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mdstuart

Targets for next clear night - two groups in LEO

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Despite many years of observing I keep finding promising new targets.

I have identified two groups of galaxies that should be very possible in my 16 inch scope.

NGC 3947 and four friends. I think I have a fighting chance of seeing NGC 3937/40/43/47/54 all in the same FOV of my 16mm UWA lens. I have not seen any of these galaxies before so its a new area for me.

NGC 4005 and friends. I have seen 4005 before but missed the rest. Should be able to pick up 3987/93/97 and 4015/18/22/23 and maybe 4000.

So the next clear night I plan to try this lot and report back.

Do join me and see what you can make out and then we can compare notes.

Enjoy

Mark

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Off to Elan next week so fingers crossed we should be able to report something!...

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taken from Uranometrian...it gets mighty busy!

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don't know why they are on there side?....had enough to find!

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Thanks for the heads up.

I will give them a go on Friday night with my 16" too.

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nice one cal, we can have some of them next week from the dark site :headbang:

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Glad my post looks like it's inspiring some observing. Make sure you report back with drawings or notes.. The hunt begins...just need a clear night.

Mark

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3 hours ago, mdstuart said:

just need a clear night.

Mark

Nice list and I'm going to try for some of those in Galloway next week. 

As for viewing reports I'll expect to read them in 2020 as that seems to be when the next clear night is going to materialise? What's happened?

I have been looking at the Hickson 100 of late some of which I have touched on before. If the weather is kind in Galloway I shall try for a few as well as NGC2290 group to the north of Gemini.

Some super chart info as well Calvin :wink:

 

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One thing that I bear in mind at this time of year is the way the amount of darkness collapses and you've not covered off Virgo etc. before ever earlier dawn.

I plan through to at least M5 and Abell 39...

...cheers

Paul

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For anyone who may be interested in what objects are viewable from their location at any time, DSO Browser is invaluable. Free to join and enjoy - the person behind this is motivated by a love of the night sky:

https://dso-browser.com/

Good luck on the quest for good, dark-sky sites,

Dave

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