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Been having great trouble with alignment with my 8se so decided to just point and hope again before my toes froze off.

I went to towards orion and slewed very slowly and managed to find a nebula... I'm almost certain it's m42 but It was white. Quite clearly white. Does the red colour come from exposure?  Or am I looking at something else. There were 3 or 4 stars packed quite close together towards the left of my viewpoint.

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Any colours visible in deep sky objects visually are very, very subtle at most. Mostly they appear to be shades of grey. With long exposure imaging, the colours you see in the pictures become much clearer.

The 4 stars you spotted were the Trapezium cluster at the heart of M42.

 

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amazing!! what a sight, its the first nebula I've seen as I've only had this telescope out twice due to the weather, Im using Baader zoom at 24mm and it looked great, the dew on my telescope is slightly annoying and I'm thinking of  either making or maybe buying a shield... other than the dew, the bad weather, my frozen feet, my wife who keeps turning on the kitchen light, and my general lack of knowledge, I'm really enjoying it! thanks for the info

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A dew sheild is more or less mandatory when using an SCT scope in this country. The corrector lens at the front is a dew magnet !

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Yes I've noticed.... I'm going to make one. Just need to find suitable material 

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1 hour ago, jonnydreads said:

Yes I've noticed.... I'm going to make one. Just need to find suitable material 

Camping mat foam usually works well

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Camping mat is indeed the perfect material. Best of all is to add a heated dewstrip beneath it. If you become fogged up you can put the tube to horizontal and drape a warm dry towel over it so it covers but doesn't touch the corrector. This will get you going again for a while.

Olly

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To get the best from your scope it needs to be aligned properly, to help you get a planesphere which will show the sky at your location and then you can pick out the stars that match the handset. This is what I used when I first started out to find my way around the sky. Des

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On 08/01/2019 at 20:37, jonnydreads said:

other than the dew, the bad weather, my frozen feet, my wife who keeps turning on the kitchen light, and my general lack of knowledge, I'm really enjoying it!

Ooooh. How many of us can relate to all of that!!!?

Well done for observing and noting the Trapezium. I also mentioned on here a while ago about the four small stars in the centre to then read all about their fame afterwards. Clear skies!

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On 09/01/2019 at 07:37, jonnydreads said:

my frozen feet

I put plastic bags on my feet, it helps a lot

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