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Observing notes for 8000 NGC and IC objects online

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#1 sgottlieb



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:19 AM

I've updated my observing notes to the end of 2012 on Adventures in Deep Space and the NGC/IC Project. The last notes that made it in cover objects in the Large Magellanic Cloud and galaxies in Dorado, while in Australia for the November total eclipse. The intro reads ....

Here are my observing notes for nearly 7200 NGC entries and an additional 785 IC entries. I began taking notes on the Messier objects with a 6" reflector in 1978 from northern California and by the end of 1981 was exploring fainter NGCs with a 13.1". The vast majority of my notes, though, were made using a 17.5" f/4.5 homemade dob (1987-2002) and an 18" f/4.3 Starmaster (2003-2011). Recent notes have been included with my current 24" f/3.7 Starstructure as well as a couple of hundred observations made with Jimi Lowrey's 48" f/4 from west Texas. Many of the NGCs have multiple observations made through two or more of these scopes.

As far as NGCs north of –40° declination, my notes are complete except for roughly three dozen objects – most of which are Milky Way star clouds or star asterisms. Observations of deep sky objects south of –45 degrees were generally made in Australia with 18" and 24" scopes during several week-long observing trips or in Costa Rica with a 13.1" scope.

Outside of the NGC itself, this is likely the most complete visual resource of NGC observations available anywhere. All of the entries have been checked for historical accuracy as part of the NGC/IC Project and many entries include historical background information.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:04 AM

True dedication! A most impressive work indeed.

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#3 JayinUT


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:44 AM


Just a note to say thank you for this wonderful reference, and that it is free. Thanks again.

#4 drbyyz


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:09 PM

Thanks for the amazing reference! I'm going to have fun perusing through these.

Also, I just had out the sky and telescope with your daughter in it the other day. I clicked on your link and thought "Man that telescope looks familiar." Crazy small world.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

What an amazing resource and accomplishment! Thank you so much for your willingness to share.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

Thanks. I'm saving a permanent link to your works.

#7 Dean Norris

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:24 PM


Your dedication is truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing your work.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:39 AM

No words can describe our gratitude! Thanks Steve!

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