What is your challenge object for this winter...
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:35 AM
It will this year!
What's your challenge object for the upcoming winter observing season....
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There are several other objects that can fall into the challenge object category.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:12 PM
One thing to remember about the Horsehead.....it's bigger than you think!!!
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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 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.
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.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:35 AM
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.
The brighter parts of IC 405 should be doable under a fairly dark sky in a 12 inch if you use an H-Beta filter and at least possible using a narrow-band nebula filter. It isn't much, but the H-Beta at least should give you a fighting chance at seeing it. I can see several of the inner filaments in IC 405 in my 14 inch with the H-Beta (52x), but they are pretty darn dim. On a really dark night in an 8 inch f/5 equipped with the H-Beta, I have occasionally seen the very faint band of nebulosity that is west and extends well south of AE Aur (1.3 degrees in length). Good luck and clear skies to you.