You guys ever see Omega Centauri, Eta Carinae or the Southern Cross? I can see Omega from my house in Fort Myers (26 degrees latitude) but not the other two. From my yard Omega Centauri is a naked eye fuzzy patch with averted vision. Only when I am in the Keys can I see the other two as it is 24 degrees latitude. Even though they are still very low to the horizon it's over the water and due south. Planetary viewing or imaging in the Keys over the water is fantastic. Hope to get some great Jupiter images with the new refractor this year at the Winter Star Party in Feb of 2012. I think I have Ales talked into coming with me. It would be a great getaway from the cold for you northerners. Mike
I finally got the opportunity to get the new scope out. End of last week the clear sky clock was looking good for overnight. Since Jupiter is best at 5:00 AM and the moon was about 50%, I made myself get out of bed since I didn't know when another opportunity would present itself especially in the Southwest Florida rainy season. I am going to write a full report here in the next couple of days. I will tell you this now, it did not disappoint. I was blessed with fabulous conditions. Very steady air with transparent skies. I've been observing all my life through countless scopes and I have never seen the moon look better. Just like looking through a window. Text book airy disk inside and outside focus. After chasing telescopes for 40 years, I think I have finally found the one I'm satisfied with. Stay tuned... Mike
My first attempt with the new refractor. This is, in my opinion, an exceptional image for a 6" refractor. All the best imagers are using large Maksutovs, reflectors and SCTs to gather as much light as possible. My good friend uses a 300mm Maksutov with a special cooling system. His latest images of Jupiter are amazing. So my expectations are very high. I am quite pleased however to get this good an image.
Mike if I don't see that pic on CN soon I'm afraid I'll have to recommend that treason proceedings commence! We got to get some good stuff from Istar plastered around soon. That should be an excellent start in my "humble" opinion! ;DMike
I'm not sure how to get it on CN. I thought about PMing the moderator and asking if he minded if I posted a picture of my personal telescope from Istar. I have to walk a fine line because of being a vendor. The only place we have free reign is the Vendor section which is questionable about how many actually read there. I want to do something just not sure what yet.