I must say that I like using a reflector telescope because of where the eyepiece is located. Scanning around while looking through the eyepiece is kind of goofy. I used both the peephole sight and the finder scope and they worked good. Looks like tonite is going to be clear so I get another crack at it. The moon was super bright last nite.
Yes, I suspect that the moon will be in the way for awhile. It's a good time to take a close look at it, though. I'm hoping for clear skies, but I may not be very lucky. Also, it looks like a La Nina event is going to make for a wet and cloudy winter over here.
I popped out last nite about 9:30 and looked up. The moon hadn't passed over my building yet so I could not see it. The sky was clear with no clouds but I could just barely see one or two stars because of the shine of the moon.
Post by pickinduck on Nov 18, 2016 17:39:47 GMT -6
Date: Fri. Nov. 18, 2016 Time: 18:00 Location: Johnstown, PA EQ: MEADE Infinity 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, Clinometer. General Subject(s): Unknown Notes: I have been seeing this shining thing moving in the ecliptic in the SW sky just after sunset. I have been thinking it must be a planet but I'm not sure. I viewed it now with my MEADE 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope with MA26mm eyepiece (31x) then added 2x Barlow (61x). I still don't know what it is? I used my homemade Clinometer for the first time and measured the unknown object (more then once) to be at 10 degrees above the horizon in the SW sky.
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2016 17:42:00 GMT -6 by pickinduck
Post by pickinduck on Nov 22, 2016 20:58:19 GMT -6
Date: Tue. Nov. 22, 2016 Time: 21:15 Location: Johnstown, PA EQ: BUSHNELL 10x50 Legacy Binoculars General Subject(s): CEPHEUS Notes: Tried locating CEPHEUS exactly. Not much luck this time. Came up with a star hopping plan to help me out for the next time. On my GIANT planisphire it looks like Delta and Zeta Cephei are located about half way between Deneb (Alpha Cygni) and Caph (Beta Cas).