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Barnard 33: The Horsehead Nebula - At last !

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MarsG76    1,703
8 hours ago, John said:

previous attempts this was the fence that I'd fallen at (Horsehead - get it ??!!

Well done, talk about luck.... the one thing I crave to see live, and with a 12", makes me want to get out with my 14 right now..... Congrats.... 

 

and PS, I get it....

 

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MarsG76    1,703

Oh BTW, I love the build up description to seeing the horsey... 

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steppenwolf    4,336

Fantastic report, John, I'm so pleased for you that you have succeeded in finding and enjoying this most elusive of objects. Your report has captured the moment well, I can feel your excitement at each step. I have never got even close to observing this one so I am very envious.

I have to confess that I am guilty of making the task harder for you last night as my camera stole some of those vital photons from you and if I could give them back, I'd gladly do so :D

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estwing    4,683

congrats John, its such a great feeling to finally catch sight of this target...welcome to the club!!

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swamp thing    5,167

Congratulations John. 

It's a great achievement to bag the nag after so many tries. :) 

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scarp15    2,237

Interesting point John concerning the clarity of M1, For my Friday session, M1 was quite astonishingly defined, without a filter.

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Mark at Beaufort    2,627

John I am so pleased for you after so many years of searching. I really enjoyed the read and I could feel your excitement. It just shows that with the right condition a 12" Dob can be a brilliant instrument.

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alanjgreen    1,007

Nice one John.

Astronomy is about patience and perseverance for sure. Glad you have seen this object with your own mark one eyeball !

And great write-up too.

Now you have your reward, it's time to dream of the next target or perhaps now you can sell up and retire ? (Only joking)

Alan

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Astro Imp    2,842

Well done John on capturing your quarry and for give us fellow SGLers so much pleasure reading of your success.

The community here is very special, everyone is willing to help others and to celebrate each others achievements.

Thanks again for a wonderful report.

 

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mapstar    5,690

Nicely done John. The clouds thwarted my attempt at using my newly acquired Lumicon 2" H-Beta in the Isle of Skye but everytime I go back to the HH it becomes easier to find the more transparent the skies the easier it is.

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Littleguy80    1,041

Congratulations! Must feel great to still be having firsts after so many years I’m the hobby :) 

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Hayduke27    203
On 11/26/2017 at 04:13, John said:

Down to earth with a bump this morning. I've just had to deal with one of my childrens pets that passed away in the night.

From now on Barnard 33 is going to be known as "The Dead Gerbil Nebula" to me commemorate of this event :rolleyes2:

I'll notify the IAU later......

 

I know how this goes.  I got up on the morning of the Mars and Venus conjunction in September, and the following night my dog died.  I now find myself fearing the next conjunction!  :crybaby2:

 

Funny how the emotions of a great night of observing can get burned right into the same memory as life events.  

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John    18,080
30 minutes ago, Hayduke27 said:

I know how this goes.  I got up on the morning of the Mars and Venus conjunction in September, and the following night my dog died.  I now find myself fearing the next conjunction!  :crybaby2:

 

Funny how the emotions of a great night of observing can get burned right into the same memory as life events.  

Sorry to hear about your dog passing away. I don't make any link between the loss of my sons pet and any celestial event.

Pure coincidence as I'm sure your loss was as well.

 

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Hayduke27    203
4 minutes ago, John said:

Sorry to hear about your dog passing away. I don't make any link between the loss of my sons pet and any celestial event.

Pure coincidence as I'm sure your loss was as well.

 

Oh yeah, I don't actually take any stock in the alignment of the stars.  It was a mere tragic coincidence.  All the same, the events will probably forever be joined in my mind.

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FenlandPaul    1,013

Many congratulations, John. I had hairs raised on my neck reading that - I was with you all the way. I was hoping that this would be my season for the horsey too, but so far work and travel have rendered my observing a complete afterthought. I'm not complaining - but I'm so looking forward to when I too have an evening when it all comes together like this!! It'll be worth waiting and persevering for!!

Paul

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