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Chefgage

Tonight looks good

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Checked the weather earlier and around midnight looks to be 0% cloud. Also no work tomorrow means I can stay out as late as I want!

Heading out in an hour or so armed with this, my trusty copy of sky atlas and my nearly empty roll of tape which is near enough the field of view of my finder scope.

Wish me luck!! :)

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good luck, im gutted it dont look to bad here atm but work in morning

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It's not too bad down here in the west country. Hope you have a good session :smiley:

Thats my favourite star map as well !

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Clouded over here now, but was clear earlier on. Managed to bag Mercury briefly, and the third night also of also tracking Vesta in its orbit. Came in early because it was blumming cold. My feet are still warming up! Good luck with your observations tonight! :) 

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Silly question maybe, but what is the tape for? 

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4 minutes ago, Knighty2112 said:

Silly question maybe, but what is the tape for? 

Its not so much the tape but the holder its on. The hole is pretty much what I see through tue finderscope so i place that on the star chart

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21 minutes ago, wookie1965 said:

I'm gutted clear skies here but mount needs fixing. 

I have had a couple of clear skies but i needed to collimate the scope. Having never done it before i decided not to go out with the scope untill i learnt how to do it.

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21 minutes ago, Chefgage said:

Its not so much the tape but the holder its on. The hole is pretty much what I see through tue finderscope so i place that on the star chart

Ok. Now it makes sense! :) 

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1 minute ago, Chefgage said:

I have had a couple of clear skies but i needed to collimate the scope. Having never done it before i decided not to go out with the scope untill i learnt how to do it.

Took me 2 days first time a friend flocked my 150p I watched him strip it down and put it back and collimating it. Now takes me minutes after I got the 200p stripped that cleaned the mirror flocked it when came to collimate only took 5 minutes. It does get easier. 

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31 minutes ago, Knighty2112 said:

Clouded over here now, but was clear earlier on. Managed to bag Mercury briefly, and the third night also of also tracking Vesta in its orbit. Came in early because it was blumming cold. My feet are still warming up! Good luck with your observations tonight! :) 

Get some heat holder socks they are £5 but they are 2.3tog lovely and warm. 

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6 minutes ago, wookie1965 said:

Took me 2 days first time a friend flocked my 150p I watched him strip it down and put it back and collimating it. Now takes me minutes after I got the 200p stripped that cleaned the mirror flocked it when came to collimate only took 5 minutes. It does get easier. 

I think i understand the collimating process now. It seemed very complicated when i first started reading about it but in reality it seemed quite easy when i had a go

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7 minutes ago, wookie1965 said:

Get some heat holder socks they are £5 but they are 2.3tog lovely and warm. 

Thanks. I'll look into it! Cheers! :) 

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Clear skies for me tonight, however the neighbours have decided to fit a lovely new security light which flicks on every time a move?. ...Now where's that rock ?

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Still clear here but a touch milky for serious deep sky stuff. I'm waiting for Jupiter to rise a bit further but managed to find comet Johnson in Hercules just now. Rather small and insignificant I thought. I also reminded myself where Markarian's Chain (of galaxies) was in Coma Berenices. Rather surprisinly managed to see around 8 or 9 of those but there will be better nights for that.

Just had a peek at M13 and M97 rising in Hercules. Decent resolution for their limited altitude but they will be better still in a few weeks time.

Hoping Jupiter will be nice but the GRS is out of view until the early hours :rolleyes2:

 

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Could anyone tell me if that's a moon passing over Jupiter right now or the GRS please, my skies have now become a little cloudy now

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2 minutes ago, Gary170782 said:

Ignore that. I just read what John wrote above my comment.

Currently Europa going across the face of Jupiter. GRS coming into view around 02:25. 

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There is a moon and it's shadow shadow curently in transit - Europa I believe.

Edit: Gus beat me to it !

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Slightly hazy conditions made good steady seeing for the cloudbelts tonight pity about the wind gusts though.

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How do you guys get a view of Jupiter good enough to see the shadow of a moon transit?  I am certain my views so far would not have been clear/sharp enough to see this.  What sort of X magnification shows that sort of detail please?

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I was using 199x last night with my 12" dobsonian. I think the transit shadow would have been visible with a smaller scope at lower magnifications though. Probably a 4" scope at around 130x or so would show it as a tiny dark dot against the jovian surface. You sometimes initally think that there is a piece of grit or similar on your eyepiece !

 

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Well that did not go to plan. It was looking favourable at about 11pm, still plenty of small clouds but they looked to be clearing. Decided to go out to get a look at jupiter while the clouds fully cleared but they didnt. Instead more and more clouds appeared, then the fog came in!!

so gave up and went to bed.

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Thanks John, so If I've got a 1200mm FL I think that means I should be approaching similar magnification with a 6-7mm EP in mine - in actual fact that seems to be about the maximum that I can get any improved views with.  I've tried higher magnifications it doesn't seem to improve things beyond that.  I'll look out for that 'dirt' on my lens LOL!

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