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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.




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




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.


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





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.







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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