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  • Brian
    Hey Joe D, Nice observing report. Glad you are enjoying my ex scope. keep us informed. thanks Brian ... From: Joe D. To:
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 2, 2000
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      Hey Joe D,
      Nice observing report. Glad you are enjoying my ex scope. keep us
      informed.
      thanks
      Brian
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Joe D. <Max405@...>
      To: <UncensoredTakGroup@egroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2000 12:27 PM
      Subject: [UncensoredTakGroup] Great experience with FC-100 in the desert


      > Hello everyone.
      > I just wanted to share a great experience I had not long ago. I took
      > my fc100 with me to a recent trip to Las Vegas. The scope at about 32
      > inches long was OK to carry on the plane. The Gibralter mount was
      > checked as luggage in a hard shell golf bag case. It arrived safely.
      >
      > I went out to Mt Charleston which is approximately 45-50 miles
      > northwest of the city. The night was perfect. A stillness in the air
      > made me feel as though I was on the moon. Cool. The scope came out
      > and within 5 minutes I was taking in sites of familiar objects in a
      > whole new dimension. M31 and its satellite galaxies were almost 3
      > dimensional in appearance. The dark dust lane was very obvious. The
      > smaller satellite galaxies just hung there and were brilliant. The
      > double cluster was also 3d. You can actually see the background stars
      > and the ones in the foreground. M1 was larger than I remember seeing
      > it before, showing faint tenticles in the structure. M33 was also
      > popping with detail, with mottled arms. M97 with one eye was visable
      > just above the mountain tops as was M108. M81 and 82 were magnificent
      > and got better as i raised the magnification. I almost forgot that
      > Jupiter and Saturn were in the sky as I was taking in all of these
      > deep sky sites with this little 4 inch work of excellence. When I
      > turned the scope towards Jupiter I nearly passed out. I counted 8
      > bands, and connections between the bands that I had never before
      > seen. All of the moons in my field of view were resolved to disks.
      > All I brought with me was 154x, but the scope probably could have
      > gone up to about 350x with ease and with no image breakdown. Saturn
      > was heartstopping. The Cassini division was carved right out of the
      > ring and the crepe ring was clearly discernable from the edge of the
      > ring, bordering the planet itself. Absolutley no false color was
      > detected. Pure perfectly focused light. It was amazing how
      > the "focus" position popped in any eyepiece. I found myself racking
      > in and out of focus just for the hell of it!! My wife who usually
      > looks into the eyepeice and tells me how nice the rings of Saturn
      > look (when I am focused on a cluster or something) was actually
      > enthusiastic about every look she took and actually passed my "what
      > do you see" pop quizzes.
      >
      > This scope has given me an experience that is actually hard to put
      > into words. Yeah, The views probably would have been even better with
      > a larger scope, but I wouldnt be able to get a larger scope out
      > there. The fc100 performed flawlessly. It is truely a remarkable
      > instrument. I have been blessed with this scope and I do realize how
      > fortunate I am. A luxury such as owning a Takahashi is something I
      > never thought I would experience. Life is good. Thank you all for
      > letting me share this with you.
      >
      > Sincerely, Joe D.
      >
      > Ps. Thanks B. L,J
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      >
      >
      >
    • Barry Carter
      You are indeed blessed brother! To view the heavens as they were meant to be seen in all its glory. While many of us slave and sacrifice for a respectable
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 4, 2000
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        You are indeed blessed brother! To view the heavens as they were
        meant to be seen in all its glory. While many of us slave and
        sacrifice for a respectable view; but alas, through light polluted
        skies. Thanks for letting us know what can be.
        ....Barry


        --- In UncensoredTakGroup@egroups.com, "Joe D." <Max405@n...> wrote:
        > Hello everyone.
        > I just wanted to share a great experience I had not long ago. I
        took
        > my fc100 with me to a recent trip to Las Vegas. The scope at about
        32
        > inches long was OK to carry on the plane. The Gibralter mount was
        > checked as luggage in a hard shell golf bag case. It arrived
        safely.
        >
        > I went out to Mt Charleston which is approximately 45-50 miles
        > northwest of the city. The night was perfect. A stillness in the
        air
        > made me feel as though I was on the moon. Cool. The scope came out
        > and within 5 minutes I was taking in sites of familiar objects in a
        > whole new dimension. M31 and its satellite galaxies were almost 3
        > dimensional in appearance. The dark dust lane was very obvious. The
        > smaller satellite galaxies just hung there and were brilliant. The
        > double cluster was also 3d. You can actually see the background
        stars
        > and the ones in the foreground. M1 was larger than I remember
        seeing
        > it before, showing faint tenticles in the structure. M33 was also
        > popping with detail, with mottled arms. M97 with one eye was
        visable
        > just above the mountain tops as was M108. M81 and 82 were
        magnificent
        > and got better as i raised the magnification. I almost forgot that
        > Jupiter and Saturn were in the sky as I was taking in all of these
        > deep sky sites with this little 4 inch work of excellence. When I
        > turned the scope towards Jupiter I nearly passed out. I counted 8
        > bands, and connections between the bands that I had never before
        > seen. All of the moons in my field of view were resolved to disks.
        > All I brought with me was 154x, but the scope probably could have
        > gone up to about 350x with ease and with no image breakdown. Saturn
        > was heartstopping. The Cassini division was carved right out of the
        > ring and the crepe ring was clearly discernable from the edge of
        the
        > ring, bordering the planet itself. Absolutley no false color was
        > detected. Pure perfectly focused light. It was amazing how
        > the "focus" position popped in any eyepiece. I found myself racking
        > in and out of focus just for the hell of it!! My wife who usually
        > looks into the eyepeice and tells me how nice the rings of Saturn
        > look (when I am focused on a cluster or something) was actually
        > enthusiastic about every look she took and actually passed my "what
        > do you see" pop quizzes.
        >
        > This scope has given me an experience that is actually hard to put
        > into words. Yeah, The views probably would have been even better
        with
        > a larger scope, but I wouldnt be able to get a larger scope out
        > there. The fc100 performed flawlessly. It is truely a remarkable
        > instrument. I have been blessed with this scope and I do realize
        how
        > fortunate I am. A luxury such as owning a Takahashi is something I
        > never thought I would experience. Life is good. Thank you all for
        > letting me share this with you.
        >
        > Sincerely, Joe D.
        >
        > Ps. Thanks B. L,J
      • Joe D.
        Barry, I wish I lived in the desert sometimes. A fella who came over to us for a look through the scope told me I wouldnt want to live there. He told me
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 4, 2000
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          Barry,

          I wish I lived in the desert sometimes. A fella who came over to us
          for a look through the scope told me I wouldnt want to live there. He
          told me minimum wage jobs are the norm. And from the looks of it, the
          cost of living is pretty high out there. I have a feeling if I
          actually lived out there, I wouldnt be looking through a Takahashi.
          It would be more like a couple of old Coke bottles...

          Just to let you know, My New Jersey sky brought me back down to earth
          Saturday night when I could even find M1 with the 4 inch, and it was
          a mere smudge in my 12-1/2 Portaball. I am starting to believe that
          you need more aperture in light poluted areas. This to some extent is
          a contradiction of what I thought was logical.

          Either way, point a great scope at a dark sky and you really are
          blessed. Thanks for your reply Barry.

          Joe D.


          --- In UncensoredTakGroup@egroups.com, "Barry Carter" <chiron@m...>
          wrote:
          > You are indeed blessed brother! To view the heavens as they were
          > meant to be seen in all its glory. While many of us slave and
          > sacrifice for a respectable view; but alas, through light polluted
          > skies. Thanks for letting us know what can be.
          > ....Barry
          >
          >
          > --- In UncensoredTakGroup@egroups.com, "Joe D." <Max405@n...>
          wrote:
          > > Hello everyone.
          > > I just wanted to share a great experience I had not long ago. I
          > took
          > > my fc100 with me to a recent trip to Las Vegas. The scope at
          about
          > 32
          > > inches long was OK to carry on the plane. The Gibralter mount was
          > > checked as luggage in a hard shell golf bag case. It arrived
          > safely.
          > >
          > > I went out to Mt Charleston which is approximately 45-50 miles
          > > northwest of the city. The night was perfect. A stillness in the
          > air
          > > made me feel as though I was on the moon. Cool. The scope came
          out
          > > and within 5 minutes I was taking in sites of familiar objects in
          a
          > > whole new dimension. M31 and its satellite galaxies were almost 3
          > > dimensional in appearance. The dark dust lane was very obvious.
          The
          > > smaller satellite galaxies just hung there and were brilliant.
          The
          > > double cluster was also 3d. You can actually see the background
          > stars
          > > and the ones in the foreground. M1 was larger than I remember
          > seeing
          > > it before, showing faint tenticles in the structure. M33 was also
          > > popping with detail, with mottled arms. M97 with one eye was
          > visable
          > > just above the mountain tops as was M108. M81 and 82 were
          > magnificent
          > > and got better as i raised the magnification. I almost forgot
          that
          > > Jupiter and Saturn were in the sky as I was taking in all of
          these
          > > deep sky sites with this little 4 inch work of excellence. When I
          > > turned the scope towards Jupiter I nearly passed out. I counted 8
          > > bands, and connections between the bands that I had never before
          > > seen. All of the moons in my field of view were resolved to
          disks.
          > > All I brought with me was 154x, but the scope probably could have
          > > gone up to about 350x with ease and with no image breakdown.
          Saturn
          > > was heartstopping. The Cassini division was carved right out of
          the
          > > ring and the crepe ring was clearly discernable from the edge of
          > the
          > > ring, bordering the planet itself. Absolutley no false color was
          > > detected. Pure perfectly focused light. It was amazing how
          > > the "focus" position popped in any eyepiece. I found myself
          racking
          > > in and out of focus just for the hell of it!! My wife who usually
          > > looks into the eyepeice and tells me how nice the rings of Saturn
          > > look (when I am focused on a cluster or something) was actually
          > > enthusiastic about every look she took and actually passed my
          "what
          > > do you see" pop quizzes.
          > >
          > > This scope has given me an experience that is actually hard to
          put
          > > into words. Yeah, The views probably would have been even better
          > with
          > > a larger scope, but I wouldnt be able to get a larger scope out
          > > there. The fc100 performed flawlessly. It is truely a remarkable
          > > instrument. I have been blessed with this scope and I do realize
          > how
          > > fortunate I am. A luxury such as owning a Takahashi is something
          I
          > > never thought I would experience. Life is good. Thank you all for
          > > letting me share this with you.
          > >
          > > Sincerely, Joe D.
          > >
          > > Ps. Thanks B. L,J
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