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Bill S

NGC 4441 + SN2019yvq, C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) etc

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Prompted by the interesting reports from alanjgreen (4 supernovae), Cosmic Geoff's comet report and recent reports from others I managed to have a look with my 200 mm f/5 Newtonian + 0.5ish focal reducer and Lodestar together with Starlight Live and Jocular.

The only one of the four possible supernovae that was above the horizon was the one in NGC 4441. I was a bit surprised how bright it was. I think it must have brightened but did not find any data.

It's close to the core and very obvious.

 

 

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The comet (C/2017 T2) was visible too and I managed a snap.

 

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Had a bit of look at a few other things including the Webb Deep Sky Society's Galaxy of the Month for January 2020, which is NGC 2563.

https://www.webbdeepsky.com/galaxies/2020/

The finder chart is useful for identifying some of the other galaxies in the field.

https://www.webbdeepsky.com/images/galaxies/ngc2563/ngc2563_finder.pdf

 

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While the sky was clear I could not resist a look at some of the old favourites in Orion. The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae for example.

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Observing and recording The Flame Nebula benefited from Jocular's scan and exclude subs. There were some intruding trails on some subs (dotted, so an aircraft, I assume).

Next question. When is it going to be clear again?

All the best

 

 

 

 

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I always enjoy the wider views you get with your set up. I keep meaning to take a look at Nebulae but then I get side tracked on my galaxy hunting. I sometimes think about getting an 8" fast newtonian for wide field EAA but I have too many scopes as it is. Mike

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