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M63, M94, and NGC 4490

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#1 TenthEnemy

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:38 PM

Here are three galaxies I observed on May 10th with a 76mm reflector. First is M63, this relatively bright galaxy looks nice in any telescope.

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#2 TenthEnemy

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:42 PM

Next is M94, which is possibly the easiest galaxy to see. This galaxy has the appearance of a bright globular cluster and is a great target for small telescopes.

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#3 TenthEnemy

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:45 PM

Last is NGC 4490. This odd galaxy and its companion are fascinating in a larger scope, but in a 70mm it is just a faint, vaguely rectangular glow.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:28 AM

BAM!

Go the small aperture, Tenth.

It takes some doing to squeeze all the juice out of a small aperture. It isn't all about aperture, but really pulling everything you can from what you've got. I am really impressed, mate!

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

TenthEnemy,

All 3 of these beauties are in the same piece of sky and if you have a sky like yours these great views are possible as you have shown with these superb sketches.

Frank :)

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 07:50 PM

Nicely done and 3 fun targets to get.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:31 PM

Tenth,

Very nicely done and very enjoyable. Where were you observing from?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:17 AM

Very nice sketches. You must have been observing in reasonably dark skies. :waytogo:

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#9 TenthEnemy

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:46 AM

Thank you all for the comments. I observed these galaxies from my front yard, deep in the "red zone" surrounding Washington D.C., this is where I make almost all of my observations and sketches. I think people often underestimate what can be accomplished under a bright suburban sky.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:51 PM

You are right about that. A lot can be done under those conditions. And, when the people are "thicker" there is more opportunity to show what can be done.

#11 Rutilus

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

Great sketches made with the small scope.

#12 JeanB

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:31 PM

Very nicely done indeed!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:56 PM

TenthEnemy,

Very good sketches of M-63, M-94 & NGC-4490 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:24 PM

Very nice sketches. I am amazed you can get those with a 76mm reflector. Let alone from a red zone!!!

You must have owl vision. :waytogo:

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:35 AM

Really nice sketches , this isanother great example that its not all about aperture, great things can be done with small scopes.Very nicely done! :waytogo:

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:20 AM

Great sketches from such a small aperture.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hi.

I join the other comments to tell you they are very nice sketches especially from a red zone. But I agree with you, lot of DSO are visible from my red zone backyard.

Andre.






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