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  1. 20 hours ago, timwetherell said:

    Omega Centauri and 47 Tucanae?  The latter is my favourite globular in the whole sky, something about the condensed core and wispy outer shell. It's one of the things I miss about Australia! I don't really know why, but Omega doesn't do that much for me to be honest. It's definitely by far the biggest out there though and one to tick off every skywatchers bucket list :) 

    I read an interesting article somewhere about some guys in Yorkshire observing Omega Centauri on a hill top when it was 2 or 3° above the horizon - Might give it a bash myself from Somerset if the clouds ever clear!

    Yup, that's them. I'm always stunned by Omega Centauri, because it is a naked eye object. I can see it without the aid of binoculars or telescope.

    Let me know how you go with your hilltop observation attempt!!

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  2. I don't think you saw Saturn. Mars is currently 10.1" apparent diameter, and Saturn is 17.0" (39" if you include the rings). Also it definitely looks like the other planets to the naked eye. Meh, I could be wrong.

  3. My youngest son. When he was 12 years old he asked for a telescope. I knew nothing about astronomy, which is a bit embarrassing as I have always been interested in science/engineering. I knew he would look to me to guide him, and I needed to get up to speed fast. It's been a wonderful journey so far. 

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  4. 7 hours ago, Comets said:

    Took the telescope out again last night and was unable to get even the slightest glimpse of the sombrero galaxy or the pinwheel galaxy, May just be a bad time of the year to observe but so far Im not seeing much with this dobsonian

    Good skies, persistence, and dark adaptation are all crucial. I've seen all the things you want to see with a 6" dob. So it's all possible.

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