jjosefsen Posted January 15, 2017 Share Posted January 15, 2017 Two weeks since I got my scope - apart from brief glimpses of the moon which really impressed, the weather had been against me - wind, rain, hail and wall to wall cloudcover. So last night while making supper I spotted Venus and Mars out the window, slightly above and to the right of the really annoying, bright streetlight in my front yard. Quickly threw it in the oven, pleaded the mrs. to watch our son, and dragged the scope outside for a quick peek. The wind was gusting pretty good and that damn streetlamp was shining almost straight down the scope, and it was blinding me. Not good conditions! I put my 25mm UWA EP and ligned Venus in the finder, the milky white disc was clearly visible, so I upped the magnification to 150x and looked at the slightly larger disc, I was looking at another planet!! I switched to Mars, same procedure - Startede small and went up to 150x, it was so small and the wind was shaking the scope a lot, so couldn't really see much, still it was cool though! I decided to leave the scope out, as there were some big clear patches of sky inbetween all the thick clouds. After dinner I went out and checked the sky, huge clear patch of skies overhead and towards the south and west, time to finally get a good viewing of something other than the Moon! My bag was already packed (it has been for a week and a half now!) so I grabbed some warm clothes and the scope and walked the 7-10 minutes from my house to the nearby hill I had selected as my closest decent site (on the outksirts of town). Instead of going all the way to the top, i stopped 3/4 of the way up. where there was a clearing in the trees, a small bench and I could hide from the Moon behind some trees. I could clearly see the milkyway across the sky, so beautiful..! The target was Orion, more specifically The Great Orion Nebubla. I got a pretty good polar alignment I think, in the first go and i started by finding the nebula on the finder scope, was very easy as I could see the light fuzz naked eyed. 25mm UWA again, and could instantly see a dark, greenish cloud around a bright core. I was to say the least excited! I screwed in my SW UHC filter and *POP* suddenly I could see more structure, although it was harder to see the green hue, and i swear there were sort of darkish tentacles (for lack of a better word) reaching out from the center of the nebula. I tried the 2x barlow in front of the filter and the 25mm EP and I could see more detail in the nebula, what a wow moment! After having gazed at that for a good while, and playing with the magnification (I only have 2 EP's and a barlow) and seeing the trapezium, I think I saw 6 stars, does that sound right? I switched to Sigma Orionis and could split the double or tripple or what ever that system is, it was a lot of fun! Aaaand thats when the clouds rolled in.. I stayed out for another half hour drinking hot chocolate and hoping for another hole in the clouds, but it would not come. Still a very good first session I think, and tonight im going out again, not a cloud in sight and the wind has died down. Im super excited about the site im going to tonight, its about a 10-15 minute drive, followed by another 5 - 10 minute walk. It's a very small hilltop (dune really) with a wooden observation deck, bench and table and I don't think there is a man made light in sight! Its pretty much directly in between the two main towns on this little island. //Clear skies from a very excited newbie! 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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