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Galaxy Season: A Brief Introduction to the Milky Way & Observing Galaxies

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barkis    3,990

I have to concur with John, Rob. With one exception.
In the ten years I have sailed across the universe as crew member on the good ship SGL, your post is the most pleasurable I have read, sorry, as yet, only partly read. I will return to it though, it deserves a complete study.
It contains an eduction in itself, of this magnificent enigma we know as the universe. Very much more awaits discovery, and posts like this may be the inspiration to young potential scientists who read it, to go on in the future to help further man's knowledge of the vast cosmos in which we are but a microscopic resident of. That itself is quite extraordinary.
Thanks for your very educational, and informative inputs to the forum.
Ron.

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LukeSkywatcher    7,425

I dont know how ive never seen this before. Absolutely brilliant stuff,Rob. Hopefully i'll be ticking off some of the galaxies you have listed quick smart.

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Qualia    4,834

Thank you for your kind words, Ron. You are a true gentleman and very thoughtful :smiley: It was a pleasure to put together and write and if it helps or inspires others, then what a bonus! However, words like your own are what truely inspire and make SGL the warm and wonderful community it is. Thank you.

Paul, sadly for me serious galaxy season is over. I had a great innings over the spring but now the summer constellations are calling: globs, nebulae, and gorgeous rich star fields. Good luck if you get the chance :smiley:

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LukeSkywatcher    7,425

I didnt mean right now over the summer. I'll work through them as the seasons roll by.  Off hand, i only know the location of about 6 galaxies without having to use a reference chart etc. They are the ones i have spotted so far over the yrs: Leo Trio,Andromeda,Black Eye and the other one eludes me right now.

Your summer list tickles me pink. Sadly i really dont do much summer observing mainly because of the time it gets dark and im too comfy infront of tv and/or ready for bed.

I'll do my best this summer but i will be away for most of August with only 10x50 bins.

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Stridor    192

A great read; and after reading it I am definitely going to slow down a bit and absorb more of what I am seeing...thank you  :icon_salut:

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phil125    27

Excellent post. Thanks for that, really enjoyed reading. Not sure what my head struggles with more, how big the milky way is, or how small !!!

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cotterless45    8,510

Yep , when the permacloud clears , it's getting towards galaxy season. Got a lovely view of M86 and co. Just trailing along on Vigo , as Leo was so high,

Nick.

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Chadnich13    41

Amazing post!! I just started observing last night so I will have to read many more times to understand fully but very helpful and informative. Thank you!!

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Chadnich13    41

Wow... all I can say is wow! More notes taking down for my field book! I can't believe I hit the jackpot pot as a beginner with all the information you are providing! I cannot thank you enough!!🙏🙏🙏👍👍

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westmarch    183

What a superb piece of work.  Expansive in scope but elegant in explanation.  A privilege to read.

John

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Erla    141

Brilliant. OP should consider writing a book on visual astronomy.

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25585    59

I hope one night to see an elliptical galaxy. They have always fascinated me as older DSOs further back in time still - nearer the beginning of our Universe. 

And that is one of the wonders of naked eye observing to me, looking at an image that has reached us projected by an object which may no longer exist or be as we see it today. 

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John    17,139
31 minutes ago, 25585 said:

I hope one night to see an elliptical galaxy. They have always fascinated me as older DSOs further back in time still - nearer the beginning of our Universe. 

And that is one of the wonders of naked eye observing to me, looking at an image that has reached us projected by an object which may no longer exist or be as we see it today. 

There are a few Quasars visible in 12" scopes which might be of interest:

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