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Alternative designations of HR999

Henry Draper Catalogue   HD20644
SAO Catalogue   SAO75871
Hipparcos Catalogue   HIP15549
Durchmusterung Catalogue   BD+28 516
FK5 Catalogue   2234

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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Re: iOptron IEQ45 Mount/Tripod <complete>
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:01:11 PM »
After calling my friend, who is an expert on Tasco Alt/Az mounts from the 80's and hearing his opinion, the best I can do is $50.

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Yup! That was a good time last night. How many were in the crowd is there a count yet?

It was fun listening to Dennis teach people what they are looking at.

Wolf.

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Yes!! It was off the wall! Ed and I ended up sitting on the steps. i think it was a well received presentation.

Wolf.

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Keep working on them Ed. It would be nice to have a brick and mortar that sells astronomy stuff locally.

Wolf.

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Cool. I'll look for it.

Wolf.

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And about 5 minutes after the shot I bailed because I forgot the counterweight for the mount.

Wolf.

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Another way to increase the performance of the 4SE is to take it out to a dark sky site. And take your time at the eyepeice. Back in '06 we went to Murphy NC for a Jeep Jamboree. We were staying at a campsite on the back side of a mountain from Murphy which was blocking the very little light pollution that was there. I packed my Celesteron ED80 (3") refractor for the trip along with a camera tripod. I was actually blown away by what I could see with it. For the first time when looking at Andromeda, I could see M110 sitting right next to it. Not to mention that Andromeda completely spanned the 32mm eyepiece. The scope has a focal length of 600mm so this is a very wide field view. Next i swung around to Alberio in Cygnus and the amount of stars behind that double was breathtaking. I would definitely keep that little 4 as a grab and go when you don't want to or have the time for big gear. All the stuff mentioned above is good, but a question you need to ask yourself is "what do you want to do with the hobby? Visual or astrophotography? Both?" If the answer is mainly visual, then you might want to look into some of the dobsonian scopes. Bigger aperture for less money. Just a thought.

Here is an interesting article to consider...
https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/TipsToImproveTelescopePerformance.html


Wolf.

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I remember an old club member back in the day using the parking lot at 59th Street boat ramp.

Wolf.

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You should be fine as the 13.8 will quickly drop the in the 12 zone once you start using the equipment. My 20AH sla battery reads 14+ sometimes right after charging it, but within an hour of use its down to 12.4. Unless you are talking about AC to DC power supply then it should remain at the constant that it is set at. What equipment are you looking to power?

Wolf.

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The night turned out pretty good. Clouds cleared out around 7:30. The only problem that remained was the dew.

Wolf.

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My lesson last night was that nothing beats a good set of planetary eyepieces. All I was using previously was Plossls and stacking in a barlow to retain eye relief as I wear glasses. Well recently I bought a set of Burgess TMB eyepieces from the post that was on here a few weeks ago. OMG! what a difference! Using the Lightbrige 12",  I could easily count 5 bands across Jupiter and the Cassini division in Saturn's ring was plain as day. Lunar craters look like they are right there that you could just reach out and touch them. It was like a brand new scope. Had I known the difference I would have bought some long ago.

Wolf

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Cool deal see you out there. Iím planning on being there by sunset to get in some moon and Jupiter observing.

Wolf

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