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Stefan commented on Gary Riley's blog post First Night Back to Observing in 6 months!
"Gary, sure glad that you made it out nice list of stars observed tonight.  Clear skies,  Stefan"
Saturday
Gary Riley posted a blog post

First Night Back to Observing in 6 months!

Well, the skies this evening cleared up some after several days of cloudy, rainy weather. So I decided to setup the 4 inch Omni XLT refractor. Haven't done any observing in 6 months due to multiple eye surgeries on my right eye, so I was REALLY wanting to see something--- ANYTHING under the stars!After aligning the scope and mount fairly close to Polaris I began to just scan the heavens some taking in Mizar and Alcor in Ursa Major. Then swung over to observe Arturus and several other stars and…See More
Saturday
Stefan replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"Hi Gary, get well soon, clear skies are coming, and we are waiting for your reports. Thanks, Stefan"
Saturday
Joseph Tocco replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"Hey Gary, thanks! Sorry to hear about you surgeries. I hope you recover quickly and that your eyes are "better than new!" :) Talk with you soon. Joe"
Thursday
Gary Riley replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"Hello Stefan and everyone else! Glad to see the site up again. Haven't gotten to do much observing due to have some eye surgeries done on my right eye over the past few months. But hopefully things are getting better. Now if the spring weather…"
Thursday
Stefan commented on Joseph Tocco's photo
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Day-time Jupiter

"Joe, glad you got to go out and play with the tech stuff too :) Nice pic too."
Apr 15
Stefan replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"Rich and Joe, Thanks looking forward for your reports and some longer nights out. Clear skies, Stefan "
Apr 15
Joseph Tocco posted a photo

Day-time Jupiter

I snapped this image of Jupiter with my iPhone, hand-held. It was roughly 20 minutes before sunset and I was able to use the GOTO feature on the Astrophysics mount in Stargate Observatory. The image of Jupiter was really outstanding with a 17mm…
Apr 14
Joseph Tocco replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"I agree with Rich, nice report Stefan. Glad that you had clear skies too!"
Apr 14
Joseph Tocco commented on Joseph Tocco's photo
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A Baby rides the Lightbridge

"Thanks guys. This spot has been known as Boon Hill Observatory. The guy in the background has owned this Northern property for decades and recently built a 24x24 club-house, warming room, and storage garage. He sold off a portion of the trees to…"
Apr 14
Richard A Flinn posted a photo

NGC 4559

I wondered why I dont see many images of this little galaxy so gave it a shot. This one was very tough for me get any decent color. It was the first image I tried binning (2X2) my color and wondered if that was the problem but I dont think so, its…
Apr 14
Richard A Flinn replied to Stefan's discussion Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived
"Nice report Stefan. Glad you were able to get out! :) Its been cloudy and/or raining here the last few nights. :( "
Apr 13
Stefan posted a discussion

Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived

It is a while that I had a chance to go out with a scope and observe.  Last night I got to setup in the driveway, setup the 12 lnch dobs; had a short list of objects in Puppies and Monoceros. I spent some time observing the clusters M 46, M47, NGC2423, and NGC2264 the Christmas Tree cluster. Seeing was good and transparency was a 6 early on and got better later at night that when the stars started to pop and the clusters resolved very nicely.  I ended the night with observing NGC 4461the Hubble…See More
Apr 12
Richard A Flinn commented on Joseph Tocco's photo
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A Baby rides the Lightbridge

"I love it! :)  Are you standing in the middle of a future landing strip?"
Apr 12
Stefan commented on Joseph Tocco's photo
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A Baby rides the Lightbridge

"Hi Joe, Looks cool and "not only the scope also your location" LOL.  Clear Skies Stefan "
Apr 11
Joseph Tocco posted a photo

A Baby rides the Lightbridge

A recent acquisition, I added a 4.5" f/4 Newtonian to my collection of scopes. I couldn't not buy...really. It's hand-crafted by a local ATM'r and looks like it was custom made for my 16". With one focal length at 1800mm and the other at 450mm, it's…
Apr 10
Richard A Flinn commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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NGC 3718, NGC 3729, and Hickson 56

"Thanks Stefan, its good to hear from you again. :)"
Apr 4
Stefan commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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NGC 3718, NGC 3729, and Hickson 56

"Rich, cam out good I am sure like to see the colors, when looking through the telescope it is just gray :)"
Apr 4
Richard A Flinn posted a status
Mar 31
Richard A Flinn commented on Richard A Flinn's photo
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NGC 3718, NGC 3729, and Hickson 56

"My good friend and PixInsight Wizard David Ault reworked my luminance data last night. My flats nor PixInsight's DBE could fix the background defects caused by either a reflection or dust specs on the optics or in the image train. He created a…"
Mar 31
 

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Observing Report 4/11/15... okay see if we can get this party revived 6 Replies

It is a while that I had a chance to go out with a scope and observe.  Last night I got to setup in the driveway, setup the 12 lnch dobs; had a short list of objects in Puppies and Monoceros. I spent…Continue

Started by Stefan in Observing. Last reply by Stefan on Saturday.

Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G 1 Reply

We have a new mount on the pier at Little Piney Observatory. Really seems like it will be a joy to use along with EQASCOM and Cartes du Ciel. Please see …Continue

Started by Richard A Flinn in Telescope Mounts. Last reply by Richard A Flinn Sep 23, 2014.

Teleskop Express in Germany 6 Replies

I'm impressed enough with these people that I thought I would pass this on. We all want to support our forum sponsor (telescopes.com) when possible, but lets face it, astronomy stores dont always…Continue

Tags: Service, Express, Teleskop, Flattener, Field

Started by Richard A Flinn in Telescope Equipment & Accessories. Last reply by Richard A Flinn Sep 2, 2014.

New At This 2 Replies

I just got a 12 in Apertura and I love it , But looking for accessories all I find is stuff for "Orion" scopes or Mead, I want a full aperture Solar filter ect, Does Apertura have a venue for thier…Continue

Started by jmeans in Observing. Last reply by jmeans Aug 18, 2014.

Zhumell Telescopes 93 Replies

Does anyone own a Zhumell telescope? I have a Z12 Dob. I purchased it back in the summer. It is a really big telescope, especially compared to the little Meade AZ70 refractor I have. I do like the…Continue

Started by Gary Riley in Zhumell Telescopes. Last reply by Amit Mujumdar Jun 11, 2014.

Custom Newt for Imaging 2 Replies

Many of you know I have done some imaging with the Astro Tech AT8IN f/4 imaging newt. I have always liked the sharpness of the images it produced but I havent used it in quite some time. The reason…Continue

Started by Richard A Flinn in Reflector Telesocpes. Last reply by Richard A Flinn Apr 24, 2014.

Test night - March 21/22 2014 4 Replies

I recently upgraded my Orion Atlas mount with the extension tube and installed a GSO 2" Linear Bearing Crayford Focuser for Refractors - Dual Speed on the Orion 90mm f/10 and I have been waiting for…Continue

Started by Dan Acker in Telescope Equipment & Accessories. Last reply by Dan Acker Mar 27, 2014.

Observing Report 3/15 and 3/16/14 (from a desperate observer) 4 Replies

Well, clear skies, a free night with bright moonlight :( . I had to get some photons (desperately). So at 2100 last night I setup the 12 inch in our driveway to observe some of the Clusters in the…Continue

Started by Stefan in Observing. Last reply by Stefan Mar 17, 2014.

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