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S Shaped Chain Of Bright Stars Near Orion's Belt?


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1 minute ago, Captain Magenta said:

It snakes its way between Mintaka and Alnilam quite clear from this screenshot 

 

Aye that's it! I've never paid that much attention, shows what I don't know! ;) 

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If you can get a really low power and wide field of view with a scope It's amazing what shapes and patterns you start to see that you didn't notice before. 

I like to browse around the double cluster in Perseus with my 102mm refractor at 20x magnification. There are all sorts of star chains, shapes and loose line of sight associations around that part of the sky.

I don't know if the term "rich field scope" is still used but there is certainly a place for instruments that can excel at this IMHO. Interesting article by Mel Bartels here on this topic:

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/rft.html

 

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3 hours ago, John said:

If you can get a really low power and wide field of view with a scope It's amazing what shapes and patterns you start to see that you didn't notice before. 

I like to browse around the double cluster in Perseus with my 102mm refractor at 20x magnification. There are all sorts of star chains, shapes and loose line of sight associations around that part of the sky.

I don't know if the term "rich field scope" is still used but there is certainly a place for instruments that can excel at this IMHO. Interesting article by Mel Bartels here on this topic:

https://www.bbastrodesigns.com/rft.html

 

I just tend to use my el cheapo SW 28mm 2" LET for scanning around with the 200P.😉

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It's a new one on me. I'm usually good at seeing patterns too! I think I've either been too wide or too narrow.

Well, Orion's belt will never look the same again! :)

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2 minutes ago, Paul M said:

It's a new one on me. I'm usually good at seeing patterns too! I think I've either been too wide or too narrow.

Well, Orion's belt will never look the same again! :)

I noticed it a number of times, but never thought much about it, until today.  It's quite a sight...

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41 minutes ago, Ian McCallum said:

I just tend to use my el cheapo SW 28mm 2" LET for scanning around with the 200P.😉

I love my 2" 28mm LET eyepiece, the design of the eyecup and overall feel is basic but brilliant in my opinion. Most comfortable one I own. Plus at 28mm it gives a large exit pupil for faint objects on dobs. I think it's a highly underrated eyepiece and if I drop it on concrete or it gets scratched somehow, it's not the end of the world. You can pick them up for peanuts.

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1 hour ago, Paul M said:

It's a new one on me. I'm usually good at seeing patterns too! I think I've either been too wide or too narrow.

Well, Orion's belt will never look the same again! :)

That's the point I was making in my post earlier. Observing with some aperture at really low magnification and with a wide angle of view shows patterns etc that we ordinarily don't notice or can't see because we are looking through them, as it were. It's a bit like seeing aerial views of a place that we think we are familiar with :smiley:

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Ships and Stars said:

I love my 2" 28mm LET eyepiece, the design of the eyecup and overall feel is basic but brilliant in my opinion. Most comfortable one I own. Plus at 28mm it gives a large exit pupil for faint objects on dobs. I think it's a highly underrated eyepiece and if I drop it on concrete or it gets scratched somehow, it's not the end of the world. You can pick them up for peanuts.

I bought one 2nd hand from a SGL member last year. Well worth the £20. It's given me the most memorable views, including the Andromeda Galaxy! 

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