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#1 mudnreo

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:20 PM

I'm not possitive but I think I saw M 103 in my 10/50 Bushnell binoculars this morning. I got up at 3:30 am for work and let the dogs out and looked up and it was a stuning clear sky with some clouds. In between the clouds I saw more stars than I think I ever have here on the Delmarva. Had to leave for work at 4:30 so no time for the scope so got dressed and grabbed the binos. I looked up at Vega and the double next to it then went around the house and looked at Cassiopia. I looked where 103 should be and there it was, a tiny little cluster of stars!!! I didn't think it could be seen in binos but it was a cluster in the right place so, what do you all think, did I get 103 or something else or just being optimistic?

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:35 PM

what do you all think, did I get 103 or something else or just being optimistic?


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:49 PM

NGC 663 is the most obvious cluster in that region, if you're sure it wasn't that one then it's not unlikely you saw M103.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

Yet another superb example of Rony's sketching skills in the Phil Harrington article that Stan provided the link for.

#5 mudnreo

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:04 PM

Can't say for sure BUT reading the link above I think it was most likely NGC 663, which is ok too.
Thanks for the replies

#6 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:57 PM

Can't say for sure BUT reading the link above I think it was most likely NGC 663, which is ok too.
Thanks for the replies


If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder. I do know them well from looking at them in a telescope...

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:41 AM

If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder.


Sure, both clusters are readily visible in hand-holdable binoculars. M103 is much smaller and somewhat fainter, but its brightest stars are somewhat brighter, so you probably have a higher chance of resolving individual stars within it.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:09 AM

If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder.


Sure, both clusters are readily visible in hand-holdable binoculars. M103 is much smaller and somewhat fainter, but its brightest stars are somewhat brighter, so you probably have a higher chance of resolving individual stars within it.


At the lowest powers M-103 is recognizable by it's narrow triangular shape, it's not hard to identify...

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