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A long delayed returnto observing

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A long delayed returnto observing was created by william coghlan

No point in unnecessary explainations so here goes. Just returned indoors after 1 1/2 hours of visual observations of Jupiter and the Pleiades cluster. First proper setup in over 2 years.
Equipment:
Orion Optics 300mm F4 Dobsonian.
Televue Parracor (Visual)
Televue Panoptic 41mm
Televue Nagler 22mm
Televue Nagler 11mm

Tried the 6mm Radian on Jupiter but seeing just not good enough, or possibly I didn't allow enough time for ambient temperature.

Parracor necessary as flattener and as an extension for the focuser (about 5 inches short of focus with the Panoptic)
Impressions:
I'm so glad I'm back!
Couldn't see all of the Pleiades with the panoptic (c. x29) but it was still amazing. Terms like immersive can be overused but it's appropriate here.
Banding very clear on Jupiter with a strong impression of swirls in the dark bands.

Many thanks to Mr John Nooney from Clonkill Observatory in Mullingar who kindly helped me recallibrate the Dobs after 2 years parked near a radiator in my utility room.
Looking forward to the MAC Winter schedule of meetings and observing.
Meade LX90 12" LNT
Orion Optics 12" f4 Dobsonian
EPs: currently in transition state
Health: CAF (Chronic Aperture Fever). No known cure. Known to cause Dobs to expand into Obsession.
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Replied by Keith g on topic Re: A long delayed returnto observing

Glad you got out William, I'm off the pace for a while also, but darker night are coming.

Keith.
If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: A long delayed returnto observing

sounds great William, also looking forward to a good frosty winter.
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Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: A long delayed returnto observing

Welcome back to the fold William. Your 'small' binoculars you had on Friday night (16th) at the MAC outreach event were impressive.

:)
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