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#1 The Planetman

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

Right now, mine is the Cone Nebula. Always wanted to see it, but for one reason or another, it never made it on an observing list.
It will this year!

What's your challenge object for the upcoming winter observing season.... :question:


#2 David Knisely

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

Oh, maybe Gyulbudagian's Nebula (in Cepheus). I haven't see it for a number of years (and it is a variable nebula), so I may have to go back to it with my 14 inch (I first glimpsed it in a 10 inch). I have picked up the Cone a few times before, but other than the challenge of actually seeing it (needs a good narrow-band filter and excellent conditions mostly), it wasn't much of challenge to find. Clear skies to you.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

For me there's a number of Palomar globulars and Abell planetary nebulae I have on my observing list. Above all, I'm going to look for the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy this winter. That one will probably be the most challenging one yet for me given the skies that prevail along the Gulf Coast.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

Wouldn't mind picking up the horse head in lip skies :D.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:11 PM

Actually seeing it is the reason I'm calling it a challenge.
There are several other objects that can fall into the challenge object category.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

Horsehead, never seen it. I haven't bought an H-beta filter yet. 12" scope from green skies.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:27 PM

Ditto on the horsehead. Sue French has seen it with a 10"...and Im determined to do so as well!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

I've seen it in a 10". And I've seen it using a UHC.
One thing to remember about the Horsehead.....it's bigger than you think!!!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Thanks Ross!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

Ahhh winter... Horsehead, you vex me so. Maybe this year!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:59 PM

Any more of the Herschel 2500 I can get for starters. All of the upcoming Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge objects, and whatever else comes up. I revisit the Horsehead every year so it's nothing new. The Cone? That would be a good one. Don't remember if I've seen it before.

I can never seem to nail the Witch Head or any part of it either.

If I really thought about it, I could probably come up with quite an expansive list.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

The horsehead is easy to find but actually seeing it is harder. An H beta filter does help. I have picked it up twice and whenever I have the opportunity I try for it. It needs to be clear transparent skies for sure! Good luck to you all!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:34 PM

Thanks for reminding me about the Witch Head. I'd like to try her, too.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

My only view of the Horsehead was with my 4-inch TV-102 refractor from a blue zone in the mountains of western NC. It seems like any light pollution at all kills it here in the southeast. Like so many here my next great challenge would be either the Witch Head or the Cone Nebula. Both are easy to find but very hard to see. Here again I think it has a lot to do with light pollution.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

I curious to see if my 16" pumps enough light through various filters to help overcome my local light pollution (red zone). I've also got a realy nice black towel that I wear like a scarf in the winter. When I look through my eyepiece I pull it up over my head like a cowl. It's a big help in blocking out stray light, at least until my eyepiece fogs over. :)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

Hello,
The Witch Head Nebula in Orion....ummmm!!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

Technically, the Witch Head IC 2118 is in Eridanus not Orion but it does get its reflective light from Rigel.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

Come to rethink it. With all the clouds around here in the winter, it may be a challenge to see a single star...

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

I've attempted the Witch Head 2 years in a row without success. I guess it's a better bino object than with a large aperture because the thing is so big. I've tried every filter I have and looked for an edge I could follow, somewhere along the brightest parts of it, but no go. I'll try again this year.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

What is your challenge object for this winter...

Jupiter

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

What is your challenge object for this winter...

Challenge object 38; Herbig-Haro 222 - The waterfall feature.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

My nemesis has always been the G and H stars of the trap. I am seldom in dark skies enough to give me a real shot but I have had a few good chances with no luck with the 18.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

Flaming Star nebula IC 405 in Auriga. G and H in the trap. Simeis 147 in Auriga. I've kind of given up on the Witch head until I get to darker skies.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

I've attempted the Witch Head 2 years in a row without success. I guess it's a better bino object than with a large aperture because the thing is so big. I've tried every filter I have and looked for an edge I could follow, somewhere along the brightest parts of it, but no go. I'll try again this year.


Fred, If I am remembering correctly, the Witch Head is a reflection nebula and no filter really works well on it. I think that a wide field-of-view low power refractor or binoculars will work best from a dark sky site so try without a filter and use low power. You may get lucky from your desert location. I would love to hear about any success you have.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

Come to rethink it. With all the clouds around here in the winter, it may be a challenge to see a single star...


DING, DING, DING, DING, DING,

Ladies and gentlemen no more calls we have a winner!!!!

Really I just want to get back at my Herschel 2500 project. It's those low down to the horizon late autumn winter objects I need to get to. It's the sky to the south that's the challenge not the actual object.

I've got 2 more Palomar globulars to observe but spring will do fine for those.

Bill






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