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mdstuart last won the day on February 6 2015

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  1. Has to be the elusive M83 we try to see low down each year at the star party. It also is very beautiful in images.. For those who can stay, Sunday evening should provide some clear skies. Stay safe Helen and everyone. The winds are going to be strong and gusty tommorrow lunchtime and Saturday lunchtime particularly and will come from the south. Place cars on the south side of your tents with any tent openings to the north.
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    NGC 1245 open cluster

    Looks like IC 310 is a special blazar type galaxy with a head and tail jet a bit like m87...
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    NGC 1245 open cluster

    Panic over. I also observed NGC 1171 and IC 310 nearby when the cloud cleared later. Both were faint and fuzzy galaxies. Mark
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    NGC 1245 open cluster

    I am not sure what came over me but I observed a cluster not a galaxy tonight. NGC 1245 is in Perseus. It is a faint glow of stars held in by surrounding brighter stars. Quite beautiful but not faint and fuzzy
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    What Would Be Your Answer To This Question?

    A connection, something similar to looking at an amazing painting.
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    21P with 15x70s

    I can now see it with averted vision in my 8 X 30mm binoculars so it must be about mag 8... Mark
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    18" going Arp in Andromeda and Aries

    That 113 group is one of my favourites... Stunning. Mark
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    Galaxy targets for tonight - Pegasus

    Just a short note to say my evening was very fruitful and I managed to observe a number of the galaxies on the list. The "doubles and triples" were the most memorable so Hickson 93 where I could pick out the three brightest galaxies and the pairs NGC 7563/7559 and NGC 7147/7149. Now I just need a few more clear nights. Mark
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    Galaxy targets for tonight - Pegasus

    Thanks. That 21p comet looks good. Faint tail pointing to the left (west) Mark
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    Galaxy targets for tonight - Pegasus

    Scope base out cooling.. All systems are nominal as they say. Sky is clear... No moon.
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    Galaxy targets for tonight - Pegasus

    The weather looks more promising for tonight.. Mark
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    Galaxy targets for tonight - Pegasus

    Hmm.. Yes I was hopeing that once the cold front was through I might have some joy. Well I have the list ready for whenever the next clear night comes along. Its probably my fault as I ordered a new AZ5 head for mounting my 130p scope on Saturday. Mark
  13. Looking like it might be clear tonight. Going to mop up a few galaxies I have not yet seen in Pegasus.. I have a list to work through with charts. They are all mag 13/14 so if you have a 10 inch scope or above feel free to try some and report back Hickson 93 Trio.pdf IC 1473.pdf IC 5104.pdf NGC 7147.pdf NGC 7149.pdf NGC 7194.pdf NGC 7323 and 7324.pdf UGC 14.pdf NGC 7559.pdf I may just sneak in another view of comet 21p as I am going along. Mark NGC 7328.pdf NGC 7536.pdf NGC 7563.pdf NGC 7643.pdf ngc 7770.pdf UGC 12713.pdf
  14. I was looking at it in a 5 inch reflector last night at the zenith and your description is spot on.. Now try comet 21p above Cassiopeia... Mark
  15. I am Interested in your mount. Any chance you could meet at Shepton Mallet? I am there over the next few days...or at Bridgewater on Monday. Mark

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