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#1 jeff heck

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

What objects at the start of a new season make you drool? A few weeks ago I observed M17 for the first time this year and it really got to me. I love galaxies but this showpiece emission nebula can unfairly consume my observing time. From 82x to 288x, no filter, UHC or OIII, the detail and amount of variety puts this beauty in my top 5 list of favorite objects.
Autumn: M33 and M31
Winter: M42
Spring: M51 and M104
What are some of the objects that make you call people to your scope each season? :question:

#2 Fuzzyguy

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:05 PM

You about covered it for me Jeff. I looked at M51 last night for the first time this year and I was just as impressed as the first time. I also like M8 in the summer along with M17 as WOW objects. The Ring and M13 are nice spring objects. For winter M42 is my choice and the double cluster when it's high in the sky.

#3 kfiscus

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:07 PM

Veil + O-III = a good night

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:09 PM

Sticking purely to the summer season...

In my binoculars: 12.8X50, 7.7 degree FOV; 20.8X60, 4.7 degree FOV... Dark nebulae under a dark sky! Examples:

The Galactic Dark Horse complex, comprising many Barnard objects.

B92 and B93, on the NW side of M24, as well as the large Lynds' cloud on the SE side.

Barnard's 'E'.

B168, a cometary cloud in the head of which resides the Coccoon nebula.

The quite large (easily 7 degrees long) Lynds B660 complex, residing on the NW edge of the northern spur of the milky way in southernmost Hercules (surprising that Herc has observable dark clouds, eh?). This one has interesting structure, and us virtually unknown among anateurs.

These--and others of their kind--have me glued to the eyepieces for hours.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:12 PM

Double Cluster, Ring Nebula, Trifid Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, M42 (Of course), M31, Omega Centuri.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:25 PM

The veil so long as the scope is 8" or larger and filtered.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:49 PM

I have to be honest and say all of them. That's right, every single one of them, from the brightest tourist object (like the Triffid, Lagoon and Ring nebulae) to the faintest smudge of a galaxy that I can barely detect by nudging the scope. The ALL wow me. Picking one or the other is like choosing a favorite child. I can't do it because I live for deep sky, and every one of those objects fall into that category, regardless of whether they're spectacular or extremely hard to see.

Sorry if I disappointed you with that answer, but that's my two cents. Hard core! Old time hockey!

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:42 AM


The Seven Daughters of Atlas. The nebulosity just awes me. Its prominence can vary from one night to another.

Messier object number five. The look of an open cluster just behind it is neat-o!

Last but not least is the Cat's Eye nebula. That darned central star taunts me with its blinking.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:04 AM

In the spring, M 104 or the Leo Trio. And, this year, Panstarrs.
For the Summer, M13 and the quasar Q1634+706. The quasar might not look like much, but it makes me dizzy thinking how far away it is.
In Fall, M33 or the Double Cluster.
I don't normally have much opportunity to observe in the winter.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

The Seven Daughters of Atlas. The nebulosity just awes me. Its prominence can vary from one night to another...


I thought I knew my deep-sky nicknames, but I'll admit that I had to look that one up. I have always heard Seven Sisters.

After looking at all of those Summer Milky Way objects in the southern sky, I am always wowed by NGC 7789, way up in Cassiopeia. This is another object in which no image resembles the eyepiece view. It's good that that is true, or I might just sit at the computer and look at images rather than put the eye to the eyepiece.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:47 PM

I'm kind of with Fred on this - all of them wow me each time. My "favorites" list has 210 objects on it and I take the time to look at each one of them every year.

But a few really stick out and I'll make the time to look at them every chance I get: M81, M82, M31, M13, M27, M57, M104, M103 (one of my first), NGC 869/884 (Double Cluster), NGC 6543 (Cat Eye Nebula), NGC 7331, NGC 7662, Alrakis (mu Draconis), and Zeta Cancri.

Cheers,

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:29 PM

I agree with Tom, NGC 7789 is fascinating, lots of curved chains of stars and a core that is resolved.

I also love a good planetary nebula, all four of the Messier PN's, NGC 6543, 3242, 7009.

Several folks mentioned the Veil...there is so much to see there, the twisted nebulosity with all those stars involved.

OK, all of it, we do live in a beautiful Universe;
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:44 PM

The summer Milky Way from a dark site.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:21 AM

Hi Jeff,

I really enjoy M27, the Dumbbell this time of year. It's a great object in any scope. I'm also kind of an OC nut so throw in several of those like the Rocking Horse, Foxhead, M6 and M7, M11, etc.

P.S., I didn't know you had ANY favorites besides galaxies!

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:16 AM


I see Messier objects are numerous in favor. I reckon it's because they are easy to see. Why struggle looking at some tiny smudge called a galaxy when M-31 shows more. Eh?

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 05:55 AM

The summer Milky Way from a dark site.


Agreed. The Milky Way is by far my favorite deep-sky object; it never ceases to awe me. And as a bonus, it doesn't need (or want) a telescope.

Of telescopic objects, M42 is the one that always seem better than I remembered it being when it first comes into view each season.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

Definitely the Milky Way from a dark site.

And, each winter, I always look at M42 and it never fails to impress. So I've looked at it each season, sometimes several times a season, for the last 21 years and yet it never becomes old hat.

In spring, not one object - although if I had to choose just one, it would be one of NGC 4565 in Coma Berenices, NGC 4244 in Canes Venatici or M51 - but many: the galaxies in Markarian's Chain in Virgo. I love seeing many galaxies in the field of view.

As for autumn, there's NGCs 884 and 869, the Double Cluster in Perseus. Looking at them never grows old either.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

There are three seasons: M31, M51, and the Veil.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:42 PM

Lol.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Winter-M42 and the Auriga clusters
Autumn-Double cluster, M31 and 33. Little Dumbell
Spring-M51,M81 and M82, M110,M13, M92 and M5 Owl, Dumbell, M64,Needle galaxy, Sombrero NGC7008
Summer-Lagoon, M11, Ring, NGC3893,

#21 jeff heck

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Yes, some interesting replies, as always. You cannot deny the power of seeing the Milky Way from a darksite, and O.C. ngc7789 is very nice. I still consider myself a newbie as this is only my seventh year observing, so most Messier objects WOW me.

P.S. Dale, you are a funny guy! I plan to get out to Danville next clear night, hope you can join us.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:18 PM

I just started looking up a couple months ago, and am rather awed by everything. One object I never see mentioned that particularly impresses me is the Whale Galaxy. Favorite area to peruse is the spout of the tea kettle.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:23 AM

Tony, et al;

My observing buddy of 34 years, AJ Crayon, and I marvel at the night sky every time we go out. We will take a break from observing around midnight and have a snack. So, here we are surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of equipment and just sitting there oogling whatever is overhead. It is still enjoyable to marvel at our beautiful universe. We often find ourselves discussing how amazing it all is and the fact that we are here to be amazed.

Lots of fun;
Steve Coe

#24 Tony Flanders

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

We will take a break from observing around midnight and have a snack. So, here we are surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of equipment and just sitting there oogling whatever is overhead.


I'm not sure I would call that "taking a break from observing." Maybe that's when you're really getting into observing.

On the fairly rare occasions that I get to a truly dark site, I have a hard time dragging myself to the eyepiece of my telescope. What I want to do most is just lie on my back and look at the sky.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:15 AM

If you like Dark Nebula, you should check out the August Astronomy as they have a large article on them.

Bob






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