What an AWESOME NIGHT

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  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: North Carolina east coast USA
What an AWESOME NIGHT
Posted by stepping beyond on Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:48 PM

I just had a terific night and didn't freeze my nose off. the Z10 performed most excellent. I was on the "Hunt" using a variety of Oculars Z100 series 2" 16mm,9mm and 2" 30mm SWA, 2"2x ED barlow and 1 1/4" 3-6mm clickstop zoom.I was viewing one of my new constellations that has finally cleared the trees this year "Auriga" and it's full of treats such as messiers , p/ nebulae open clusters m36, 37 and 38 some ngc's and IC's  and in Taurus I viewed a few treats also and avery faint galaxy using a barlowed 9mm Z100 and "POP" goes the galaxy. WOOHOO night ! Feel the excitement just bursting out

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, October 28, 2013 8:58 AM

Ain't it great when things just come together like that?  Geeked

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: North Carolina east coast USA
Posted by stepping beyond on Monday, October 28, 2013 9:57 AM

Good morning my friend, Yes it is "Great when everything comes together" . I was out pretty late till the clouds rolled in and spoiled the party. I got up this morning to drizzle, at least I had 4 nights of amazing views. DSLR with my eq80 refractor is it a good choice friend, Alanna wants me to take photos of galaxies so she will be able to see the pretty colors. Go figure ! I don't know if I will b e able to do long exposure  AP and if I can't accomplish it, she'll have a really nice professional camera at the least. I was on NSN until 2am after I came in from viewing, it was a good discussion.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, October 28, 2013 11:01 AM

If your EQ80 tracks well and you pay VERY close attention to polar alignment, then you can do quite a bit of what I'll call "medium" exposure AP of up to 1 or maybe 2 minutes without trouble.  This will bring a number of galaxies into your AP mix of targets.  Add either a guide scope or an off-axis guider and an autoguider camera and you are off to the races!  10 - 20 minutes won't be out of the question at all.  Orion's mini-guide scope and autoguider package would suit your EQ80 admirably without breaing the bank. 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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