OBSERVATIONS WITH ETX-125EC
Subject: Clay's Hercules guide Sent: Monday, May 28, 2001 21:50:10 From: email@example.com (Thomas Brown) In the past couple of weeks we've had about two clear nights here in Eastern PA, but both have been exceptional. Tonight had wonderful seeing even in my bright suburban backyard. I've been having a good time with Clay's guides, and I was going through the Hercules guide tonight. This has three of my favorite objects, Ras Algethi, and of course M13 and M 92 [great resolution of individual stars in these clusters with my ETX 125 right to the heart of M 13 and many in 92 as well]. As I really like double stars, I enjoyed many of the other objects in the guide including Delta, Rho, and 95 Herculi. The Autostar was working well tonight, with objects in the data base, but these objects [which need to enter RA and Dec] ended up outside the field of vision, and needed a little slewing around to find them . Enjoyed all objects when I saw, them although the "tough triple" Mu was too tough [I saw the dim star but wasn't able to get beyond this]. After I finished the guide [with the exceptions of the faint planetary and globular] I got a great view of eps Lyrae the double double, cleanly split in the steady air using the 26mm and the #126 Barlow, and good views of M57 the Ring Nebula with a real sense of the ring. Also had spectacular views of the moon in its first quarter, I wish there were a photographic Atlas with mirror reversed lunar images [I don't like drawn maps of the moon, because they seldom capture the appearance of the features in their separate phases. Turn Left at Orion has small moon photos which are help for basic learning purposes. At the present time, I'm using Cherrington's Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and small telescopes, although you have to mentally reverse the images [at least they aren't inverted]. Anyway, seeing minute details crisply [and without the slightest wavering from atmospheric disturbance] is very satisfying for me. Not too many people comment on looking at the moon, but I for one enjoy learning my way around this clearly visible world. Sadly Mars was too low and only visible briefly through the trees before I came in. Anyhow, we all tend to write when we're having problems, just wanted to briefly comment on how satisfying the ETX experience can bee when things are working well. Am particularly looking forward to using the Scorpius and Saggitarius guides later in the season. Tom Brown.
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