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mdstuart last won the day on February 6 2015

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  1. I had a look at this area last night but the transparency was not great. I manged to find the field of view fairly easily. I logged the stars I could spot and managed to get down to 14.5. This was the star below and left of the red arrow above. Looking at cloudy night, the m15 figure is a red magnitude so I think its not going to be possible for me from my mag 5 skies. Something to keep a note of for the first star party that I next attend! Mark
  2. I had a look at the supernova yesterday. Very similar in brightness to the mag 13 star nearby. Not the most transparent night. I certainly could not see the host galaxy. Mark
  3. Well done John. As you know I am amazed how deep you get with your 12 inch. This again shows how much can be achieved with good optics by an experienced observer. So the Horsehead in a 4 inch? Mark
  4. Looking forward to first light. Excellent work.
  5. Fascinating. Interested in how your alt motion is with those bearings once it is all finished as I want to improve my alt motion. Mark
  6. Neil I felt like I was there reading your report. Very jealous you saw M83. Very special evening. It is so amazing isn't it. I was also out last night pottering around. I let the globular M13 drift across the FOV in my 4.7mm x426 eyepiece again and again...am I the only one that does that? Mark
  7. Sky hog I can get just over mag 15 on good nights with my 20 inch and town skies so I will have a go. Mark
  8. Yes lovely and clear. Pleased you managed to see the fourth galaxy ngc 3187. I managed to observe some more markarian galaxies. Some of them are visible even up to 400 million light years away given their active nature. Mark
  9. Sounds like your hooked on observing galaxies! Mark
  10. WOW. Maybe I will get you to make me some. Mark
  11. Excellent. Looking forward to seeing the built version. Mark
  12. Fair enough. Just something I have pondered after my build. Mark
  13. If you make the base and arcs wide enough you could use embedded rollers like on your az movement. Mark
  14. I have also just come in after a long relaxing session under the stars. Lovely to see Hercules and M13 and Lyra rising again, Summer is coming. I managed to see all my targets tonight so my transparency was good. So encouraged to read everyone's posts about their observing and imaging this evening. Mark
  15. Here is an image showing ngc 5263 at the left and m3 in the centre.
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