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  1. It makes sense moving the telescope, since our eyes and brains are better at detecting movement than they are at defining contrast
  2. Thanks for the reply! I figured out as much! No worries from me. Back on topic, I remember reading somewhere that using filters on M33 might be beneficial to reveal it. Anyone can comment on that?
  3. Well, that exlpains a lot! I'm just a little bit paranoid with cyber security, so I thought I had a breach for a second there... In any case, several Messier objects are very far north, which makes them difficult targets for us Southerners. I do plan on visiting Spain again, maybe next year, with a Stargazing trip to Sierra Morena if I can afford it. There I plan to observe all those hidden Messier objects near the Zenith! I'll just have to familiarize myself with the upside down sky...
  4. You can see my IP address? How?! On a more serious note! Thanks! It's nice to be part of such awesome community! I'll be back to my observing site next month, probably with a new set of EPs. Instead of stock plossls, I'll have a set of Morpheus and a APM 30mm. I wonder how much easier it will be to observe M33 and other faint fuzzies, since there's a lot less EOFB and less scatter in those better EPs. Clear skies!
  5. I have a similar 12 inch Dob (Orion XT12i, F4.9). I'm planning on buying the following: APM UFF 30mm, Baader Morpheus 14mm, 9mm, 6.5mm. I also have a shorty barlow, x2, from GSO, in case I need very high power on nights of exceptional seeing. This array gives me 50x, 107x, 167x and 230x at 70-76 degrees of AFOV.
  6. Dark nights and dark adaptation, as well as some experience and persistance are essential to see M33 (and other faint DSOs). I'm relatively new in astronomy, having started just a few months ago. After several nights attempting I could finally see M33 last weekend. It was a "Gotcha!" moment, and I was very happy. I was impressed with what I saw. It was very faint and fuzzy, however I could discern some heterogeneous structure and the impression of spiral arms. It's a hard object to see, but the challenge was well worth it. The night was relatively good. Bortle 4, no clouds or moon, but
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