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Link Posted: 12/4/2017 10:23:25 PM EDT
Looking at the stars is when I really wish I had WP.
Link Posted: 12/5/2017 12:27:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC:
Here is my report and pics of Orion from a few nights back.

Sky Conditions
- Very transparent, but a lot of turbulence due to a storm that just passed a few days earlier.
- City sky glow

Location
- Southern Kalifornia
- Elevation at location, 2100ft.
- Temp - 52deg F
- Humidity - 20%
- Time of Night - 2130hrs

Equipment Used
- Celestron C11 CPC Series
- 11" (279mm) Aperture
- Focal Length - 2800 f/10 ***1764mm f/6.3 reducer not used in this session***
- Alignment Method - 2 Star
- 40mm Tele Vue Plossl (1.25" adapter used with Tele Vue 2" Star Diagonal)
- 21mm Tele Vue ETHOS
- Tele Vue Proto PVS-14 Objective Lens Adapter
- TNV-14 installed with L3 Mil Spec Omni 8 White Phosphor Filmless

- 38.2 S/N

- 82LP

- .8 EBI

- 2563 Photocathode
- Galaxy S7 Edge on-board camera
- Tele Vue FoneMate

No narrow band H-a filters were used in these shots below of M42 Orion Nebula. The views below are in no way represented on how good the native eye through the eyepiece looked. It was stunning. No special doctoring of the photo's where attempted, nor any photoshop work. These are the raw images from the Galaxy S7. The gain was turned down on the 21mm ETHOS pics to mitigate some scintillation. The 40mm Plossl, the gain was full up and a bit nosier as you can see.

40mm Tele Vue Plossl
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/Clutch99/40mm%20Plossl_zpshurrc3ie.jpg

21mm Tele Vue ETHOS
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/Clutch99/21mm%20Ethos_zps4dwzvx3z.jpg
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One thing is for certain. WP kicks the fuck out of green for star gazing. The more pics and videos I see the more undeniable it is.
Link Posted: 12/7/2017 6:03:07 PM EDT
This is a great thread in my op. . Thanks for sharing guys!!
Link Posted: 12/8/2017 4:02:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/8/2017 8:17:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC:

I've been using NV with my telescope for many years. In areas where there is light pollution and/or small aperture telescopes. a small 6" scopes can become a 10" scope when introducing NVD's to it. Good stuff!
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Mine is a 8" schmidt cassegrain at f10. I was able to find the ring nebula and several other cool things. 8" did not have enough light gathering to see the star in the middle of the ring, but it was cool to find it on my own without the aid of a computer.
Link Posted: 12/9/2017 12:42:49 AM EDT
what would be a good starter scope to use with a single pvs14? I try a few times a year to hit the high sierra's for meteor showers which are cool as hell under nods. I would like to introduce my niece to the stars and since I have the NV it's a bonus.
Link Posted: 12/11/2017 7:58:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/12/2017 1:01:33 PM EDT
Heads-up, Earthlings!

The annual Geminid meteor shower has arrived, peaking overnight Dec. 13-14. It's a good time to bundle up, go outside and let the universe blow your mind!

Get the details: http://go.nasa.gov/2jEepCC
Link Posted: 12/12/2017 11:22:18 PM EDT
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What might be your budget?
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Originally Posted By CaliContractor:
what would be a good starter scope to use with a single pvs14? I try a few times a year to hit the high sierra's for meteor showers which are cool as hell under nods. I would like to introduce my niece to the stars and since I have the NV it's a bonus.
What might be your budget?
Ideally under 1k as it will be used maybe 6 times year. Is that even doable? I do realize when it comes to glass you get what you pay for being a swaro bino owner.
Link Posted: 12/13/2017 10:56:27 AM EDT
With near-perfect conditions in the offing, sky-watchers should get ready for an early holiday treat.

The Geminid meteor shower is upon us, and it promises to be one of the best shooting star shows of the year.

The annual shower will peak this evening and into the early morning of December 14, when viewers can expect to see dozens of meteors an hour traveling at 20 miles per second.
Link Posted: 12/13/2017 5:31:40 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/13/2017 5:47:22 PM EDT
Saw a dozen in about an hour last night, but tonight should be primo!
Link Posted: 12/13/2017 9:33:15 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/14/2017 7:30:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2017 12:14:40 PM EDT
Can y'all help me with something? I went out last night to watch the meteors with my TNVC -14 and when staring at the night sky, the honeycomb was incredibly distracting. I adjusted the gain all the way down until the image was basically dark, and it's still visible even then.
Link Posted: 12/14/2017 2:49:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2017 3:04:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2017 3:15:14 PM EDT by carlos87]
The Rings of Uranus are much brighter in IR/Red I have heard. Would be cool to put a PVS14 on one of the very low focal length Naglers in something large like a C14 and look for it. If nothing else you might get a chance to see cloud detail in Uranus and Neptune visually as the albedo differences are much more prominent in the Red to IR spectrum. Another aspect of this is the IR light is less affected by atmospheric "seeing" conditions, so on the dimmer two outer planets, NV would probably be the best way to see them visually. When taking pictures of Mercury, Venus, Mars, etc most have used IR as the luminance channel as it's less affected by the atmosphere.

Hopefully this forum is smarter than GD and knows I am talking about the actual planet
Link Posted: 12/14/2017 8:54:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/15/2017 11:15:26 AM EDT
Has anyone found a cell phone adapter for a PVS-7 that actually works?

I like using my -7d for astronomy because it fills both eyes and is easier for other people to look through it than a -14.
Link Posted: 12/20/2017 8:43:53 PM EDT
I posted this in GD in the ufo thread
I'v only had my NV for around 3 weeks and have not spent a lot of time looking at the stars yet.
You all ever seen stuff like that in the sky. I've watch satellites before, but they just move in a straight line.
This thing zigged and zagged fast.

Went out for around 15 minutes with my pvs14's and seen some weird movement.
Very clear night I can see Andromeda galaxy directly above me. I was chillin and watching for satellites
when I see what I think is one moving from North to South very fast. I had to track it by pivoting my head to keep it in my field of view.
This thing started to change direction while maintaining the same speed. It would change course by about 10 degrees one way and then the other zig zagging .
I was thinking if I was watching a meteor but it had no tail. It was just a tiny pin point of light just like a satellite.
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Link Posted: 12/21/2017 11:16:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2017 1:29:42 AM EDT
I wonder if what were seeing is light shining off of birds causing this effect.
I checked out the sky tonight with clouds and did not see anything but didn't watch long. If it were birds or bats I would think you would see the same strang effect on a cloudy night whith no visable stars.
Link Posted: 12/22/2017 4:58:31 PM EDT
I’ve never seen one zigzag but I’ve seen satellites change direction without losing any momentum.
Link Posted: 12/22/2017 8:53:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2017 9:49:53 PM EDT
I need a partly cloudy night to see if these thing disappear behind clouds.
Some Cirrus or Cirrocumulus would be great as they are real high.
Link Posted: 4/30/2018 12:18:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2018 1:06:38 PM EDT by TNVC]
Link Posted: 10/13/2018 12:24:34 AM EDT
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BTT the GD thread should push some traffic this way and this thread is easily one of the best ever posted. TNVC post more pics plz plz plz

ETA Sticky this ftw
Link Posted: 10/13/2018 11:14:40 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/29/2018 3:20:47 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/29/2018 10:01:53 PM EDT
Was on Lake Buchanan recently and had a chance to look through someone’s telescopes with my TNVC L3 WP. Admittedly I know this is the adapter thread and I do NOT have an adapter, but here we are.

One of these is orion’s Nebula and the other is the andromeda galaxy. My iPhone X does a totally shit job of capturing what the human eye could easily perceive. After using NV to look through a telescope, I never want to do it another way!!





Link Posted: 12/29/2018 10:24:07 PM EDT
For anyone intrigued by NV astronomy, I would recommend just two accessories, a 3x magnifier (should have one anyways) and a hydrogen alpha (h-alpha) filter. Without exaggeration, I never leave these two behind whenever going somewhere dark. Main advantage to me of NV astronomy is that it allows for very wide fields of view.

The native 40 deg FOV of a PVS-14 shows the sky in a way that very few can perceive, save from the darkest locations. The 3x magnifiers that go for pretty cheap have good glass and allow for a nice sweet spot in terms of field of view. More detail in the sky is revealed and objects like star clusters and galaxies really pop out. An h-alpha filter (7 or 12nm wide, for most locations) allows for emission nebula to be seen, something that is essentially impossible with the naked eye, no matter how dark the observation site is. Amazing to see large glowing fluffy clouds of interstellar hydrogen just hanging in the sky overhead.
Link Posted: 3/2/2019 1:38:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2019 1:50:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2019 2:39:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2019 2:40:29 PM EDT by carlos87]
I wonder what M57 / Ring Nebula would look like with the spinning wheel color PVS14 adapter. You can barely see color visually with 14 inch plus telescopes
Link Posted: 3/7/2019 7:19:18 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/17/2019 10:00:22 PM EDT
As soon as I figure out an astronomy set up I’ll be jumping on one. Thanks for the advice today Vic about this stuff. I really want to take advantage of the dark skies we have in N.AZ but I literally know nothing about astronomy scopes.

Reminds me of when I first got into night vision. Definitely don’t want to repeat those relatively expensive first mistakes buying the wrong stuff.
Link Posted: 4/18/2019 1:51:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC:
New filters have arrived and will be up on our web site shortly!
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POST MORE PICS PLZ OMG
Link Posted: 7/19/2019 11:08:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2019 2:17:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2019 11:12:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC:
New filters have arrived and will be up on our web site shortly!
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Bruh, this adapter filter thread is useless without lots of really cool astronomy pictures. PLEASE IT'S THE BEST THING HERE EVER
Link Posted: 9/10/2019 6:24:21 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/10/2019 7:33:23 PM EDT
Not sure if I should even ask, but where does someone learn about telescopes to put my NODs on? Is there an ARFcom version of Astronomy?
Link Posted: 9/10/2019 9:47:31 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By KPog:
Not sure if I should even ask, but where does someone learn about telescopes to put my NODs on? Is there an ARFcom version of Astronomy?
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No, better than arfcom
Link Posted: 9/10/2019 11:45:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2019 5:47:08 PM EDT
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