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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. All things being equal. Light pollution, equipment and altitude of object... ...M74. Others may have similar surface brightness e.g. M108, however the lack of brightish nearby stars doesn't help. Observing them all using star hopping technique is a great way to learn the sky and your equipment. Cheers Paul
  2. There is area just off the road to the east of the pub that has some sheltering earthworks. Good luck. Paul
  3. Excellent! Need stamina to last all night... ...5907 is on my recommended list. Sooo many sights Magic. Paul
  4. The Ethos gives ~40 magnification. Was a case of movement highlighting a missing part of IC434 repeatedly in exactly the right location. Girding my loins for an astrophotography session tonight...
  5. Took the lazy option and opted for the TMB 92mm f5.5 Flourite triplet APO with 31m Nagler, 13m Ethos and UHC & Hbeta filters. Can carry it out fully set up from the bedroom to the screened observing spot in the back garden. M33, M35 naked eye. Milky Way deep down into Monoceros. Started with some Milky Way cruising to get fully dark adapted then to cut to the chase... IC 434 was easily visible without a filter, the H beta added more contrast and with gentle movement of the scope brought out the Horsehead!! I wouldn't have believed it until it happened. Previous minimum aperture for the HH had been 200mm. The brightest part of Barnard's Loop was 'obvious' to the north of M78, unfiltered. Wished I had a finder chart for the Eridanus Loop but didn't want to loose my dark adaptation, could be a long wait for another night that transparent though!!! Repeatedly observed the HH and Loop between brighter fuzzies to confirm my observations. That was an eye opener of a session!! Hope you all got an eyeful Paul Edit Image taken the following night. Canon 7D MKII Star71 on AstroTrac.
  6. A favourite area for clusters..! Works well with various size instruments from binoculars through to big scopes. Cassiopeia is well placed this tie of year. Also a few towards Cepheus and Lacerta. Milky Way cruising!! Paul
  7. A couple of planetary nebulae in that area. NGC 2022 (12.8, dark mottled centre thru a 16" couple of weeks back) and Abell 12. Abell 12 (12.4) is tricky as a bright star is nearby. The Peanut is relatively straight forward, Medusa and Jellyfish are great challenges. Wide FOV helps for Medusa, nice diffuse arc with OIII, 18" scope). Have managed two components of the Jellyfish (18" scope, main filament and a knot on the 'other side'). Monkey head can be seen in binoculars (clear, dark sky...), cannot remember trying the Snowballs. I remember looking and I assume observing Lowers through my 18"....need to dig out my observing notes from a backup drive. As you note clear, dark skies and patience needed. Cheers Paul
  8. I've taken a refractor to the Canaries many times. No problem. They see hundreds of camera telephoto lenses. Scope in hand luggage and tripod in hold luggage. You must get away from any resorts and up above any cloud inversion layer. 'til next time! Paul
  9. Hi there Are you sure you are not mistaking Hubble's Variable Nebula? Which is exactly as you describe. The Cone is very, very difficult..? See example attempts below... http://www.deepskyforum.com/showthread.php?678-Object-of-t-he-Week-January-25-2015-NGC-2264-the-Cone-Nebula Cheers Paul
  10. Last Monday. A dry easterly wind had blown away the clouds leaving the clearest of skies. Set up at the top of Claerwen Dam. Dark and remote. The Milky Way shimmered on the water to the sound of the water cascading into the valley. Using a TMB 92 f5.5 APO, 31 mm Nagler and UHC filter as required. A big voyage along the Milky Way. M26 and M11 a little too low down for their best in Scutum. NGC 6633 and IC4756 fitting in the same field. Barnard’s ’E’ in Aquila darkly silhouetted against a starry background. The Coathanger easily fitting in the large 5 degree field. Stars pinpoint. M71 stood out well in Vulpecula and the Dumbell a gem. In with the UHC filter. The Veil Nebula was awesome!!! Both main components and Pickering’s Triangle visible in the same view. Spent ages looking at this. Could also get Gienah in the same field making an amazing context for the Veil and Cygnus. The North America and Pelican nebulae billowed in the wide field. Cassiopeia clusters…NGC 7789, Caroline Herschel’s find is beautiful dust. M52, the Owl Cluster, NGC 663 and M103 filled the eyepiece with a starry show. The Pacman nebula glowed faintly. Scooting off to Andromeda, 3 ½ degrees or more wide. Dark lanes, star associations. M33 a haze with a hint of a swirl. The Double Cluster!! Pinpoint diamonds. Not forgetting Stock 2. Alpha Persei Cluster was a loose splashy cluster. Kemble’s Cascade flowed gently across the eye. The Auriga Messiers M38, 36 and 37 hung above the hillside. Magic. Just because we could, we spun around and about picking up Messier globulars – 30, 2, 15, 92 and 13, Messier galaxies – 51, 101 and 74. Returned to The Veil for a final eyeful. Two hours of heaven, from an amazing location. P.S. This was a special night and I just had to write something down. We returned to our scopes back at our accommodation and at one point had The Horsehead visible in 16, 10 & 8 ¾” dobsonians at the same time, with and without UHC filters. The RASC Finest NGC List guided us through the remainder of the night. Thanks for being here. Paul Image by my cousin Dave. First cut processing.
  11. Really clear last night and the NGC206 was visible through my 15x50 IS binocuars. Those SJM books are great (I am referenced in one of them..!). I recommend the http://messier.seds.org/xtra/similar/rasc-ngc.html as a next step from the Messiers. Cheers Paul
  12. Great stuff. NGC 206 is a bright star cloud in M31 and a good feature to spot. I really enjoy using my 92mm refractor from dark skies. Cheers Paul
  13. That is a very long list for a short talk to 9 y.o. audience. 'Less is more'. All the above is good stuff, especially models/planets. Teach them...my very easy method just speeds up naming (planets). Cheers
  14. I have the complete Astrotrac set up. Pier, wedge, head and AT-AG. I now use a Polemaster for alignment. This carries a William Optics Star71, Canon 7D MkII and unit power finder. I have found that my problems with the AT system have disappeared with using the Polemaster. Easy to align and re-align during a session. Paul
  15. Just in from 30 mins out the back picking clear spots twixt the clouds. Just had to get some starlight!!! Canon 15x50 IS binoculars. MW easily visible from Perseus through to Scutum. Much mottling with dark dust clouds. M26 and M11 and lovely Scutum star cloud and dark nebulae. Barnards 'E' in Aquila. M71, Brocchi's Cluster. A quick branch off to M!3 and M92 in Hercules. M27 aside the Cygnus Rift. NA nebula prominent and the Eastern Veil a faint arc. M39 a triangle and the long dark 'rift' leading towards the Cocoon. Caroline's Cluster, M52, Pacman, NGC 147, M103, NGC63 in Cass, 'cluster central'. M31, 32 and 110. M33, a smudge. M15 a gem in Pegasus. Double cluster and Kembles Cascade a favourite. The stars and objects seemed especially alive tonight Wallowed in the splendour. Hope y'all get your fill of the universe soon! Cheers Paul
  16. More here..! http://www.astronomy-mall.com/Adventures.In.Deep.Space/webpages.htm Good hunting! Paul
  17. Is NC 7006 in Delphinus on your list? Paul
  18. It will be visible through 10x50s. Should be visible naked eye, if the sky is dark enough... ...however, I think that you need to wait until your late winter/spring for it to be above the horizon. Hopefully, an Oz 'local' can confirm this. Paul
  19. Too true!!!!!! I failed to observe the Loop many times from the UK. A visit up on Mt Teide, Tenerife, sorted that out with views of nearly 180 degrees arc using wide field refractors plus/minus H beta filters. Also the nebula around the 'head' of Orion. Subsequently, I observed the brightest portion from Llyn Brenig in North Wales. There are significantly darker skies than high on Tenerife, just needing time and money! Good hunting, Paul.
  20. More like the centre of the Milky Way. Very nicely done... ...no, am not at all jealous Paul
  21. Hi I've managed Sh 2-91 through an 18" Obsession with filter from a dark site (Llyn Brenig) on a nice transparent night. Probably 10+ years ago. Will try with my 16" next season. Thanks for the reminder Paul
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