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SGL8 Challenges

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So my last reply was about technical challenges, for during the day. I should think about the question as it was meant, and I think...

...my usual observing site is my S facing garden, so I can never get to M51 or M81/M82. I'd love to get a look at those and the other stuff near the N celestial pole that I can't normally see.

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My biggest challenge will be remembering how to wire everything up and then waddling through AlignMaster, EQAscom and PHD. It's been ages since I've got outside :(

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M33 is something that I'm after seeing... Will be working on that!

When the forum first decided to go to Lucksall for SGL4 I went to the site to determine the quality of the night sky. I took my Celestron 15x70 binos and viewed M33 with ease. So with clear sky you could be on a winner.

Mark

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I'd like to see how clear the spiral structure is in M51 with my 12" dob this year. I've struggled with this at home with my 10" but the skies at Lucksall are darker.

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Well, my challenge for SGL8 will now be putting my tent up by myself! My other half has just been informed that he has to take on extra responsibilities at work and won't be able to go! I'll be going on my own instead!

On the plus side, I get a double air bed to myself and I now have 2 tickets for myself for the hog roast....

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I can help ..... with the hog roast. :grin:

There will be loads of people ready to help, the tent will be up in a jiffy.

Mike

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Apart from having clear skies the target agin this SGL is Saturn. I have fond memories of SGL7 at 2 in teh morning just sitting drinking in the best views of Saturn Ive had with my F15 and F7.5 refractors, especially when Steve (Ibbo) brought along his Tak eyepiece collection :grin:

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Apart from having clear skies the target agin this SGL is Saturn. I have fond memories of SGL7 at 2 in teh morning just sitting drinking in the best views of Saturn Ive had with my F15 and F7.5 refractors, especially when Steve (Ibbo) brought along his Tak eyepiece collection :grin:

Also, I remember Mars very well, I got a really good webcam image from SGL7.

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Also, I remember Mars very well, I got a really good webcam image from SGL7.

I remember seeing mars dark patches - even at 1340mm surprised the hell out of me. Saturn was also a really good target!

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M51 for me as well, saw it last year with my 130m but I can only just see it at home with my dob, so hoping for better views at lucksall, especially now I have better eyepieces.

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This is a good time of year to do the Messier Marathon, just wandering how many we can get at Lucksall,

Nick.

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So far, the imaging target list is:

Leo triplet

M81 + M82

M101

M44

Comet PANSTARRS

Widefield shots of the Milky way in Cygnus (later in night).

Ideally, I'm after several hours of data on each of the galaxies, so I guess this list will easily take up four nights.

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To add to my initial comment above, following the success of my first couple of sessions with my Orion Optics 12" dobsonian I'm really looking forward to getting it under the dark skies of Lucksall :smiley:

My targets will include:

- Repeating my sighting of Sirius B

- Jupiter - GRS contrast details hopefully plus other subtle details

- Saturn (of course !) - maybe ring features in addition to the Cassini Division ?

- Seeing spiral structure in M51 and possibly other suitable galactic targets

- Burrowing into some globular clusters at high magnification

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Must look to see if m104 is about - should be but low on the horizon.. Will be a bit more hard core imager this year after spending time at Olly's..

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Must look to see if m104 is about - should be but low on the horizon.. Will be a bit more hard core imager this year after spending time at Olly's..

Just checked and it rises at about 8pm, then 22 degrees alt by 11pm so should be worth a go.

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