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wookie1965

Comparing my 4" to Nick`s new Helios

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wookie1965    1,574

Went out 7.30 got set up 2 star alignment Regulus and Procyon.  

NGC  2281 first nice spread out cluster just to check I was hitting targets.  h3945 SAO 1733 49 lovely blue and yellow (winter Albireo) M 41 and Beta Mon next but they where right behind my screen I had to make to block the street light out.

15 Mon if this is a double I could not split it lovely yellow/orange colour at the base of NGC 2264 ( Christmas tree cluster)

M 47 nice small cluster M 46 if I was in the right place very sparse with a bright orange star 2 o'clock in FOV.

M 50 sparse cluster this one nothing to shout about. M 48 in Hydra now this was a cracker plenty of stars.

Into Ursa Major now 

53 UMa  SAO 0624 84  orange/red but I could not split it.

65 UMa  SAO 0439 45 easy split these twins 

Sigma 2 UMa SAO 0147 88 bright yellow delicate companion at the 10 o'clock position.

57 UMa SAO 0625 72  Main white star red companion at 3 o'clock with a delicate off the companion at 1 o'clock.

3 testers 

Tegmine Zeta Cancri SAO 0976 45  could not pull out the third star even at X200  with my 5 mm not got anything higher than this.

Iota Cancri another winter Albireo SAO 0804 15 beautiful bright yellow with a smaller blue companion.

Phi 2 Cancri  08h 26m 08  +26 56  tight  double both the same split with the 11mm Televue better than the 15mm BST.

By this time I was in loads of pain and freezing I was about to turn my attention to Cassiopeia just to finish off with another challenge Iota Cass but clouds had come over so packed up, my son came out carried all heavy stuff in. 

Not a bad night and now I have adjusted the dovetail and started ignoring the bubble on the mount using a small level instead hitting the targets I am so pleased. 

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Stu    16,493

Good stuff Paul. Need to give Tegmine another look soon, plus all these winter alberios everyone keeps talking about :) 

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wookie1965    1,574
1 minute ago, Stu said:

Good stuff Paul. Need to give Tegmine another look soon, plus all these winter alberios everyone keeps talking about :) 

Both of them where really colourful  very easy to discern the yellow and blue. 

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Pig    5,188

Fantastic night by the sounds of it Paul.... the skies are looking pretty good outside here atm, another few hours and the planets will be up 😀

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chiltonstar    1,552

Very nice! 4" is certainly a good compromise for doubles - mine has given 30 years service, and is still a winner.

Chris

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wookie1965    1,574

Thank you for the reply`s seeing wasn't the best as I have split Tegmine before and I`m hampered now with the screen cannot visit anything in the south. Orion looked brilliant just could not go to it:happy8:

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