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#1 asaint

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 07:09 AM

What's Up Carina

#2 stevecoe

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:06 AM

I do hope that some of you make your way to southern skies at some time in the future, I promise it is worth it.

I have been twice during April and so Eta Carina and the Coal Sack are very prominent. I think I will try for one more trip and make it during Sept. or Oct. That way, I will have a chance to see the part of the sky...mostly Magellanic Clouds...that I have only seen low to the horizon on my previous trips.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:16 AM

I have to say that the LMC & SMC, Colesack and Eta-C are in an awesome part of the sky at the moment from Australia!

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:45 PM

They are indeed, lots of see that is over the horizon. All it takes is the price of a plane ticket.

Steve Coe

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 11:45 PM

Nice job. I've been observing these clusters lately as they sail overhead :)

If you've found 3532, nudge the scope a few degrees and have a look at 3293 - lovely open cluster.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 03:51 AM

Doug;

I loved 3293, I just had to choose what to include and what not to include. Besides, it give us something to talk about here rather than in the article;-)

Here is an observation with a 5 inch refractor piggybacked on a 12 inch classical Cassigrain. This observatory is near Kingaroy in Queensland.

NGC 3293 5" 30mm very bright, large, very, very compressed, rich, 32 stars in compressed, round cluster that is very well detached from the Milky Way.
5" 40mm +UHC this filter just lights up the field with nebulosity, there is a dark lane to the west, it has a bright edge. The dark lane ends in this cluster.


12" 40mm 77 stars counted in a magnificent cluster. Adding the UHC makes the nebula easiest to the south.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:58 AM

I'm going on a 2 night camping trip on April 4th, specificaly to capture this region on film. I have saved up a roll of Fuji 400F Provia (no longer available) just for this occasion. The campsite is in Bortle 1 skies, and to say I am excited is a gross understatement!

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