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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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An In-Depth Study of NGC 6633 with 15×70 Binoculars

Time: 2.5 hours, ~12:30am to 3:05am CDT (~05:30-08:05 UTC) Date: June 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 Sketch Transcript The following is a transcript of a voice recording begun at 3:04:42am CDT, Saturday, June 16th, 2018. I […]

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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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NGC 4565 – May 26, 2017

Object: NGC 4565 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 quite striking, beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy. Extremely elongated. Very large, and medium faint in brightness. It’s oriented from about 10:30 to 4:30 […]

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NGC 5746 – May 26, 2017

Object: NGC 5746 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 edge on galaxy. Medium-large and moderately bright. It has a medium central concentration with a core that is spread out along […]

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NGC 5371 – May 26, 2017

Object: NGC 5371 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 moderately faint haze, slightly elongated from about 11 o’clock to 5 o’clock, with a well condensed, faint core. It appears slightly […]

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NGC 4394 – May 25, 2017

Object: NGC 4394 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 medium sized, pretty faint smear. Visible with direct vision, with a bright condensed star-like core. It’s pretty much round and shows […]

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NGC 4039 – May 21, 2017

Object: NGC 4039 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is bad, transparency is good and declining. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x and Orion Edge-On 9mm X2.0, 333x.They’re small, moderately faint, and appear as one galaxy. They do exhibit a slight spiral, beginning in the lower […]

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NGC 3344 – May 21, 2017

Object: NGC 3344 Location: Texas Star Party Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is bad, transparency is good. Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a mostly smooth featureless haze, faint, just barely visible with direct vision though. It doesn’t get much brighter with averted vision. It’s got two bright […]

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