Just became aware of this awesome Website to help you locate a dark sky.
Awesome Mars image in 360! 👍
Very nice image / view from the moon in 360 taken by the Chinese robotic lander mission.
Great work CNSA (China National Space Administration)!
Found some great resources to help to plan my night sky watching, and though it would be a great idea share with you.
Listening to Dr David Grinspoon sitting in for Dr. Tyson on StarTalk about Venus, I realized that we currently have access to real on the ground pictures of a few planets/ moon / comet of our solar system, therefore I thought would be cool to list a few of them here… 👍
Picture taken by a Russian probe – Venera
Picture taken by NASA – Rover
Titan (Saturn moon)
Picture taken by NASA – Cassini–Huygens
Picture by ESA – Rosetta
Yesterday a friend of mine sent a message telling me that the moon was beatiful and I should check it out with my telescope, a few minutes later my lovely wife told me she read that it was a “Snow moon” – based on The Old Farmers Almanac “February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February ”
With that I decided once again to setup my telescope in my porch and managed to take some nice pictures:
And due to Jupiter position in the sky (close to the moon) and spent about one hour adiminring Jupiter and 04 of its moons – Jupiter has 67 moons. Those 04 moons were discovered by Galileo back in 1610: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. 😃
During that process I took the opportunity to “try” to snap some pictures with iPhone6, eyepieces and #80A blue filter… I say “try” because the results do NOT show Jupiter stripes and colors… 😔
I also tried Orion 25mm with Celestron 2x Barlow (equivalent to 12.5mm), but the results were all very similar.
Btw if you take pictures from your telescope with your smartphone, please leave coments.
- Orion XT 8″
- Eyepices: Orion 25mm, Celestron X-Cel LX 12mm and Celestron X-Cel LX 7mm
- iPhone 6 with “Celestron X-Cel LX Telescope Eyepiece Astrophotography Adapter for iPhone 6”
Yes, I know I have a “XT 8”, but hear me out…
Yesterday night had some friends coming over, and as I knew the kids always love to see the night sky, I checked Stellarium software (free) in advance to see what would be quick and easy to see… And turns out I would be able to spot the giant Jupiter from my porch arround 22:00 – not the best viewing condition due to street light…😁
Turns out that we were able to see Jupiter and its 4 biggest moons, which made the kids and adults were happy and one of my friends wondering if he should by a telescope for his son 👍- I used a 12mm eyepiece (100x in my orion xt8) that allowed them to see with a good zoom, but not having to realign the telescope each other second… Yes! “Equatorial mount” telescopes or “goto” telescope would definitely have this issue!
In that process somehow something snapped inside me and made me enquire myself if it was not time invest into a new telescope or somehow my Orion XT 8 that I bought in Kijiij last summer had some issue and it was delivery up to its potential… 😱
After spending a few hours digging into the Internet looking for images /videos that would allow me have an idea of benchmark against my XT8, I found a very nice YouTube video from a gentleman in New Zealand with an Orion Dobsonian XT10 that I am calling it from now on “My Benchmark video” 😉
Those nice images made me put my concerns to rest. It turns out that my XT 8 is really delivering up to its potential and I realize that I should not invest in a new telescope for now!
If you are planning to buy a telescope and need an idea of how you will see, or got into question about the quality/ performance of your equipment take a look into that video, it will definitely help!