two clusters in the same view
Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:35 PM
With my 16 inch Lightbridge, using my ES 20mm/100degree eyepiece (1.09 degrees of sky) I saw two pretty but different-looking clusters in the same view. At the bottom of the constellation Gemini is open cluster M 35. Right next to it in the same view was a much tighter cluster NGC 2158. Both beautiful but different, a nice contrast to each other.
Also firsts for me, the very popular M 81/82, M 51 and a pair of galaxies in the bottom of Leo (Maybe M 95/96?), and the double cluster in Perseus.
My favorite, M 42, was straight overhead, as was Jupiter. Finally saw the Flame Nebula in Orion! But it had to be overhead. Could not see it earlier when Orion was lower. Someone showed me the Horsehead, but I could not see it.
So a very eventful night for me.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:01 PM
Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:10 PM
On good nights with that 16", M82 at higher power has got to look interesting with all the action going on in it.
Thanks for a nice note.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:21 PM
With binoculars and their wider field one can often enjoy several clusters in one view.
Indeed... or with a wide field telescope. M6 and M7 are within reach of a 500mm focal length scope with a 2 inch focuser. M36-37-38 are possible with a 400mm focal length scope with a 2 inch focuser.
In longer length scopes, M38, NGC-1907 is a favorite. Also M46-M47 are quite close and with a widefield scope, there are several other nearby clusters.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:25 PM
Andy, I'll never forget the first time I saw Mirach's Ghost, elliptical galaxy NGC 404. I was at the Star Walk star party at Copper Breaks State Park near Crowell, Texas. There had been an abundance of curious folks earlier, but I arrived late. Missed the intro and most of the family crowds. I think I brought an ST80 or some such. Anyway, as people left I was attracted to two scopes near where I set up, a 16" and an 18" Obsession. I was enjoying some fantastic things in the 18" when the poor soul who was trying to manage both realized I was a genuine lover of the night sky and had a clue about telescopes. He said, "Why don't you manage that one (pointing to the 16"), and I'll handle this one." To a guy who bought an ST80, my immediate response was, "Okay"
I didn't get my bearings right, and was trying to split Almach in Andromeda, when I noticed the supposed Almach was awfully white and without its component. But off to the side was a strange, mysterious blob! I realized I was on Mirach and not Almach, but what was this ethereal glow? The lame star chart I had with me (this was around 2003, I think), didnt show anything. Later, back home looking at a better star map and confirming on the Internet, I found out about NGC 404, Mirach's Ghost, an elliptical galaxy.
Andy, you've got the right scope for ample discoveries. Enjoy!
Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:01 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:11 PM
M38, NGC-1907 is a favorite
I really enjoy BOTH of these M-clusters & their attendant NGC's... amazing alignments of near+far clusters, and that we should have TWO of 'em in the same vicinity!
In your aperture, these NGC's go beyond the ghostlike hazies of a smaller scope (which is ALSO quite kewl, btw ), and begin to reveal their true natures- that of tightly packed star clusters! I'll never forget my first glimpse of one (don't recall which ) thru a 33-inch Dob; my gosh, in that aperture, the NGC looked just like it's nearby 'M' cluster thru an "ordinary" scope!
Good stuff! Keep at it- the heavens are loaded with surprises... not all as splashy, some quite subtle, but all can be amazing!
Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:20 PM