Astro Log: December 30th, 2015

Equipment: Orion Skyview 6 Deluxe EQ, Nikon 10x50 binoculars (new item), 32mm TeleVue Plössl eyepiece (new item), 9mm Planetary eyepiece.

Previously viewed objects: Messier 42, Messier 45, Messier 31

Not much of a night out, but I did get to try out the TeleVue 32mm Plössl eyepiece I picked up a couple of months ago finally, along with the 10x50 binoculars I got for Christmas. Both were very nice, but while it was a reasonably clear night it was awfully humid. The eyepieces and the binoculars were fogging up a lot (hairdryer to the rescue there), and there was rather more of a haze than I like. I used the 6” scope instead of the Dob because I didn’t want to move a bunch of wood from a woodworking project I’ve been working on when what I mostly wanted to do was test out a particular eyepiece anyway.

The Orion Nebula looked amazing in the new 32mm, though. The binoculars were also really nice, but I think they’ll really shine when I’m out in the dark somewhere and can use them to look at some truly large structures. I think one of those folding chairs you can lay down in would be helpful, though; the 10x50s are small enough that you can use them without a tripod, but they’re still a bit heavy to hold steady and crane your neck at weird angles.

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