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Getting back into astronomy after many years. Really tasted the thrill as a youngster: eg
Jupiter Saturn conj of 1981 viewed through a 4" refractor
Splitting the double on the 'tip of the sword' of Cygnus - which as I recall were red and green.
Naked eye all night sessions in Spain and New Zealand.
For the last couple of weeks I have been getting off to dark skies a few miles from where I live and using 8x32's and I have just bought some used Celestron (Echelon) 16x70's which came a couple of days ago - since which time, in accordance with the Laws of Physics, the skies have been cloudy!
I am probably going to get an Orion parallelogram tripod, but there are long waiting times - in the meantime would love to know of any advice people may have on monopods / heads and a mount that will fix to the Echelons.
Date: 8 Jan 2018 Binos: APM 16x70 ED (Monopod) Filters: 1x Castell UHC
Last night saw another lovely black sky but the "Helm wind" had kicked up from the Pennines
After popping out and back in from 7-30 thru 10-30, I decided that the Dob would not be coming out or more accurately the shed roof would not be opened tonight
Not wanting to waste the sky and with my new binos ready and waiting inside, I switched plan and got myself (& the binos) ready.
I fitted my new 1.25" Castell UHC filter inside the left eyecup. I added my 2x camping mat dew shields, fitted the monopod & trigger and finally stuck my ipad into into waterproof case.
I got all my warm gear on and took everything outside onto the garden table.
My plan was to use Sky Safari on the ipad (I had added new "equipment" to cover the binos so it was displaying a target circle to the FOV of the binos) and setup on Orion...
M42 - showed as a nice bright cloud, I seemed "bigger" than last time out. I tried switching from one eye to the other to see the UHC difference but I did not find it easy to tell (I was wearing "old" contact lenses as an alternative to my glasses and my eyes have changed in the last 18 months to make close up reading easier without my glasses so this ruined the test). Individual eyepiece focusing definately helps.
Rosette - found easily. I recognized the star cluster in the centre as I had spend a long time on this target with the dob the previous night The nebula was faint but visible, it really is a good size!
Cone - onto the christmas tree cluster (easy) but no nebula was seen.
Seagull neb - I found a definite patch in the right area. Can you see the seagull neb in your binos?
M46, 47 - two nice clusters left of sirius.
M48 - another good one
M67 - easy and bright
Beehive - A biggie, stay a while to count the stars...
Scanning Leo, there seems to be either regular fuzzies or the fainter stars are appearing as fuzzies. Should I expect to be able to see faint messier galaxies in Leo with binos?
Pleiades - Lovely and bright. Getting higher for my neck!
Crab M1 - Got it. I failed on this last time out. But bagged it twice tonight. Was it the UHC or just better control of the monopod?
California neb = no. nothing.
M37,38,36 - trio of clusters. nice as they are all different. There was more stuff in this area (I forgot about the flaming star), need to come back but my neck...
M31, 110 & 32 - Onto Andromeda, easy. Big but not as nice as last time out. M110 was much fainter tonight and M32 took some staring to get it.
Into Cassiopia ...
Double cluster - lovely. shame its so high. There was plenty going on in the vacinity too. Something nice to the lower right? Just "too many things to identify" and my neck...
Carolines Rose - Center on CapH and there's Carolines rose in the fov.
Onto the Plough...
M51 - easy
M101 - harder to locate but I found it. Dimmer than M51
Owl neb - Faint but there. Is this the UHC benefit or is it always seen in binos?
Overall an enjoyable session. A few misses on my part but you can't get everything unless you make a list before you go out!
Quite a few questions above. Would be grateful if anyone can comment on some of them