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December 12, 2005

A morning romp with the Orion 6XT IntelliScope

Shortcuts for this entry: Finder issues and then there's the vertical stop Not Microsoft The Beehive Eskimo Saturn M35 M3 and M51 Scope facts just for the record Hey Scotty, Give me warp .3! Sorry sir, the best we can...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:49 PM
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December 05, 2005

Of dogs, and queens and brighter things

Jump to: Messier 47 - an open cluster Why visual observing Saturn NGC 2392 - the "Eskimo" Well, even I, with my lousy hearing, can hear myself crunch-crunch-crunch to the observatory on a morning like this. It is 3 am,...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:14 PM
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December 04, 2005

Triple, quadruple, and gang - but not in that order

Topics, this post: Pleiades Beta Monoceros Sigma Orionis 4.5-inch Orion Dob Stars tend to hang out together and observing stars that are close to one another offers some special opportunities to make comparisons. On the mornings of December 3 and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:23 AM
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November 26, 2005

Cold, cloudy, and confusing – but that’s OK ;-)

Double-star learning opportunity handout – to be read before observing session – and/or after.Download file Double-star field notes document with stars suitable for fall to early winter. Download file Well, I'm learning. I'm learning that my expectations for youth...
Posted by Greg Stone at 01:14 PM
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November 24, 2005

Doubles? No trouble!

I observed several double stars last night with various telescopes in the process of developing an exercise – an experience - focused on doubles for the public programs. This particular exercise is designed to help them start to develop several...
Posted by Greg Stone at 02:45 AM
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November 22, 2005

Slithering Sea Serpents of Serenity

OK, I want to talk about those "serpents" eventually, but there's so much more I find pouring out as my observing experiences set off chains of mini-mind events. Observing is such a delight – and I'm so bloody lazy...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:27 PM
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November 18, 2005

37 and a nice crisis

I got up this morning at about 2 am pretty much assuming the moon was too bright for any interesting viewing, so I hardly looked out - but I did go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day site and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:08 AM
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November 03, 2005

Frustration and a rare connection

Morning after . . . an Observing Orgy Hey, I have fun observing and why waste "dark time" putting stuff away? I'll clean up later. Anyway - this is the way the Driftway Observing Deck really looks - not...
Posted by Greg Stone at 09:11 AM
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October 30, 2005

Superviews they’re not

I bought a pair of 10mm GSO Superviews new to use in the binoviewer and give me some context when I go to higher power. The clouds broke this morning for a bit and I got a chance to...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:23 AM
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August 04, 2005

Oh me, oh my, oh Mars!

Mars gave me a real thrill this morning, which got me to thinking – if a friend were with me, he or she would probably have been totally unimpressed. That’s one of the problems with astronomy – photographs of the...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:20 PM
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June 02, 2005

Log: 05.30.05 – 9 -11:10 pm EDST

Location: Driftway Observing Green Seeing: poor Transparency: average Moon: not present. Equipment used: Obsession 15, Denkmeier standard binoviewer with Denk 21 mm eyepieces and , OCS, and double arm Power X switch delivers approximately 115X, 168X, and 208X from the...
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May 28, 2005

Tinkerbill, Jupiter and a billion volts (almost) of “first light”

Peering into the 15-inch mirror a few hours before "first light." All is well. (Click photos for larger versions.) “First Light” is one of those phrases of near Biblical proportions with astronomers. In the most prosaic sense it means...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:44 AM
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A morning romp with the Orion 6XT IntelliScope

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