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Some recent deep sky sketches


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I was fortunate to visit a place with much darker skies than my home, recently and managed to actually eyeball some faint objects.
It was real thrill to see these.
The orientation is probably back to front for these L-R or N-S depending on how my diagonal ended up to get comfortable.

 


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2020-09-19 Eastern Veil IMG_20200919_102557620.jpg

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2020-09-19 M27 Dumbell IMG_20200919_102921391_HDR.jpg

2020-09-19 M57 Ring IMG_20200919_102933663_HDR.jpg

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4 minutes ago, Beulah said:

Lovely set of sketches; really captures what can be seen through the eyepiece. I've seen that scintillating nebulosity of the Pleiades through 8 inches of aperture in a dark sky....

Thanks. They were like looking at a black bag of diamonds. Quite breathtaking. 
It all made the journey to get away from the houses and lights very worthwhile.

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20 minutes ago, jetstream said:

@Fraunhoffer- very very interesting sketch of the Pleiades. Have you tried no filter? out of curiousity how dark were the skies there?

Nice work, Gerry

Thanks.
Not sure how to say how dark it was. Certainly a lot darker than home. Although it wasnt black dark. The milky way was clearly visible with direct vision overhead - less so towards the horizon.
Without the filter the sky was a very dark grey. The UHC-E filter was best. It turned the sky inky black. The nebulosity was very faint and needed averted vision as it drifted in and out of view.

 

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1 minute ago, Fraunhoffer said:

Thanks.
Not sure how to say how dark it was. Certainly a lot darker than home. Although it wasnt black dark. The milky way was clearly visible with direct vision overhead - less so towards the horizon.
Without the filter the sky was a very dark grey. The UHC-E filter was best. It turned the sky inky black. The nebulosity was very faint and needed averted vision as it drifted in and out of view.

 

Excellent.

The reason for my interest is I think you are seeing a feature called the Pleiades Bubble as coined by Bartels. Seeing nebulosity like this with an SCT at 3mm exit pupil and filters is a vg achievement.

In my own pursuit of this beautiful object I have gone widefield and actually the Heritage 130 with a 24mm ES 68 is a superb instrument to see more of this feature. If you can get to yet darker skies and with a widefield newt (or proven frac) there is more to see.

Keep on obsevring this target...theres more.

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11 minutes ago, jetstream said:

Excellent.

The reason for my interest is I think you are seeing a feature called the Pleiades Bubble as coined by Bartels. Seeing nebulosity like this with an SCT at 3mm exit pupil and filters is a vg achievement.

In my own pursuit of this beautiful object I have gone widefield and actually the Heritage 130 with a 24mm ES 68 is a superb instrument to see more of this feature. If you can get to yet darker skies and with a widefield newt (or proven frac) there is more to see.

Keep on obsevring this target...theres more.

Ah. Thank you. I shall look that up.
ill have to go again now 🙂

 

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