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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 12:24 AM

Jupiter is rising, took the ol Zeiss Telementor out for spin.....

I'm watching Mission Pluto on NGC and decided to take my little scope out. The atmosphere is a little turbulent but it's a nice cool clear evening. Jupiter was very impressive at 63x (10mm orthoscopic). I saw three nice round moons and lots of banding on the planets surface. Astronomy is a great hobby, you realize how small you are and how big everything else is. To actually see these things with your with eyes beats the heck out of the internet. I good night observing with even a small scope is better than a good night talking politics.

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Reply Jupiter is rising, took the ol Zeiss Telementor out for spin..... (Original post)
ibtruthin Mar 2017 OP
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Response to ibtruthin (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 12:11 AM

1. It's amazing through larger telescopes.

I don't mean observatory-class telescopes, either. An 8" catadioptric at 200-400x (depending on seeing) can keep you riveted for hours.

I have an 8" Dobsonian sitting in my shed doing nothing these days. FL skies have gone to crap and it's just too big lug outside. A short focal ratio light bucket isn't ideal for light polluted skies and I've never much liked filters --aside from solar filters, of course.

I keep toying with the idea of getting a Maksutov. And I keep putting it off.

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Response to birthmark59 (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 05:22 PM

2. I have several, what hobbiest doesn't right

I My biggest is a Nextstar 11, I also have a 8" Lomo Mak and a 4" Takahashi and Several Vixen scopes.

The Zeiss offers the blackest background and most perfect image in my light polluted sky.

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Response to ibtruthin (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 22, 2017, 01:55 AM

3. Me. I have just the one scope.

I've never owned more than two at one time (excluding the mandatory binocs, of course.) But then, I don't like owning a lot of stuff. Own a lot of stuff and I have to keep track of it, clean it, maintain it...bleah!

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Response to birthmark59 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 30, 2017, 04:49 PM

4. I have a 10 inch Schmitt-Cassagrain that gets pulled out on clear nights sometimes...

You're right about seeing things with your own eyes.
Saturn is, of course, my favorite. It's what got me hooked on Astronomy. Can't wait until summer when I can see it in Scorpio.
I once watched a triple eclipse occur on Jupiter.
Vega is a cool star to look at. In my scope it flickers red and blue like a police car light. Go a little to the southwest and, if you're good, you can spot the Ring Nebula. It looks like a perfect smoke ring.

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