State Of The Moons Tonight

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14 Responses to State Of The Moons Tonight

  1. Nicholas Schroeder says:

    What magnification and aperture?

  2. Astronomer = moon starer

  3. RAH says:

    When you get to a place with really dark and clear skies a search for M31 the Andromeda Galaxy may yield an interesting target. You should be able to pick it out as a faint fuzzy. Not much in the way of detail but it’s just cool to know your looking at it.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey RAH! Good suggestion. Most people don’t realize, but the Andromeda Galaxy is actually quite large in the sky, just very faint. It covers an area of the sky several times that of the moon. If Tony can do a long exposure he can probably get a really nice photo!

    • sunsettommy says:

      Big Binoculars will make it show up better as an elongated fuzzy cigar shape. I have a 9×63 that does it well.

      In the 25″ F5 Obsession Telescope I used to own,you can see the smaller galaxies easily right around the big one,even a faint galaxy cluster nearby on a very good night in the dark mountains.

      • Jason Calley says:

        Ha! A 25″??!! OK, OK, you win the aperture contest! :)

        • RAH says:

          Yep Mines a 10″. And to be honest I will probably never go over that. Instead I would get a 10″ Mead LX 200 with all the bells and whistles.

          • sunsettommy says:

            You can buy a good used 17.5″ Dobsonian Newtonian for less than the cost of the Meade 10″.

            But it depends on what you want it for. The Meade would be great for astro photography if handled well.

            I preferred Dobsonian set ups,but did own two different Celestron scopes, the 8″ Classic and the 11″ full drive set up,before I went to the big stuff.

        • sunsettommy says:

          There were even bigger ones at the 1992 regional Table Mountain star party. I remember John Dobson appearing to float off the ground as he was looking at John Castino’s 36″ F4,which was just assembled saying this is gonna to be jolly,gonna to be jolly,jolly!

          Of course I was in line that night, as John was given the honor to operate it for a while. He was only 77 then but so full of energy! He passed away at age 98,in 2014.

          Saw the biggest one at the 1998 Ochoco Mountains Regional star party in central Oregon,where the FORTY inch was set up! 40″ F 4.

          The 25″ I owned cost me $10,000 in 1996, the trailer I stored and traveled with, was another $2,000 and a couple thousand more for the 2″ Oculars. Sold it all away in 2001,after 15 years of fun. Still have the Big Binoculars and a few old items I keep for the memories.

          • sunsettommy says:

            Sold it all in 2011.

          • Jason Calley says:

            I have an old home made 12.5inch f6 Dob at home. Have not used it much for almost 20 years but hope to retire soon and get the old mirror recoated and the Dob back into use. The first time my future-wife-to-be visited my apartment, she was curious why I “had a water heater in the living room”!

    • RAH says:

      Come fall and winter when it gets higher in the sky Orion will be another great target. A great test of the fidelity and magnification of the optics one is using is seeing how many new blue giant stars and proto stars one can pick out of the Nebula.
      The longer and harder one looks the more they see. By “harder” I mean putting that eyeball on the eyepiece and leaving it there and really concentrating on seeing as much as one can.

      I have also always been fascinated by Betelgeuse. That great red supergiant is so large that if it were our sun it would almost reach Jupiter. The idea that the thing may have already gone Super Nova and the light/energy from the explosion has just not reached us yet since the star is 640 light years away intrigues me.

      • sunsettommy says:

        There are ways to improve the ability to see it in the eyepiece.

        1) Take regular deep breaths shortly before looking,the area behind the eyes getting more O2,increases seeing ability a bit.
        2) Shroud your head with a big dark towel to make the ocular area darker.
        3) Block stray stray light from entering the Binoculars and Telescopes,to improve contrast.
        4) Use the deep sky light pollution filter,to enhance contrast.
        5) Have good rest and drink plenty of fluids,before viewing.

  4. RAH says:

    Getting even better on Saturn!

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