How to Locate Some of the Major Messier Galaxies and Helpful Advice for Novice Amateur Astronomers
Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:17 PM
Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:24 PM
If I ever see a galaxy with my 10 X and 20X binoculars it will make my day.
Funny you should say that, because that's how I'm choosing tonight's targets for my dSLR and a zoom lens on my SkyTracker.
Even in my red, fringing on white zone, I can sweep up M51, M65, M66, M 81, M82, etc in my 11 X 65 binoc's.
Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:06 PM
Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:58 AM
The usual eyepieces that I would normally "cruise" with are the 30 and 38mm; and in them, I'm sure that I could've easily missed it; slightly more magnification was needed and the 24mm filled the bill.
I can vouch for this. In that scope, with a 30mm+ eyepiece, it would require VERY careful observation to distinguish the Ring from a star. Whenever I look for the Ring I just stick with high(er) power even just to locate the thing, because it's easy enough to find the right area for it, and it helps to distinguish it from the starfield.
Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:06 AM
Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:28 PM
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 11:49 PM
Thanks for the posts! This is such a great thread on such a great website.
Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:38 PM
Two separate posts of mine were combined into this one for some reason, with a title that doesn't properly indicate the order of those posts.
Posted 19 December 2014 - 09:06 PM
Thanks, Chuck, for honoring my request to revise the title of this thread.
Posted 18 January 2015 - 04:18 PM
thanks from another novice. this could talk a while.
Edited by ArtyoftheGW, 18 January 2015 - 04:19 PM.
Posted 18 January 2015 - 04:24 PM
that edit did not work. tried to change talk a while to take a while.
a distinction without a difference.
will forget edit, just do it correctly the first time.
Posted 13 April 2015 - 09:09 PM
Thanks for starting creating this thread. Just getting into astronomy and i can tell this is going ot be a huge help!
Posted 14 June 2015 - 04:09 PM
I think m16 and m17 swan and eagle nebulas is very impressive at their highest in the southern sky slightly to the west in the wee hours of the morning like 2 am or 3am at around 37 latitude as mine. I can make out the clouds with my 102mm. the neat thing is that they are away from the light of the sunrise . The southern sky is the darkest at this time of year as opposed to the northern sky which is better during winter. the nebulas are grayish yet able to show clouds which is remarkable .. it is visual 6 magnitude
Posted 14 June 2015 - 04:47 PM
Posted 14 June 2015 - 04:51 PM
Posted 14 June 2015 - 05:11 PM
M16 & 17 aren't galaxies, that would be why Dave didn't mention them.
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