Orion Telescope and Binoculars

Posted November 24, 2014 by rogerivester
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NGC 7640 – Galaxy in Andromeda

Posted November 15, 2014 by rogerivester
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Observers Challenge Report:  OCTOBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-7640

10-inch reflector at 183x from my moderately polluted backyard, this galaxy is faint with an overall low surface brightness.  It is elongated NNW-SSE, with a subtle brightening in the central region, and is situated inside a triangle of three fairly faint stars.  roger  
 

M30 – Globular Cluster in Capricornus

Posted October 28, 2014 by rogerivester
Categories: Observers Challenge

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Pencil sketch using a 10-inch Newtonian reflector @ 195x

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Image by Dr. James Dire of Hawaii using a 190 mm Maksutov-Newtonian telescope.

To read the full report, click on the following link:

SEPTEMBER 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-030-1

Bright and well concentrated globular cluster. Using a 10-inch reflector, at 195x some partial resolution of stars. The cluster is elongated E-W, with two distinct star chains radiating out toward the N and NW. A fainter chain extends NNE. The most northerly chain is comprised of four stars. When using a 102 mm refractor, the star chains could not be seen, but the edges appear very irregular, with a brighter middle, and with an E-W elongation.

M30 has always been one of my favorite globular clusters, due in part to the unique star chains extending out from the very bright central region.    Roger Ivester

NGC 6822, Barnard’s Galaxy – Sagittarius – Difficult and faint with very low surface brightness

Posted September 28, 2014 by rogerivester
Categories: Observers Challenge

The following sketch was made using a No.2 pencil, a 5 x 8 blank note card with the colors inverted using a computer. 

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The following image, courtesy of Dr. James Dire of Hawaii, using a 190 mm Maksutov-Newtonian telescope. 

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Read the complete Las Vegas Astronomical Observers Challenge Report, click on the following link: 

AUGUST 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – NGC-6822

An evening of observing at Lost Arrow Ranch, located in the foothills of western North Carolina

Posted September 21, 2014 by rogerivester
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On Saturday, September 20th, members of the Cleveland County Astronomical Society met at the Lost Arrow ranch for an evening of observing.  Owners, Mike and Jackie Price have provided this excellent dark sky site for our use for many years.  This is a fabulous and beautiful site…

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M 101 Galaxy in Ursa Major – Face-on spiral with low surface brightness.

Posted September 6, 2014 by rogerivester
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JULY 2014 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-101 NGC 5457

Pencil sketch with inverted colors

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Original sketch:

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A good quality telescope can provide a lifetime of observing

Posted August 19, 2014 by rogerivester
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I purchased this 10-inch classic Newtonian reflector almost 25 years ago and it continues to be the telescope I use the most.  It  was the following advertisement that caught my eye in the late 80′s.  I wanted the DS-16A, but I knew it would be too heavy and large, so I would later choose the 10-inch version.

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