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Pug

owl cluster

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Hi all,

I was shown the owl cluster (not nebula, it looks like a dot to dot of an owl in flight) on saturday at a meeting and wanted to show my daughter next time I'm observing from home, only problem is I can't remember where it is! Can anyone tell me?

Thanks in advance, Pug

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Hi all,

I was shown the owl cluster (not nebula, it looks like a dot to dot of an owl in flight) on saturday at a meeting and wanted to show my daughter next time I'm observing from home, only problem is I can't remember where it is! Can anyone tell me?

Thanks in advance, Pug

Its under the central arch of Cassiopeia. Download a free piece of software called Stellarium, then you will be able to search for all the wonders of the sky and see where they are. You can set it to a certain date and time, great program for planning your nights viewing.

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Cheers Slim!

Got stellarium, always my first port of call however, the owl cluster doesn't show on mine, got all the updates and add ons.

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Cheers Slim!

Got stellarium, always my first port of call however, the owl cluster doesn't show on mine, got all the updates and add ons.

Not a problem and it is a fantastic piece of software. If you put owl cluster into the search box it does actually show NGC457. Very clever!

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You just have to learn how to rotate your owl :-)

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You do have to rotate the 'Owl' sometimes but a lovely cluster.

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Thanks for all the info, scopes outside cooling! The fella who told me where to look said I'd know it when I saw it and I laughed out loud when I got it!

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Also known as the skiing cluster I believe due to its resemblance to a skier? I've been skiing and I didn't look much that that! (Unless I fell over - then I did very much look like a 'splat'!)

The first cluster I looked for (after M45) on my first trip away from the city lights. A nice one but I found it a ****** to find to begin with.

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