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Re: Mars better than ever!

Jim Tallman
 

Have you tried using the solar filter yet?


:)




On Oct 6, 2020 at 08:53, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Have you tried stacking all the filters? Why not throw in a barlow?

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 8:37:12 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Once again Mars looked incredible in my 5" APO refractor on this night before its closest approach, 22 arc-seconds in angular size, or about half way between the size of Saturn's disc and Jupiter's.

 

I tired numerous filters so here are the results:

 

1. No filter, nice because Mars is so natural looking.

 

2. Vernonscope Wratten 25 red by far shows the best surface details but Mars in dark red is very unnatural.

 

3. Vernonscope Wratten 21 orange stacked with Mars A, wonderful details, almost as good as #25 but more natural and pleasing looking.

 

4. Mars A filter, natural, albeit a bit orange.

 

5. Vernonscope Wratten 85 salmon almost as good as the Mars A filter



Re: Mars better than ever!

Kent Blackwell
 

Ted, my best view was with a 7mm Pentax XW eyepeice. At least on Mars the superb Vixen 3.4mm HR is too much power and I'm more comfortable using eyepieces with 20mm eye relief (Pentax & Tele Vue Delos to mention a few) because there is plenty of room to place the filter between my eye and the eye lens. To my of thinking it's better than having to remove the eyepiece and screw in a filter, especially to get quick comparisons of various filters. Of all the color filters I have found none match the image quality of Vernonscope's. They're not multi-coated. In fact they're not coated at all but they still produce sharper images than anyone else's I've tried. When I bought my Vernonscope filters they were a steal at $7.95 each. Now they're $39.95, still a good deal, considering inflation. 


Re: Mars better than ever!

Ted Forte
 

I got my best look at Mars last night between midnight and 1:30am (that’s MST remember – we don’t do daylight savings time here in Arizona).  All this past week I’ve been getting out around 4 am, but Mars is already getting pretty low by then.

 

So, last night I got my first transit view since September 23rd.  The added altitude really makes a difference. I agree with Kent that the unfiltered view is the most pleasing, but I employed the Mars A filter to bring out surface detail, a blue filter to look for cloud features, and a neutral density moon filter to just cut the glare down.  A Deep Sky filter also works.

 

I don’t really have a cache of planet eyepieces – I use a 7mm Ortho on Mars but also use Naglers and Radians (in the 18 -inch). Seeing is seldom (if ever) good enough to obsess over how many glass elements I put in the light path. LOL

 

Ted

BBAA West

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:51 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Mars better than ever!

 

Hey Kent thanks for sharing your experience with filters. Yes last night was splendid. Mars looked great even without filters - Saturn and Jupiter were not too shabby either.

Cheers

Ian

On 10/6/2020 8:37 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:

Once again Mars looked incredible in my 5" APO refractor on this night before its closest approach, 22 arc-seconds in angular size, or about half way between the size of Saturn's disc and Jupiter's.

 

I tired numerous filters so here are the results:

 

1. No filter, nice because Mars is so natural looking.

 

2. Vernonscope Wratten 25 red by far shows the best surface details but Mars in dark red is very unnatural.

 

3. Vernonscope Wratten 21 orange stacked with Mars A, wonderful details, almost as good as #25 but more natural and pleasing looking.

 

4. Mars A filter, natural, albeit a bit orange.

 

5. Vernonscope Wratten 85 salmon almost as good as the Mars A filter


Re: Mars better than ever!

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Kent thanks for sharing your experience with filters. Yes last night was splendid. Mars looked great even without filters - Saturn and Jupiter were not too shabby either.

Cheers

Ian

On 10/6/2020 8:37 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:

Once again Mars looked incredible in my 5" APO refractor on this night before its closest approach, 22 arc-seconds in angular size, or about half way between the size of Saturn's disc and Jupiter's.

 

I tired numerous filters so here are the results:

 

1. No filter, nice because Mars is so natural looking.

 

2. Vernonscope Wratten 25 red by far shows the best surface details but Mars in dark red is very unnatural.

 

3. Vernonscope Wratten 21 orange stacked with Mars A, wonderful details, almost as good as #25 but more natural and pleasing looking.

 

4. Mars A filter, natural, albeit a bit orange.

 

5. Vernonscope Wratten 85 salmon almost as good as the Mars A filter


Re: Mars better than ever!

jimcoble2000
 

Have you tried stacking all the filters? Why not throw in a barlow?

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 8:37:12 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Once again Mars looked incredible in my 5" APO refractor on this night before its closest approach, 22 arc-seconds in angular size, or about half way between the size of Saturn's disc and Jupiter's.

 

I tired numerous filters so here are the results:

 

1. No filter, nice because Mars is so natural looking.

 

2. Vernonscope Wratten 25 red by far shows the best surface details but Mars in dark red is very unnatural.

 

3. Vernonscope Wratten 21 orange stacked with Mars A, wonderful details, almost as good as #25 but more natural and pleasing looking.

 

4. Mars A filter, natural, albeit a bit orange.

 

5. Vernonscope Wratten 85 salmon almost as good as the Mars A filter


Mars better than ever!

Kent Blackwell
 

Once again Mars looked incredible in my 5" APO refractor on this night before its closest approach, 22 arc-seconds in angular size, or about half way between the size of Saturn's disc and Jupiter's.

 

I tired numerous filters so here are the results:

 

1. No filter, nice because Mars is so natural looking.

 

2. Vernonscope Wratten 25 red by far shows the best surface details but Mars in dark red is very unnatural.

 

3. Vernonscope Wratten 21 orange stacked with Mars A, wonderful details, almost as good as #25 but more natural and pleasing looking.

 

4. Mars A filter, natural, albeit a bit orange.

 

5. Vernonscope Wratten 85 salmon almost as good as the Mars A filter


Re: Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

Jim Tallman
 

No problem Chuck,  hope that one will work

Jim


On Oct 4, 2020 at 05:33, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

Thanks Jim.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:35 PM
To: BackBayAstro <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

 

Maybe this will work.

 

Jim

 

 

On Oct 3, 2020 at 16:28, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Chuck,

 

I spent much time on Meade's website, and found lots of manuals for newer scopes, but none for the 130 Newt Autostar.  In fact, when I clicked on some of the Meade links, I got a "403" error, "Forbidden".  Like this:

 

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access this resource.

 

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

 

 

 

On October 3, 2020 4:11 PM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

 

 

George,

 

You can probably go up on Meade’s customer’s service site and ownload a anual

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

 

Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

 

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 

 


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Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 

 

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org

 


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Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 



Re: Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

charles jagow
 

Thanks Jim.

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:35 PM
To: BackBayAstro <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

 

Maybe this will work.

 

Jim

 

 

On Oct 3, 2020 at 16:28, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Chuck,

 

I spent much time on Meade's website, and found lots of manuals for newer scopes, but none for the 130 Newt Autostar.  In fact, when I clicked on some of the Meade links, I got a "403" error, "Forbidden".  Like this:

 

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access this resource.

 

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

 

 

 

On October 3, 2020 4:11 PM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

 

 

George,

 

You can probably go up on Meade’s customer’s service site and ownload a anual

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

 

Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

 

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 

 

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org

 



Re: Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

Jim Tallman
 

Maybe this will work.

Jim


On Oct 3, 2020 at 16:28, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Chuck,

I spent much time on Meade's website, and found lots of manuals for newer scopes, but none for the 130 Newt Autostar.  In fact, when I clicked on some of the Meade links, I got a "403" error, "Forbidden".  Like this:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access this resource.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.



On October 3, 2020 4:11 PM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


George,

 

You can probably go up on Meade’s customer’s service site and ownload a anual

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt


Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

 

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 



--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512



George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org




Re: Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

vp
 

Chuck,

I spent much time on Meade's website, and found lots of manuals for newer scopes, but none for the 130 Newt Autostar.  In fact, when I clicked on some of the Meade links, I got a "403" error, "Forbidden".  Like this:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access this resource.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.



On October 3, 2020 4:11 PM charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:


George,

 

You can probably go up on Meade’s customer’s service site and ownload a anual

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt


Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

 

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 



--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512



George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

charles jagow
 

George,

 

You can probably go up on Meade’s customer’s service site and ownload a anual

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of "George Reynolds via groups.io" <pathfinder027@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

 

Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

 

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Manual for Meade 130mm Newt

George Reynolds
 

Does anyone have a manual for an old Meade Autostar 130mm Newtonian reflector?  The telescope was donated to the club today, and I do not have an operator manual or instruction manual for it.

If you have one, let me know, and I will make a copy of it for this scope.  I want to fix it up to give to someone who needs a telescope.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

Jeffrey Thornton
 
Edited

Thanks Jeff,

It worked.


8 inch dob

preciousmyprecious
 

I am looking to buy your 8 inch dob you no longer use. It would be be best to text me at 757 647 7853

Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


Re: Mars observations

Ian Stewart
 

Not great imaging weather with the full moon but I have been out with the new ES127 triplet. I have it on a Losmandy AZ8. Jupiter and Saturn have been great. Mars was a little mushy early in the evening but settles down nicely as it got higher. I can only get 225x with my eyepieces but still able to see some surface features and a glimpse at the polar cap once in awhile. I'll have to get a couple of filters and give those a try.
Cheers
Ian


Re: BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

Jeff Goldstein
 

Here’s the link and the passcode to the recorded meeting.  Ted’s presentation begins at 35min 38 secs.

My apologies for the first link that I sent.  It does need a Passcode.

Please highlight the Access Passcode below, and copy it.  Then click on the link.  When asked for the passcode, hit paste.

 

Topic: BBAA

Start Time : Oct 1, 2020 07:11 PM

 

Meeting Recording:

https://vccs.zoom.us/rec/share/56yBZPK_QNBQtgoLKvuYBesToovDGXriddMEHoCUmLnP8YJA6Sh5UjGrKTwXMWU2.aVZq2qGakQcZ75NM

 

Access Passcode: BBAA_1001

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Goldstein

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Thornton
Sent: Friday, October 2, 2020 2:13 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

 

Is there anyway to view the recording of last nights meeting?


Re: BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

Jeff Goldstein
 

Here’s the link for last night’s BBAA Meeting with Ted Forte as Speaker.

Ted’s Presentation begins at time 35:38, so just scroll ahead to view it.

https://vccs.zoom.us/rec/share/g9PI7q_AcbkBThgNMugdA9UuPCYEfYk0StPHTmnqe9UfHOBBfvAl3xc_RCOxaeMl.6m2CRAEXTo2tx8gO?startTime=1601593886000

 

Please let me know if you need a password.  I can’t find one.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Goldstein

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Thornton
Sent: Friday, October 2, 2020 2:13 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

 

Is there anyway to view the recording of last nights meeting?


Re: BBAA MEETING THURSDAY, 10/1 at 7:30pm

Jeffrey Thornton
 

Is there anyway to view the recording of last nights meeting?


Re: Celestron outfit

joseph_piotrowski <joepiotrowski@cox.net>
 

Let me know if you change your mind. Thanks.


Re: Celestron outfit

charles jagow
 

Thanks, but I think I will pass, wish you the very best in health and selling your equipment

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Oct 1, 2020, at 09:45, joepiotrowski@... wrote:

Would be willing to break up into main groups but not further for now. Also for everything was willing to go 50% off but with breakup I think 40% more fair.
The mount is really nice also and fits the celestron really well.see the pic.
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