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#1 kfiscus

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:19 AM

Read on- this is in the correct forum.

I LOVE Palomar 8, the glob that let me finally find PLUTO. This was the hardest I've ever worked to see anything in my life. Pal 8 is mag 10.9, Pluto is 14.0. The glob will serve as a handy guidepost for the next few days. It makes a readily-identifiable rectangle with 3 mag 10ish stars. The rectangle steers you to mag 12 double by a corner, and then the work begins. Pluto is traveling across a void just to the south of the double. See the finder chart in the June 2013 Sky & Telescope, page 53 (just to the right of the binding).
 

#2 Achernar

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

My favorite globular cluster is M-22, which readily resolves into stars through a 4-inch, and easily shows color among the brightest members through my 15-inch, Close behind it are M-15, M-4, M-5, and Omega Centauri.

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#3 kfiscus

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:18 PM

Achernar, I was trolling for people to reply that I was in the wrong forum with a deep sky subject. I really want anyone contemplating finding Pluto to jump at the next clear night with the dim glob leading searchers to their quarry.
 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:08 AM

I thought that was what you were doing. ;) Anyway I think using any deep sky object to find Pluto or any other object isn't a bad idea. Glad it worked for you.
 

#5 Ed D

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:30 AM

Aren't you in the wrong forum?

Achernar, I was trolling for people to reply that I was in the wrong forum with a deep sky subject.


Seriously, that sounds like a winner of an idea. The only reason I have been able to see Pluto is that I was using a friend's GO-TO and just for the heck of it I told it to find Pluto. BTW, it's a planet and I don't care what anyone else says!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:57 AM


I'll post again. Several responses disappeared.

I vote for Messier #5. And I shall label the open cluster just behind it NGC 5.1
 

#7 Rick Woods

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:44 PM

I'll post again. Several responses disappeared.

I vote for Messier #5. And I shall label the open cluster just behind it NGC 5.1


You probably mean M5.1, right?
 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:48 AM


OK. I'll go with that. It does need a label.

And how's your LX-200 doing for you Rick? Cactus Patch observatory. I take it you're in the desert-dry and clear skies every night? You know looking everynight with that LX-200 14 incher might wear away the optics. You should be careful. It can happen.
 






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