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Nyctimene

A celestial skull

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My lately acquired Skywatcher Heritage 130 P Flextube proves successfully as a medium grab-and-go scope (between the little 80/400 frac and the 8" f/4 Hofheim dob). Bed-eyepiece time (incl. toilet, dressing...) was 16 min. in the morning of Aug. 29th; the sky conditions at average (NELM 5,5 mag, slight haze). Using the ES 26 mmf 62° LER, a fine eyepiece, that harmonizes well with the 5,1", I first went as a  warm up to the asterism "Delphinus minor" along the western border of the Pegasus square  halfway between Alpha and Beta Peg, which resembles it's larger brother, the constellation Delphinus quite good. NGC 7814 in Peg, a small 10,6 mag. edge-on galaxy 2,5° NW of Gamma Peg, demanded a higher magnification, so I switched to the Seben Zoom . With 60x mag, the 2:1 oblong shape could easily be made out; somewhat brighter core region.

Over to Cetus just southward; about 6° N of Deneb Kaitos (Beta Ceti) I spotted the rather large planetary 10,4 mag nebula NGC 246, the "Skull Nebula", using the UHC filter and 40x-81x mag. The PN presented as an almost round, conspicuous, somewhat mottled disc of 4 arc min diameter. Three to four embedded stars gave the PN an unusual and pleasing look; a "diamond skull"! Sadly, the PN was soon hidden by a cloud bank; it deserves a detailed observation with the 18".

Over to Andromeda and a revisit to NGC 404, Mirach's Ghost. With averted vision, and keeping Mirach just out of the field, the faint galaxy showed itself readily. Some other winter targets, the Messier Auriga clusters, but as well oc 1893 and oc/gn 1931, ended the session after 11/2 hours in beginning twilight. And, of course, Pleiades, Hyades and Davis' s Dog - a nice look with bins at these winter harbingers!

Thanks for reading

Stephan

 

 

 

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Good report Stephan.

Very interesting to see that youre pleased With the ES 26mm.

Been considering a 24mm 68 for the Heritage, but the 26mm is slightly lighter (and cheaper) and give sameish fov.

Auriga and Taurus Objects are a bit too early from up here. Not that it matters considering the cloudbelt..

 

Rune

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On 09/01/2017 at 00:52, Pondus said:

Good report Stephan.

Very interesting to see that youre pleased With the ES 26mm.

Been considering a 24mm 68 for the Heritage, but the 26mm is slightly lighter (and cheaper) and give sameish fov.

Auriga and Taurus Objects are a bit too early from up here. Not that it matters considering the cloudbelt..

 

Rune

Rune,

the 26mm ES is giving a comfortable view, stable, with good eye relief, even with glasses the whole field can be overlooked; no kidney beaning. A much more "quiet"  view, compared  e.g. to the SWA 66 deg. And a good price.

Stephan

 

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On 8/31/2017 at 18:52, Pondus said:

Good report Stephan.

Very interesting to see that youre pleased With the ES 26mm.

Been considering a 24mm 68 for the Heritage, but the 26mm is slightly lighter (and cheaper) and give sameish fov.

Auriga and Taurus Objects are a bit too early from up here. Not that it matters considering the cloudbelt..

 

Rune

The ES 24mm 68* bested the TV Panoptic in a shootout by BillP over at CN when they first came out. We were waiting on his results before buying--got lucky with the timing. Just something for your consideration.

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Nice report.

I found NGC 246 purely by accident and it was a really pleasant view. It is aptly named and in the 22" with the extra image scale has some great detail.

Well done with spotting NGC 404 with the 130p great find. Looked at it a fair few times. Saw it through an 8" first and it was quite a challenge.

Happy hunting  

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