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A Night of Observing in Arkansas

During my last trip to Arkansas, I worked alongside my stepdad’s dad to finish my homemade parallelogram binocular mount to the point where it’s useable. It still needs some cosmetic work; a final sanding and oiling, and maybe reworks to the binocular head, but overall, I’m very happy with it. It makes using binoculars a […]

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A Tour of the Virgo Cluster Using 15×70 Binoculars

Time: 37 minutes, 11:43pm to 12:20am CDT (04:43-05:20 UTC) Date: June 15th – 16th, 2018 Light pollution: Bortle 3 to 4 Seeing: Alright Transparency: Very Good Instrument: Oberwerk 15×70 Ultra binoculars, mounted on my homemade parallelogram mount The following is a transcript of a voice recording begun at 11:42:58pm CDT, Friday, June 15th, 2018. I […]

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M 83 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 83 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a large, moderately bright galaxy with a highly condensed bright starlike central core. It’s got a large extended haze surrounding the core, which […]

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M 59 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 59 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a pretty bright, medium-small galaxy, mostly round, but showing a slight elongation from about 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock in the eyepiece field […]

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M 89 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 89 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a medium sized, quite bright galaxy with a highly condensed, nearly starlike core. It’s pretty much round, with possibly a slight flattening on […]

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M 101 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 101 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is very bad. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s quite faint and diffuse. Very large. It’s got a fairly condensed core that’s medium brightness, and an extended faint haze. Visible are […]

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M 90 – May 26, 2017

Object: M 90 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is ok, transparency is very bad. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a pretty bright, elongated galaxy with a very bright, dense, starlike core. It’s elongated from about 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock in the eyepiece […]

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M 49 – May 25, 2017

Object: M 49 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay. The transparency is bad. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a pretty bright, medium-sized haze, with a medium condensed core that is quite bright. There’s a star embedded within the halo at about […]

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M 87 – May 25, 2017

Object: M 87 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: The seeing is okay, the transparency is very bad. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a large, bright haze with a fairly well condensed bright core. It appears pretty much round, though the fainter part seems slightly […]

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