Re: At the observatory!
- All I can say, after hearing you're using an 8" Alvin Clark & Sons
refractor is envy, envy, envy!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Charles Wood Jr.(CJ)"
> Yay! It was finally a clear Friday that I could go to the
> While in the car I was just thinking the dreadful thoughts,
> Wow....light polluted Baltimore. With the moon, it's going to be so
> bright I'll have to stab my eyes. When I arrived, the sun was
> and the scope had the h-alpha setup, so I didn't have to stab myeyes
> just yet(never got the chance). While it was still bright, weturned
> the scope to Venus. They didn't have a violet reduction filter...itSo
> was definately a purple mess. I'm glad I brought my eyepiece case!
> I put mine on and it was much better, they were all pleased.C8.
> As soon as it was dark, the dome was crowded with people. The line
> for saturn went from the eyepiece, up and around the giant EQ, and
> down the stairs . They had a few guys in the dome so I went outside
> and I took control of the observatory's other scope, a black tube
> I first had the moon in for a while then M42 with my lumicon OIII.the
> All I can say, is that it looked like crap. All I could see is the
> bright main trapezium region then the bright, strong arm. Nothing
> else, Nada.....YUCK!!!! They all loved it and said it was the best
> view they ever had....While I was trying to find a knife....
> By the time everyone had a peak, the dome was empty and they wanted
> suggestions. So I said "NGC2392", they handed me the controls and
> PC and I had total control for the rest of the night. We werehaving
> issues with the drives since the control buttons were sticking. ButI
> found the Eskimo no problem, just in a minute(they were suprised Iso
> found it that quick). So I put on my ultrablock filter and had a
> great view despite the light pollution. After that I slewed up M35,
> By that time more people came and then the scope stopped tracking
> they had to fix that, so I went back out with the C8 and showedit).
> everyone Castor and M42(different crowd, so I wanted them to see
> By the time we were done talking and enjoying the view, the bigso
> refractor was running again on saturn. So I went in and pushed the
> mag to 447x. It was gorgeous, Really handled the power well
> considering the seeing conditions. Cassini division was clear and
> was the shadows from the rings, bands and detail was great too.that
> Everyone enjoyed the view, 857x was a little to much though :laugh:
> but awesome. It was getting later and we were just talking and not
> really looking in the eyepiece much really. So then I suggested
> we close the night with M3. So I did a quick slew and found itwithin
> seconds. It was faint, but resolvable. I don't think they evenskies.
> observed that before...most of the guys never seen it.
> So we closed at that, It was a pretty fun despite the horrific
> Talked a bit, taught everyone something, and had a good time. We
> ended up using my eyepieces over theirs . I think they're going to
> buy some new eyepieces and filters after tonight....
> For those who doesn't know what scope it is, It's an 8" F/15 Clark
> Refractor. It's a beast too, 144" long I believe and it has 3,000FL!
> Here's some pics, My camera doesn't like taking pics without
> flash...but oh well.