[AZ-Observing] Re: naked eye Milky Way

  • From: "Richard Harshaw" <rharshaw2@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 14:39:30 -0700

Wayne, I had a great night a couple of nights ago here in Cave Creek, using
my 6-inch refractor on some tight doubles in Ophiuchus. I split one pair
0.80" using 240x (got a nice figure 8!). Last month I even managed a 0.7"
pair at 500x.  Not bad for a little 6-incher.

Richard Harshaw
Cave Creek, Arizona
Brilliant Sky Observatory

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Benson, AZ 85602
hm ph: 520-586-2244  I wondered how the rest of AZ was doing with the
strangely bright skies we've been having lately, Steve. Even though the
skies have been fairly bright along the horizon, overhead the transparency
has been quite good. One of the main reasons that I live in Mescal is
because I can step out the back door and see a very nice contrasty Milky Way
without having to drive an hour away. If it's good (or even decent) I just
roll out one or both of my telescopes, the big one for deepsky and the
little one for double stars or planets and the moon. During the nights I
look at double stars I merely look at my Sky Atlas 2000, which I use
religiously though its poor cover has recently come off, and look for double
star symbols and star-hop my scope to those stars. I don't know about the
rest of you (many of whom probably use your electronic programs to point
your telescope, though I'm sure there are a couple of us dinosaurs still
around!) but I am disappointed that many  times I cannot resolve the double
star that is supposed to be at that location on the chart. I enjoy the sense
of discovery so that I typically don't check to see what the characteristics
(separation and delta magn) of the chosen double star are. Many times I find
that the delta magnitude is the culprit, the secondary being 5-10 magnitudes
fainter than the primary and being very close. The seeing has been marginal
lately so that I have not been able to split stars much below an arcsecond,
much less trying to split these extreme stars. They're good tests, but the
seeing has to be very good...  
Clear skies,
Wayne (aka Mr. Galaxy)
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Cc: "Bill" <malachite@xxxxxxx>
Subject: [AZ-Observing] naked eye Milky Way
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 03:57:14 -0400

Howdy all;

I watched some TV tonight and decided to step outside and see what I could
from the Happy Jack RV park once the movie was over.  It certainly was
warmer than last night and the wind has finally slowed down to a light

Once I started to get some dark adaption it was a nice view.  There are few
lights near where I have the RV parked and so the Milky Way stood out quite
well.  Obviously, not as good as the SAC observing site at Fredericksen
Meadow, but it was very enjoyable.  Both Sagittarius and Scorpius are well
above the tree line and M 6 and M 7 were easily naked eye.  The Rift within
the glow of the Milky Way was obvious and had some detail from the Lagoon to

I stood outside in pretty thin socks and tennis shoes for all I could take
and then needed to get back to the warm confines of the Winnebago.  I forced
the furnace to kick on for a while and got warmed up enough to post this
message.  It is very nice to have Milky Way right outside your door. 
It is one of the nice treats while living in the RV.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe
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