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Well I have still not plucked up the courage to collimate yet as I'm not 100%confident just yet
however managed to sneak out last night and got the best view of Jupiter to date.
Set up my 8" dob with a 2x Barlow and my new BST eye piece.
Stunning clear views of the bands and swirls and a clear view of the GRS. Small but definitely GRS. Brilliant
Accidentally came across a galaxy. Not too far north. Anyone know what it may have been. Looked yellow/orange quite blurred and oblong in shape ??
Well viewing has not been great over my area lately so i took to my camera to see if i could get some shots in of Jupiter with the stars around it, i shot these images with my NIKON D5300 and the standard kit lens of 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 DX, i was getting bored and have been wanting to try and do the milky way shots that you see everyday and look truly great, although i was not aiming for the milky way, what i was trying to use as my center point was Jupiter, i was quite amazed at how many stars i was picking up considering the great street light of heavensvile lol slap bang outside my window, anyway my shots are below if anybody is interested in taking a look and offering some advice.
Also forgot to mention that some of the shots was taken with my Tamron 70-200mm lens, but most was shot with the 55mm kit lens i got with the camera.
By Victor Boesen
Since I got interested in astronomy, my dream telescope has always been a ten inch dob. A few days ago I got the skywatcher 250px dob which I bought together with three explore scientific 82 degree eyepieces.
Two days ago I had my first light, but collimation was a tad off. I collimated it the day after, and had even clearer skies.
First of all, I could see more colours in the stars than I could with my old 6 inch reflector. After collimating the scope I could also see spikes on the bright stars, but precise spikes.
I began with star hopping to m81 and m82. For this I used my 24mm 2" eyepiece. This eyepiece is very nice for star hopping. When star hopping, you can clearly identify these galaxies when you see them. Even tho the sky wasn't totally dark I could still see m82 as a long pencil while m81 was more of a blob. when it became darker m81 was more like an elongated disk.
The next target was jupiter since it had just swung into view from my balcony. On stellarium it said that Io would cast its shadow onto the disk, so I wanted to try and see if I could see the shadow. I observed with the 14mm explore scientific at 85x and the cloud bands stood out bright and with loads of contrast. I tried with my 4,7mm but I found that it was a bit too much magnification (255x). I then tried the 14mm with my 2,5x barlow which gave me 214x and this worked out better, but not as good as with the 14mm only. I think the sweet spot for me would be with an 8,8mm eyepiece (added to wishlist).
At one point observing jupiter, the jetstream was very calm so I had a crisp jupiter with a shadow as clear as a black dot on a piece of white paper through the hole field of view.
I found it very easy to nudge the scope from a to b, and when I was on target, the view was crisp and clear even from inner city where I live.
I have never seen jupiter this clear, not even from a rural area with the milky way visible.
Double transits of Io and Europa across Jupiter, shot just after midnight with the Orion Deep Space Video Camera II through the Orion 127mm Mak. Io's shadow is more prominent on the left, on the upper belt. Europa's shadow is smaller and is located on the extreme upper right of Jupiter (above the belt); it peeks in and out because of the less-than-optimal seeing. Also, enjoy some original space music by my band, THE FALSE DAWN, La Langue des Sentiments (The Language of Feeling).