze making viewing poor, but using a 4mm I could make it out as a definite crescent. With a 10mm in my 8" dob, it was quite small, but your could tell it wasn't a round orb. From the Internet I see its 108 million miles from Earth. That distance really eliminates the size difference it is compared to the moon.
  24. I humbly apologize! I will never again complain about high 30's being cold.
  25. Though my nights seemed to still be cursed with low clouds and fog, the evenings and early mornings have allowed Luna to show her splendor. Just a single shot from just before sunrise.
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