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by Paul D
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: M33 Triangulum Galaxy
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: M33 Triangulum Galaxy

Paul, you must have had some of that great Gearys Ale made in Portland to be able to see that much detail with a scope :P Frank, Gouldsboro Maine is rated a 2 on the bortle scale. For comparison Stellafane is a 5 on the bortle scale. It is really a dark site and its amazing what you can see under a...
by Paul D
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: M33 Triangulum Galaxy
Replies: 7
Views: 51

Re: M33 Triangulum Galaxy

That's a great image Roger. When I was in Gouldsboro Maine, you could see that level of detail in M33 in the eyepiece. Under a dark sky that galaxy is amazing it looks like a big smudge naked eye. After my trip M33 became one of my favorite galaxies.
by Paul D
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Observing in Maine
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Observing in Maine

Steve, I wanted to go to Mount Desert Island and check out Acadia National Park. But hours the park was open were very limited due to Covid and I had the sense that they state was not favoring seeing a car from Rhode Island driving around. My little convoy got stopped once by a game warden and he qu...
by Paul D
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: Digital Setting Circles
Replies: 10
Views: 290

Re: Digital Setting Circles

Bruce, along with the one that is mounted on your ground board you should also have another longer one that mounts to your rocker box. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50370364987_0fef1c3dc5_z.jpg 20170906_101142 by kyphoron , on Flickr Also if you are going to order one I would do it now, most s...
by Paul D
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Observing Reports 2020
Topic: Observing in Maine
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Observing in Maine

To end off my weeks vacation I was invited to my sisters new house in Gouldsboro Maine. She said I had to come up because the skies were so dark. Well she wasn't kidding. This is a light pollution map of Gouldsboro Maine and Stellafane for comparison. Gouldsboro https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/5...
by Paul D
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: Digital Setting Circles
Replies: 10
Views: 290

Re: Digital Setting Circles

Bruce if its an older dob you might want to replace them with higher steps. You can see how many steps the encoders are by looking on the encoder its self. I would say the one you have are probably 4000 steps. This is where I bought my encoders from. I would do nothing lower than 10,000 steps. Most ...
by Paul D
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: Wildfire smoke
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Wildfire smoke

This really shows how much smoke is up there. This is a current satellite map of New England. No clouds over RI, but at zenith there is a hazy blue sky. No clouds or fog. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50345358506_40ccdcc9b0_h.jpg NEmap by kyphoron , on Flickr This is a photo I took at the same...
by Paul D
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: Wildfire smoke
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Wildfire smoke

Last night I had plans to go out and observe. Clear sky clock looked good and my scope was out cooling since afternoon. At about 9:00 I went out and the sky was clear but very murky, I couldn't see Saturn without using averted vision. I thought this was strange. Then I noticed that the whole sky had...
by Paul D
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: The Imager's Studio
Topic: Witch's Broom
Replies: 8
Views: 192

Re: Witch's Broom

Bar Harbor and Sabago lake are perfect observing sites. As a matter of fact when you guys are at Arunah hill I will be observing at Bar Harbor. My sister has invited me many times to go observe at her house in ME and I am taking full advantage of it.
by Paul D
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Galileo's Gabfest
Topic: Digital Setting Circles
Replies: 10
Views: 290

Re: Digital Setting Circles

Bruce on my 16" I use the Nexus DSC. There is no better DSC system out there right now. https://www.astrodevices.com/Products/NexusDSC/index.html I was using the Sky Commander XP4 system and it was a great system. Its what Andy uses on his 18". We did a side by side comparison at Stellafane last yea...