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#1 Alvin Huey

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:24 AM

Enjoy! :grin:

http://www.faintfuzz...012-FD-Shk.html

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:59 AM

:bigshock: These will separate the men from the boys in a hurry.

Probably a liiittle out of range of my 12"...


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:25 AM

"Shakhbazian"

Half the challenge is pronouncing it correctly!

Awesome observations Alvin!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

Very cool Alvin, and definitely out of range for my 10 inch.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:00 AM

Alvin,

It appears your deep sky challenge is out of everyone's league. Maybe they need thinner glass. :lol:

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:33 AM

:bigshock: These will separate the men from the boys in a hurry.

Probably a liiittle out of range of my 12"...


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Thomas, Denmark


Perhaps those but Skh 166 is possible with a 12.5". Of this chain http://www.deepskyfo...35&d=1352077779 I was able to make out the 6 brightest. It was at 456X with the f/5 12.5" it all fit in one FOV.

This little chain was my favorite view in a 5 day project I did about 14 months ago when I observed 50 galaxies within 10º of Polaris. I would have been able to do it in 4 nights but I miscounted.

That could be a good challenge for you Thomas.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:41 AM

:smirk: :smirk: :smirk:I am already proud I spotted stephens quintet... these small guys are out of my league I guess

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

Shakhbazian groups. Shazam! I will give some of these a try. Thanks for the link.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

Kim,

You should be able to bag many of them with your 40" scope.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:30 PM

That's out of range of my 15-inch too........the faintest galaxies I have been able to see so far are around 14th magnitude.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

"Shakhbazian"

Half the challenge is pronouncing it correctly!

Awesome observations Alvin!


Shakhbazian is Armenian. I like to see Shakhbazian galaxy groups, but they are out of reach with an 8 inch telescope. :(

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:36 AM

Not only that... Dr. Shakhbazian is a woman.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:07 PM

Not only that... Dr. Shakhbazian is a woman.


Interesting.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:26 AM

Maybe a challenge for astro photographers too?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

Maybe a challenge for astro photographers too?

Agreed - Alvin's work just the perfect challenge for my 12" SCT from LP London suburbs - aided by my SX Lodestar OSC cam :grin: Hope to get it back in action soon ;)

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

"Shakhbazian"

Half the challenge is pronouncing it correctly!


Think of "Shakhbazian" as "Shakeandbake" astronomy.
Now think of yourself trying to mark the Michael Jordan of astronomy as he dribbles upcourt, when he looks at you and utters:
"shakeandbake"

Yeah, and your chances of catching "Shakhbazian" galaxies with your 12" the way Alvin catches them in his scope are about the same as your chances of catching Michael Jordan with your chicken-legs-in-sneakers after he says "shakeandbake".

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Just kidding, Alvin. It would be a neat experience for anyone who gets to observe with Alvin sometime at a very dark site with his Shakhbazian-catcher telescope. Man, some of us are still working on catching all three members of the Leo Triplet. ;)






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