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What size telescope have you seen The Horsehead Nebula with?


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3 minutes ago, ollypenrice said:

PS I haven't researched the origin of the name but I bet nobody ever called it the Horsehead before the photographic era... :icon_mrgreen:

Tee hee :)

It's early name 'The little invisible notch nebula' has been lost to history ;) 

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Tee hee It's early name 'The little invisible notch nebula' has been lost to history  

Well I viewed the HH at Lucksall a few years back at a SGL star party - the one John referred to. I used a Skywatcher 16" Flextube, 19mm Panoptic EP and an Astronomik H.Beta. We used this diagram to p

One of the issues with shortish focal length scopes is the size (in the eyepiece) of the HH and this is where the larger scopes make it easier to see. You need good eye illumination with an Hb filter

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4 hours ago, ollypenrice said:

PS I haven't researched the origin of the name but I bet nobody ever called it the Horsehead before the photographic era... :icon_mrgreen:

That is correct, but only because no-one even knew it existed before the photographic era - it was discovered photographically!

P.S. Never even tried the Horsehead - don't have a Hb filter so there isn't really any point.

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43 minutes ago, harrym said:

That is correct, but only because no-one even knew it existed before the photographic era - it was discovered photographically!

P.S. Never even tried the Horsehead - don't have a Hb filter so there isn't really any point.

Don't be so sure. I've seen it with just a UHC. The H Beta was better but the difference wasn't enormous, in all honesty.

Olly

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20 minutes ago, ollypenrice said:

Don't be so sure. I've seen it with just a UHC. The H Beta was better but the difference wasn't enormous, in all honesty.

Olly

I suspect I might need darker skies or a bigger scope though...

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6 hours ago, ollypenrice said:

Don't be so sure. I've seen it with just a UHC. The H Beta was better but the difference wasn't enormous, in all honesty.

Olly

That's what I used at Bala ...

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13 hours ago, Beulah said:

You say that in a casual way...as if it's as easy as finding the Moon. :D

 

 

Aah! but I said "points at it"......Not observes it ;) 

Finding it's location is easy.........observing it not so much. 

Conditions have to be good. They seldom are when we go observing :clouds2::D 

 

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On 24/09/2017 at 09:51, John said:

I still think the best description of seeing the Horsehead Nebula was provided by Jeremy Perez on his excellent web site "The Belt of Venus":

A fascinating read John, thanks for the link☺.

I have enjoyed this chance encounter with the dark world of faint nebulae hunting..might even chase a few brighter ones this season with my little 5"!

Dave

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Well I viewed the HH at Lucksall a few years back at a SGL star party - the one John referred to. I used a Skywatcher 16" Flextube, 19mm Panoptic EP and an Astronomik H.Beta. We used this diagram to pin point its exact location.

I only live a few miles from Lucksall and have similar skies. I tried for many years with my 10" Dob and 1000 Oaks H.Beta filter but was never successful. However, last winter I managed to view HH again from home with my 12" Dob.

I agree that if you fail to see the Flame try another night for the HH.

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The C11 (with a focal reducer) from the AstroFarm in Confolens France. Easily seen, large and obvious with a 25mm Plossl. 

My kind observing buddy in Seething had tried for weeks to show me Barnards 33 in her scope without any success. I felt with my eyesight we were "flogging a dead horse".

Was so much easier in the smaller aperture scope from the darker, clearer skies of France. Well worth the visit.

Chris

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