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  1. Try the Astronomical League's Urban Astronomy club. http://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/urban/urban.html It has some very nice (mostly large and bright) objects for those of us who live in cities, and, can't get to a dark sky site very often. Surprising what is listed there.
  2. You can spend all evening in Auriga and not run out of objects The area around M38 over towards the Flame Nebula is full of nice clusters (and some rather boring ones too). ngc 3242 is up later. Might be an issue for folks with higher latitudes, but, it's a gem!
  3. Only thing Easier than Star Hopping is the dreaded "GOTO" scope. An abomination! Remember that Messier was using the equivalent of 2.4" (61mm) scope when he found these objects (scopes just weren't very good back then). Yes, the sky was better, but, he had really poor equipment.
  4. I have been a serious amateur astronomer for 40+ years, and, while I don't get to post here often, I do read when I can. I enjoy reading the reports from all the members. I don't care if they are posting that they found the Moon for the first time, or, saw a 15th Mag galaxy. I love to read that people are enjoying the art and Science of Amateur Astronomy. The last time I got to go out with the scope was back in August. We had an incredibly clear night, which is incredibly rare here in South Georgia USA in the summer. I spent my whole night looking at Globulars in and around Sagittariu
  5. NGC 1365. The Great Barred Spiral. The Australians have made it their own.
  6. In and around Ursa Major, Canes Venatici is chock full of easy to find Galaxies. M63, and M94 are easy fines even in smaller cities. Coma has M64 and the northern Virgo cluster. Virgo: M59, 60, 84, 86 and 87 are relatively easy to see. If you aren't too far north M104. Braver souls would try for the brighter items in Draco. As it is, we are getting into the Summer Globular season and galaxies are on the way out, but, there are still some fine easy finds even with brighter skies.
  7. With binoculars, you look above Dubhe. Pan to the front of the bear. The next bright star along the nose is 23 Uma. Above it (towards the Pole) find a moderately bright triangle (isosceles triangle Sigma UMa 1 2 and Rho Uma). Pan back towards Dubhe and find 24 UMa. 81 and 82 are right next to 24. Once you have done it this way, You can just find the triangle and pan back. I can find it here in my city with no problem.
  8. I was in the GOTO=CHEATING school until one of our club members told me that he "was just too old to learn the sky." Folks who haven't been doing it manually for 40+ years probably don't care to learn the sky enough to find things, so, they go GOTO. I am at the point where I can find most the the Messier objects from memory, so, I just don't care about GOTO (except maybe if I ever get a photography setup). I once made a buddy of mine very mad when I told him I could find M15 in 15 seconds. It took me 10. He wasn't happy. Folks like me find the finding as exciting as the seeing.
  9. Omega was only about 5 or 6 degrees above the horizon when I saw it. I am sure any redness I saw was due to that. I live at 32deg North and our dark site has great horizons. If it weren't for the giant paper mill about 10 miles south, it would be perfect. From the beach, we can see Achernar, but, only for about 1/2 hour. Once, when I was in my 20s, we saw Alpha Centari from here, by using the light bending aspect of the atmosphere. It was pretty cool.
  10. When I was younger, I saw colors in many objects that I don't see now. A few weeks ago, I saw Omega Centaurus naked eye and it certainly had a red hue, but, in the scope, it was white speckles.
  11. Went out to our dark sky (mostly dark?) Friday evening for some viewing with the 10" Newt. It's a 50 mile drive to this site near Ludowici, Ga , so, we don't go without a chance of good seeing. As it was, the seeing was great! We had a nice displace of Zodiacal Glow to the west for about an hour. I worked a little on my Caldwell list, finding a few spring items. I was distracted by the owner of the site and his astro photography set up. We got to talking and he zipped off a few photos for me while we were in the comfort of his little hut. It's amazing what can be done with an ama
  12. Ok, you got me on that one. A 12mm Nagler would indeed do the trick. Too bad that lens cost more than my first car.
  13. This was part of the Urban Astronomy List. I had little trouble finding it from my backyard 2 summers ago. A great looking planetary. As for 3242, if you can catch it on a still night, you should easily see the internal structure of it. 3242 was the first object I found with my first scope using the star chart from the Sky and Telescope. It's a beauty!
  14. When I go hunting for M101, I use my 32mm Plossl in my 10" newt. It's a VERY wide view and you still can't get all of 101 in it. But, due to the concentration of the light, you can get a nice view of the galaxy. More power does not translate into better views of this object. Nor, of M33, M74 or other face on galaxies.
  15. Another vote for M22, with M4, M15 and M2 running close behind. As for Omega Cent. current thinking is that it's actually the center of a dwarf galaxy, so, it may not qualify any more. Even so, it's wonderful to look at, specially in a pair of those BIG binoculars.
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