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Littleguy80 last won the day on December 8 2018

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  1. Brilliant report and sketches, Nick. Lots to look forward to this winter
  2. Absolutely, it’s the challenge. I’ve only ever had manual mounts. Finding targets was a real struggle in those early months. On more than one occasion I punched the air in excitement at finally finding a target. It took me 3 sessions to find the Beehive! I can find most things quite easily now. The challenge is to go fainter. Love this hobby
  3. Thanks Damian. I think that’s why I described it as not being a satisfactory. I’m confident I glimpsed but it wasn’t a strong observation. I still felt excited to have seen something are so many failed attempts. The 10” gives nice views of NGC891. I’m planning on giving that a good amount of attention this winter. It must be stunning with the 22”.
  4. I was able to observe the Merope nebula last night from my local dark site. I used an ES82 30mm which gives an exit pupil of 6.3mm with my 10” dob. The edge of the Merope nebula which runs parallel to the string of bright stars is the easiest to follow I find. Looking slowly from Merope to Alcyone the change in contrast as you go from the reflection nebula to black(ish) sky is normally quite noticeable. At least with a bit of practise!
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    I just wanted to follow this up to say that I managed to observe this tonight from my dark site. It was quite tricky. I actually used your sketch as a means of confirming that I’d found it! It’s surprising how far from the core of Andromeda this is. This was the highlight of my session tonight so thank you once again for posting your excellent report and sketch
  6. Excellent report, Dom. Barnard’s galaxy is a tough one. I’ve only managed it once and it was more like a faint nebula than a galaxy. From memory, I observed with my 20mm (4.3mm exit pupil) and 13mm (2.8mm exit pupil). I believe the darkened background with the 13mm helped.
  7. I’m observing the comet a little earlier this evening and without full dark adaption. However, it’s still a comfortable spot in the 20mm. If you manage to observe this tonight , be sure to checkout the nearby galaxy NGC 7814.
  8. Exciting times, Mark. I was out testing a Vixen HR 3.4mm last night. Not on the comet I should add. I’m sure the Ethos will give great results
  9. Observed the comet again this evening. It’s brightened noticeably since Saturday night. I could see it comfortably with the 20mm APM HDC. Views improved further with the 9mm Lunt XWA. Well worth a look if you have clear skies.
  10. I feel like Rodney from Only Fools and Horses
  11. Excellent report! Thanks for sharing. The 41 Pan sounds like a good match for short refractors.
  12. I think you’re right. It took me a really long time to get the F star in trapezium too. I haven’t thought about an EQ platform. Part of the reason for starting with the Lunt was the larger FOV, giving me more time to try and spot Triton on each pass. Something else to investigate
  13. Thanks Bob. It’s proved really challenging but that’s part of the fun. NGC891 is a great target. It was always fainter than I thought it would be.
  14. Thanks Stu. I haven’t done a huge amount of double star observing. I found myself wondering whether more practise with doubles would have made Triton an easier spot. Maybe observing point sources is a different skill to observing galaxies a as nd nebula?
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