What object WOWS you each season.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:43 PM
Autumn: M33 and M31
Spring: M51 and M104
What are some of the objects that make you call people to your scope each season?
Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:05 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:09 PM
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.
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.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:12 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:25 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:49 PM
Sorry if I disappointed you with that answer, but that's my two cents. Hard core! Old time hockey!
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.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:04 AM
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.
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.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:47 PM
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.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:29 PM
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;
Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:21 AM
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!
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?
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.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:20 AM
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.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:13 PM
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,
Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:25 PM
P.S. Dale, you are a funny guy! I plan to get out to Danville next clear night, hope you can join us.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:18 PM
Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:23 AM
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;
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.
Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:15 AM