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Thursday, May 15th, 2008
An eventful night.  Spent the early hours at an outreach 'star party' at Skinner Montessori school in NE Vancouver......was there as a favor to Stan Seeberg and his wife.   There were approx. 50 school kids [ages 7-11] and their parents.   I looked at it as an obligation, but I ended up enjoying the evening.  The kids were well behaved......many of them had never looked through a telescope before and couldn't get enough.  The parents were as amazed as the kids.   Of course, Saturn was the big hit of the evening.  The seeing wasn't very good, but having no basis of comparison, all thought it was a wonderful sight.   The ooous and ahhhhhs went on and on.   I think everyone thanked me for being there about 6 times over.  
 
Once back home, I had to take advantage of the warm weather and clear sky.   I set up my imaging equipment......but then struggled all night with the camera.   I downloaded an updated version of 'Meade Autostar Suite' software a few days ago.  I should have done a practice run with the new software.  Nothing seemed to work the way I was used to it working.
 
Two hours of frustration did produce one image of the Ring nebula, M57.  I used my 1325mm Mak-Cass and the Meade DSI color without a focal reducer.....to get a little bit of size on the Ring.   I had forgotten just how small it appears.   I wanted to try for M104, the Sombrero galaxy, but by that time it was approaching 2am and I was too tired to continue.   Maybe tonight [5/16]


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Comments:
On 05/21/08 at 06:33am Gene (BigWingBoy) wrote:
Thanx Barry!

Clear Skies

Gene

On 05/19/08 at 12:55am Joash wrote:
thanks for sharing that picture. it looks spetacular..

On 05/18/08 at 10:26pm Barry wrote:
Gene,
Also......the other reason why my photo is mediocre: M57 has a central star with a small, dim companion. In a good photo, on a good night, they will both be visible. Seeing wasn't very good, but I suspect my focus was off a little too.

At any rate, it gives me something to shoot for next time.
Barry

On 05/17/08 at 01:56am Barry wrote:
Thanks. Actually, no, it's not very good. Not sure what I did wrong but the nebula should have a subtle smokey, filmy quality. This image doesn't really do it justice. One of these days I'll get the hang of it.

We do indeed.....and a few more nights where we can actually see the sky. LOL This Spring has been a killer.



On 05/16/08 at 08:37pm Gene 'The BigWingBoy' wrote:
Hi Barry,

Thank you for sharing your images. M57 came out nice, no? Also thank you for sharing your stories. I love putting kiddies at the scope. They love it.

We need a few more hours in the night for observing.

Clear Skies!

Gene 'The BigWingBoy' Harriman
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA





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