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About SuburbanMak

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    Beginner, mainly visual, sliding toward DSLR /iPhone Prime Focus/Afocal imaging, cluster-fan, dabbling with doubles, light-polluted DSOs, tooled-up for planetary & lunar, grab & go a must.
    Telescopes & Mount : Skywatcher Skymax 127 Mak, Skywatcher StarTravel 80, AZ GTi goto
    Eyepieces: Baader Hyperion 24mm fixed, Baader Hyperion 8-24mm & 2.25 Barlow. SW Super 10mm & 25mm. 
    Other stuff:  SW 9x50 & Telrad finder,  Celestron Nature 10x50 ED Bins, Helios Fieldmaster 7x50 Bins.  Nikon D80, D90.  
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  1. Thank you - looking forward to viewing M13 across the spring & summer. For me globulars are fascinating objects - of the galaxy but outside it &, although relatively local ,I do find it fires the imagination to think that the light I am viewing started it’s journey 22,000 years ago, man would have been recognisable as the same species as today but sparsely distributed hunter gatherers, before the agricultural revolution and anything like recorded history. Bet the skies were dark back then! Maybe I’ve just been staring down the eyepiece too long...
  2. Thank you & good luck with the imaging - I was thinking double stars might be a good way into it but only have Alt Az at the moment. Can I ask what mount you are using?
  3. Absolutely second this opinion - as a Dad of teenagers I can say that anything phone controlled is going to hold their attention! This can be run from any android or iPhone/iPad and what’s more it works. A short tube refractor like this has a number of advantages - especially when teamed with an easy GoTo mount. The main one being that you can see a wider section of sky to begin with so it’s easier to find things which is a big issue when starting to use a telescope - failure can be very off putting. Also portability means that this could go on camping trips etc. I use mine wit
  4. Follow up - have got out with the ST80 twice in the last few days - especially when the session is short or motivation to set up low it's a great option. Have been really impressed with its optical capability, here are notes from those sessions which given the full moon have focussed on double stars - but also got a lovely unexpected view of M13! Am finding that the ST80 is great for figuring out where stuff is, then I can revisit later with the Mak for a higher power view. Took it out on the AZ GTi and its a great pairing, the scope's light weight seemed to tax the mount less than the 127 Ma
  5. So I set out with a varied target list, based around coloured doubles, a couple of solar system ideas & lots of recommendations from fine SGL-ers. Still have a few to chase down but three good sessions since Thursday, random notes below.... 25.2 - 8-9.30pm ST80, BH Zoom, Steady seeing. 97% moon transparency: occasional high milkiness. N. Aligned Sirius Aldebaran Goto Mars, accurate - nice gibbous disc but tiny. Goto Uranus - probably, faint, greenish, maybe - not a point, not a disc. M45 - bit disappointed then realised I still had the Barlow on from Mars/U
  6. This is a great report - I was out last night on some more obvious doubles so there is food for thought here both in terms of targets and the methodical descriptive language you use in your notes - mine are a bit haphazard so far!
  7. Is looking pretty good here Clear skies to you too!
  8. @LeeHore7 thanks for the namecheck - I've only just started with them too so likewise this is a great report & some new targets to aim for! I've seen a couple of stars referred to as the Winter Alberio - think it may be one of those "Venice of the North" type terms that gets used a lot - the main consensus does seem to be H3945/ CM145. This image is fun though from @orion25 Here's a map of where H3945 is - last night I followed the "back leg" of Canis Major straight upward for about the same distance (+maybe 10%) with the RDF and this put it s
  9. Also M67 in Cancer S. of the Beehive, a bit fainter but full of red Orange stars and appatently very very old.
  10. I am ending up with a much richer list than I started with and a good spread of difficulty - should be fun. Saw your amazing photo of Uranus and have added that to the list too.
  11. Thank you! These are on the list of things I am yet to find at all, even on a moonless night, so will put them on my aspirational list for this weekend
  12. I will certainly have a look for this, Leo is quite well placed for me by mid evening - also a couple of clear nights on the trot offer the opportunity to track the movement, have never seen an asteroid before! Thanks for the time and effort @Nik271 , much appreciated.
  13. Hi Jim Sounds like you have an enviable location there! Forgive me if this is too basic but thought I would share my experience of coming back to astronomy as an adult, something I'd dabbled in as a kid. As has been said above the constellations will rise in the east and track a curving westward path across the night - so the short answer to your question on which direction is most interesting is "that depends what time and season it is". I've focussed on recognising the constellation patterns starting from the obvious ones I already knew like the Plough, Orion, the W/M
  14. I’ve spent a bit of time fruitlessly galaxy hunting, M33 included, however @Nik271 recommended sticking at it with some of the brighter centred types - M81 - so was planning to spend some time hunting that one. Spent a few sessions marvelling at M31 in bins during the autumn but your point makes me realise I haven’t tried in the new scope, I won’t see all of it in the field but will be worth checking out.
  15. Why not try your existing RDF alongside your new finder? RDF to get you in the general area & RACI to zero in. I ended up with the Telrad + 9x50 combination and its revolutionised finding objects that are faint or in "no-mans land" away from an obvious star hop. Certainly some sort of combo is the most powerful in terms for satisfaction per viewing hour
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