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#1 cpl43uk

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:18 AM

Chris,

Excellent! These clusters are always worth a look. Very nice sketching. :bow: :rainbow: :cool:

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:06 PM

Fine sketch of this excellent open cluster, Chris. Thank you for sharing the view! How dark are your skies where you observe from?

- Jay
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:47 PM

Not as much as I would like! However the zenith is good. South is poor. As you can see from my Gallery the galaxies I spot truly are faint fuzzies and with double stars I rarely get to see different colours except for exceptional pairings. I tried to lighten the background of my sketch to be more realistic to the eyepiece view than my previous drawings but could probably do with another notch or two (the background appears lighter on the original image before shrinking for the web)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:00 PM

Great sketch Chris. I love looking at open clusters and hate sketching them. Kudos to you. :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:02 PM

Chris,

Your illustrated sky background is why I asked - it reminds me of how my white zone skies look at low and moderate powers (up to perhaps 100x). How high power do you use when observing more compact targets like globulars, planetary nebulae, and galaxies? I find that if I push my powers to the 125x - 150x range I can get a really dark background sky even when pointing my scope into my southern skies, which are so washed out that they literally glow a grey-white.

(Edit) - Just caught your gallery link and checked. I see you use higher powers on these objects quite often. :)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:08 PM

Jay - yes on Clusters I generally use a 25mm eyepiece and then add the fainter stars by using higher mags. For Globulars and Fuzzies I use all I can get!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:00 PM

Chris,

Many thanks for this elaboration. I used to stick to lower powers with all of my scopes on deep sky targets other than planetary nebulae. Since observing from a city environment, though, I've been bold in using higher powers. I've been impressed with the results and wish I did this sooner in my years of observing!

- Jay
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