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#51 Starman81

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

I forgot to mention globular clusters myself, I love those! Too tough picking favorites!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

My favorites have typically been double stars and clusters (open and globular). I've enjoyed these since getting interested in astronomy in the 70's...

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

That is indeed a wonderful sight, seeing both in the same view! One of my favorites!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:34 AM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.

1+ :jump:

Also try M52 and the Bubble. Not as spectacular, but a nice observing challenge, and M52 is a good signpost for the Bubble. It's about the same FOV as M81/M82.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:09 PM

Galaxies and globs for me, by far. But you'd think I'd get a bigger scope then...

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:59 AM

Jupiter is at the top of my list right now. I dig everything my scopes can show, but for the moment, I'm into dynamic objects that change frequently.

Conjunctions and random interesting alignments are a strong motivator to go outside. Planets moving through bright open clusters and well known asterisms are great for sketching. Jupiter was a degree or so below Davis' Dog's hind paw on Dec 16, looked pretty cool in a 4 degree field.

I happened to catch an unmanned cargo vessel following ISS late June 2011 while walking our dogs. If memory serves it was Progress M-11M. It's fascinating to think we're hurling these massive objects into NEO, and so few people on the ground notice it. I suppose that's my favourite thing... awareness of what's going on above us.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:30 AM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.


Pretty nice view! :grin: Tony

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.

1+ :jump:

Also try M52 and the Bubble. Not as spectacular, but a nice observing challenge, and M52 is a good signpost for the Bubble. It's about the same FOV as M81/M82.


Got me thinking. Has anybody made a list of "views" of multiple objects? Format would include FOV, RA/Dec, object list, and maybe filter recommendation.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

Globular clusters are MY favorite objects!!!! They are magnificent!!....and fun trying to 'wrap-my-head' around visualizing what one would see if standing on a planet from within it!!!
(NOTE: My primary interests are Lunar and Planetary observing!...but globulars are my best DSO's!).....

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:43 AM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.


Pretty nice view! :grin: Tony


...an amazing and satisfying choice, guys!! I still find it hard to find them....but when I do, that's why it soooo satisfying!!! :jump:

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:55 AM

my most enjoyable time is naked eye viewing of the entire sky

the whole is more than the sum of the parts

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