7172Re: ZS 105 - My first seeing report
- Jan 23, 2006Nice report. I am eager to get out and do something similar;
prehaps tonight. The M42 observation was really nice.
--- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, Jeremy Francisco
> Finally! Clear and dark skies greeted me last night and I drove
> minutes north to truly dark skies in the middle of PawneeNational
> Grasslands (CO). After two hours of sub-twenty degree weather Icelestial
> reluctantly packed up and drove home, but not before some
> I must say that the more I use my ZS 105, the more I like it.
> reading all of the reports about how great the ZS 10thAnniversary
> scope is and what great views everyone was getting, I had been105.
> questioning my sanity in giving mine up in order to get the ZS
> I doubt no more; here are my impressions (basically notes tomyself
> on what I saw.)not
> Seeing tonight was steady and very dark. For the record, I did
> observe any chromatic aberration while the telescope was infocus.
> There was a little violet on the top of Sirius when the scope wasto
> focused to the front, but I could not see any when it was focused
> the rear. The only color visible was the true color of the stars.I
> Equipment Used:
> Telescope - William Optics ZS 105 w/ Burgess 2" dielectric diagonal
> Eyepieces - TMB/Burgess 6-mm; WO binoviewers with 20mm WO and 1.6
> corrector, the 20mm WO alone
> Mount - Stellarvue M6
> Saturn - At 196x the Cassini division was very clear and obvious.
> was able to observe horizontal stripes on the planet proper aswell
> as shadows created by the rings on the planet and planet on therings.
> M42/43 & NGC 1977 - Wow! The nebula looked like water caught in
> eddy of a fast moving stream; I've never seen that much detail inM110
> this nebula before. The trapezium was resolved to six stars, the
> first time I have been able to see the sixth star.
> M31, M32 & M110 - Under lesser light I was unable to see M32 &
> clearly, so I wanted to glimpse all three. Tonight there was nowith
> doubt as to what I was seeing, all three galaxies were evident
> 110 clearly visible.polluted
> M33 - I realize this galaxy is easily washed out in light
> skies and that light pollution to night was quite low, but I waswas
> surprised as to how bright M33 was. The amount of detail visible
> wonderful; using averted vision I could make out the arms of thevery
> M45 - The nebulosity was beautiful tonight.
> Sigma Orionis and Beta Monocerotis - Both star systems resolved
> nicely. Speaking of color, the colors of the stars were visible;the
> red of star D in Sigma Orionis etc.has
> Horsehead Nebula - I was finally able to see this nebula. This
> always been one of my favorite photographed nebulas and I wasfinally
> able to see it in person. A faint fuzzy, but it was there.interesting
> M44 & M41 - I did not spend much time on these and when ahead and
> took a peak since I was in the neighborhood. The most
> thing that I noted was the color of the stars. Most noted wasthe
> orange star in the middle of M41; contrasted nicely with theother
> Sirius - Incredibly bright star; the only color I saw was the hot
> white/blue of the star. No coloration on the fringe noticed.
> I realize that I moved around a lot last night and did not take a
> tremendous amount of time on any one object; ten to fifteen
> each. Seeing as how this was my first time under extremely goodeventually
> skies, I was like a kid in a candy store. I assume I'll
> settle down and take my time as I gain more experience.Considering
> it has been over fifteen years since I last looked to the heavensin
> a telescope, I feel I did quite well last night.
> Tired but fulfilled,
> Jeremy F
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