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About oldfruit

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  1. What a great write up. The sketches are top notch too, giving an Idea of what to expect at the eyepiece. This is one article I will be referring back to again.
  2. A wonderful club meeting observing night 18/01/2020 By chance we all me up at Badger Farm., our dark site in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The sky was clear and it looked to be a promising night, early on hazy cloud came over and there was a feeling that this could be it for the night but we waited patiently and were rewarded with a lovely clear sky. We managed to do a lot of observing tonight, both naked eye and through the telescopes. We also managed to show some of our new visitors some of the brighter objects, which is always nice as it presents us with the opportunity to show members objects in the sky that they would otherwise probably not see. The Orion nebula is always a showpiece through any scope but tonight through the large dob the amount of detail was jaw dropping. This object takes magnification well and when the magnification was increased more and more detail became visible within the billowing clouds of the nebula. The Pleiades star cluster in Taurus showed clear indications of being embedded in delicate milky nebulosity and the stars were bright and pin sharp. We had a look at the Eskimo nebula in Gemini and again tonight good detail was showing. M81 and M82 were both looking really impressive in the large dob, M82 showing a lot of detail with varying surface brightness, brighter knots and two distinct dark lanes. M81 showing an extended halo but not giving up the faint spiral arms, at least not tonight. M31 in Andromeda was showing a very distinct dark dust lane and even the inexperienced new observers remarked upon it. M33 in Triangulum was visible but faint and not giving up much detail, but to be fair I should have spent more time on this to tease more detail. Paul Cotton drew our attention to a comet, I forget the name but the comet was easily visible and was showing a faint downward extension which was the tail of the comet. It is always nice to see these unscheduled objects and was a nice addition to the nights targets. We had a look at the Leo Triplet of galaxies once they had cleared the trees and they all showed great detail, the two main galaxies showed not only bright cores but also extended halo`s, and the fainter NGC member of the triplet showing a dark lane dividing the upper and lower parts of the galaxy. The Owl nebula in Ursa Major showed a clear ghostly disc with hints of the eyes. The addition of an O111 filter enhanced the contrast of the view and made the nebula stand out more clearly against the back ground sky. Numerous other galaxies and clusters were observed last night but the hi-light of the night for me was M51, the whirlpool galaxy, showing a clear spiral with direct vision! showing brighter areas within the arms, what was more amazing was that the galaxy was not particularly high in the sky (approx. 30 degrees) so this object will give some real wow moments when it is higher up.
  3. Excellent report. I have observed the brighter ark of the bubble nebula with my 12 inch dob previously on a night of good transparency from our dark site in the Lincolnshire Wolds. I would Imagine it should be easier in my 20 inch. From what I have seen of M31 through the 20 I can only say wow and that was on an average night. I am sure your view was outstanding, especially as it is so high now. I would be interested to hear more of your observations of M33. Not tried the Horse Head yet but your report certainly gives motivation to give it a try. Some really interesting targets in your report. Can`t wait to give them a go. Mark
  4. The Saturn Nebula and the Cats Eye Nebula also show colour when I have observed them through my 12 inch dob.
  5. My 20 inch dob. Acquired this year. Proving a great scope so far. Recent adition is the 80mm finder visible in the picture. I hope that this will be my forever scope.
  6. Plus 1 for the Paracorr Type 2, makes a massive difference, I use one in my 20 inch f4 and the difference is astounding. Enjoy, Mark
  7. Great read, loved your report and having recently acquired a 20 inch dob myself, I can totally relate to the experience. Aperture under the right conditions really does allow you to go deep and reveals structure and detail in objects that were smudges when observed previously. A colleague from our local club remarked that he had never seen the Veil Nebula in such detail, I had to agree. Wishing you many more cloud free nights. Mark
  8. There are many areas that now turn off street lights after midnight. Whilst this might not be ideal it does present us with an opportunity to observe from home under minimal light pollution and may solve the issues you are experiencing with the street lights? Mark
  9. I Have not read the entire thread. I have dabbled in both visual and astrophotography. I have enjoyed them both for different and also similar reasons. When imaging you can reveal far more detail than you are able to pick out visually, Also you can more readily share your results. You can only share your results visually if you are observing with a colleague I came to a bit of a crossroads recently where I wanted to make a substantial purchase. I could have bought myself a decent imaging rig or a large dob. I opted for the large dob as I love being out under clear dark skies, hunting out obscure faint fuzzies which I have found with my eyes, no go-to, no motor drives, just good old fashioned visual astronomy. I have had and been fortunate enough to share some "wow" moments when observing visually and am hopeful that they will keep coming since I have upgraded my scope. I think it all comes down to personal preference but for me and most of our club, visual all the way.
  10. I have to agree John, whilst it may be present it is not too bothersome and probably not so noticeable to my inexperienced eye. At F/4 it was glaringly obvious, hence the initial enquiry.
  11. Yes it was with the 20 inch, not used it in the 12 inch yet but at F5 coma was much less of an issue, though still present.
  12. Not at all. The more input and information the better.
  13. Hi and welcome, also in Lincolnshire.
  14. I am happy to report that I managed a short observing session the other night and wow, what a difference a Paracorr makes. Using a 28mm Skywatcher Nirvana I used the middle setting on the Paracorr and with a slight tweak it was great, flat field almost to the edge with minimal coma on the very edges of the FOV. I can see that my observing experience will be much improved in the coming months. Thank you all for the help and advice. Mark
  15. Many thanks, I will try both methods. Mark
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