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Low Messier 8 through a 80mm refractor

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#1 Roel

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:00 AM

After literally weeks of rainfall and clouds, last night the sky finally cleared. I took my little 80mm f/6,25 refrator out to a fairly dark site to observe some low Milky Way objects. In the Netherlands Messier 8 rises only 14 degrees above the southern horizon, but because of the very transparant sky much more detail than I expected was visible. Using an Orion Ultrablock filter the dark lane was pretty prominent, and the bright patch on the western side of the nebula appeared to glow. It was a wonderful sight at 38x (13mm Vixen LVW), even at its low altitude.

The sketch was made with a black pen (fot the stars) and a 2H graphite pencil (for the nebulosity) on a piece of white paper. Inverted and orientation-flip using Photoshop.

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#2 Rutilus

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:17 PM

Super.

#3 John K

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

great sketch.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:25 PM

nice sketch !
Layst night at the same time I observed M8 too with my 16" Dob + O III. The sky was very clear after the rainy weather.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:37 PM

That's a great sketch, with excellent detail.
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

Beautiful work, Roel!

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:45 PM

Roel,

Beautiful sketch of M8 you captured the region of the hourglass very bright. There is much to be said for dark sky views of M8, M20, M42 etc. in a small scope.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:36 PM

Beautiful sketch. I'm glad you got such a good view from that far north.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:42 AM

Roel,

Very fine sketch of M-8 :).

CS,KLU,

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