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2017/10/11 14:41:43 (permalink)
The weather is starting to get cooler, so I am getting back into Astronomy.  I realize I haven't really posted much of my other passions, so I thought I would share and hope to draw out my other fellow closet Amateur Astronomers. 
 
Here is my new setup:

14" Dobsonian.
 
Some pictures of what it can do:
See the island in the middle of the picture? (1100 feet away)

 
Here it is at the minimum magnification:

Tree top
 
Left side of the island:

see the rock at the bottom left corner?
 
Lets go to max magnification with what it comes with (no barlow):


 
Here is the high tension wire tower behind the island.  About 1.5 miles away:

Max magnification.
 
See the red arrow?

thats a light fixture at 500 feet.  It was the closest object I could see with max magnification.
 
Want to see who makes it?

Good ol' GE
 
 
 
Now on to some "Astrophotography." I use the term loosely, because I used a cell phone held up to the lens.  It is a pretty high speed cell cam as you have manual control over many functions, which has allowed me to take the following pictures.
 
The moon/lunar surface:


 
 
The Pleiades:

 
Polaris:

 
And one of my favorite objects to see:

Can anyone guess what it is?  
 
Please feel free to post whatever you like on the subject.  I am planning a Messier Marathon next weekend in the Catskills NY.  The only "blue zone" in 300 from my house (minus going out to sea)  
 
What to see how bad (or good) your location is?  Have a look here:
http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html
I live in a red zone outside NYC 
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    nateman_doo
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/11 14:42:54 (permalink)
    And how could I forget my little astronomers:

     
    Trying not to get blinded by the flash
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/11 15:27:33 (permalink)
    Nice  always something i've been interested in but never got round to the investment side of it, we get some really clear skys where i am in Scotland, only 300 houses in the village i live so not a lot of background light.
     
    my guess to your picture is where the big asteroid is heading towards us?
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/11 16:43:55 (permalink)
    I have a Celestron Celestar C8 and 2 Meade C90's. Recently played around with the C8 with a T-adapter for some moon photography. Had the C8 since the 90's (I think). Not messed with the Meades at all. Got the Meades for next to nothing from Goodwill. Goodwill is like playing the lottery with camera and telescope parts. Buy four things for almost nothing and one tends to be a real gem. It turns out so cheap the the 1:4 is still cheaper than ebay by far. Seem to be a solid tabletop scope though.
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/12 06:31:48 (permalink)
    Brad_Hawthorne
    I have a Celestron Celestar C8 and 2 Meade C90's. Recently played around with the C8 with a T-adapter for some moon photography. Had the C8 since the 90's (I think). Not messed with the Meades at all. Got the Meades for next to nothing from Goodwill. Goodwill is like playing the lottery with camera and telescope parts. Buy four things for almost nothing and one tends to be a real gem. It turns out so cheap the the 1:4 is still cheaper than ebay by far. Seem to be a solid tabletop scope though.


    I am thinking of machining a tube that allows a DSLR to slide into and up to the eyepiece.  I know most folks take off the camera lens and use the telescope as the lens, but at the cost of a single aluminum tube, a night on the lathe, I thought it would be fun to experiment and see what the camera can do with both its telephoto lens, through the telescope.
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/12 12:34:47 (permalink)
    Very cool

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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/12 15:42:46 (permalink)
    I am always interested in celestial events/things. I don't own a telescope, wish I did. Where I live is a pretty good view on the edge of a city. Interesting thread Nateman!! 
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/12 19:23:41 (permalink)
    Nice thread! I don't own any of that sort of hardware alas.
     
    As an aside I'd highly recommend The Planets show for any astronomy enthusiasts, the first season just ended. So much brand new stuff on the planets (and exoplanets) that only just came out within the last couple years it was fascinating to watch. Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino hosts it.


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    Re: The Astronomy Thread 2017/10/18 15:06:15 (permalink)
    Made a thing.
     
    It mates a DSLR camera up with my telescope:
     




     
    Still have to test it out.
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