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Helix

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  1. Hi, I am checking my eyepieces and I have 3 full cases of them so I decided to cut down a bit and fund my new projects I am selling TV 7 mm Nagler smooth side, Japan: £125 postage included. Sold. Optically in perfect condition. Boxed. It has both end caps but I doubt they are original. TV 3x Barlow in VGC: £ 70 postage included. Capped and Boxed , but the box is not in a perfect shape Thank you for watching
  2. .....and with 24" dob you are not observing the galaxy anymore. You are observing HII regions.........
  3. One of the best nights for me was in Beddgelert, Wales. M101 was so prominent in a TeleVue 4" refractor. I think Wales is getting my favorite place for observing. Climbing during the day and observing at night. What else could I wish in my life when it is not raining?
  4. A month ago I observed M 101 in 4" TeleVue refractor in Wales from a very dark site in Beddgelert. It was fantastic! The spiral structure of the galaxy was obvious. Seeing and transparency were excellent. So weather condition and dark sites can make huge difference. This target is easy and full of details in 10" when transparency is good and in 20", 24" this galaxy showes many minuscule details. I observed it many times from Norfolk and this target worth to persevere with. I am sure you will see it soon. All the best ??
  5. Superb report, Chris. 102 in one night with 76 Tak manually.... No words. It definately requires skills, patience and enthusiasm.
  6. Well, while you were bragging all night about your observing and making me jealous ???? I was observing double stars with my limited aperture russian Mak-Cass 95 mm through the hazy skies. And now we have clouds! ? Well! I wish you all the best there, Chris. I hope you can top up your list. I can't wait for more reports ? See you at Seething.
  7. Well done, Chris. Waiting for full report now. I heard also you managed to observe more than 100 Messier objects! I am moving to France. Fed up with English weather.
  8. Yes, it is, as far as I remember. Problem is that I change eyepieces ever so often that sometimes I forget what eyepiece i am observing with. I think this one is with 5mm Pentax as mentioned on the image.
  9. I forgot to say that I obviously see more stars in the field of view than on my sketch.
  10. I completely agree on this one, Gerry. It helps me to train my eyes detecting faint nebulosity without filters. I noticed that I can see some really faint stuff now, including background nebulosity. I also like pure unfiltered views at times, especially in low power.
  11. I do not want too be too clever, if honest, but cannot stay away ? PN, SNR, all sorts of nebulae are my favourite objects to observe. Just to mention Oyster. Beautiful PN and the central star is around 14 mag so it should be visible in your 12" but try it without filter for the central and you can catch the glimpse of it quiet nicely. Just personal opinion. It was seen in 10". And Jellyfish in my 10" shows 2 cresent parts with UHC/Oiii and 20 XW and even some extensions. I think you may saw one of those. The fainter cresent is near η Geminai on the Eside and brighter cresent is on the W. I can spot some filaments and irregularities. But I am not surprised that some observers can be lost there. There is IC 444, large and extended Nebula with plenty of structure. Both nebulae linked together and so easy to sidetrack. Once you are around ηGem it is getting easier to decipher what is what. I personally prefer UHC. It brings some nebulosity out and does not dim the background as OIII.
  12. Good collection of objects, Iain. Thanks for sharing your excellent report with us. I agree that Medusa was faint that night, at least in my 10". I am just comparing my previous observations when it can be bright and structured. Jellyfish was outstanding though and few other nebulae nearby. Thanks to good transparency and seeing. Carry on inspiring us!
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