Re: (IAAC) Fellow Orion user
Gary Otteson wrote:
> I live in downtown Philadelphia. I use an 8" Celestron SCT with, for the
> most part, a 12mm Nagler and a 22mm Panoptic (the Panoptic is on the
> scope most of the time). A couple of months ago I was able to find one
> galazy in the Virgo cluster, but I've never found another. Yet, I seem
> able to locate M81/M82 almost at will, I think because they are higher
> in the sky. The variability of the skies and the general hit or miss
> nature of this whole endevour becomes a major part of the wonder, as far
> as this newbie can tell. Don't despair: you'll see it all in time. The
> levels of possible interest seem to be bottomless.
Do you belong to one of the Philadelphia area astronomy clubs? If not, may I
suggest that you give the DVAA a try? Meetings are held at the Schuylkill Center
for Environmental Education on Hagys Mill Road on the second Friday of each
month. See http://www.libertynet.org/dvaa/ for further information.