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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 07:04 AM

Binocular Universe: Taking Aim at the Archer

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:52 AM

Phil;

Great stuff, as always. There certainly are plenty of goodies to view in and around Sagittarius. I have always loved the interplay of light and dark along the Milky Way. The star clouds and clusters for bright glows and dark areas as a contrast to that.

Lots of fun;
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Posted 04 August 2013 - 05:03 AM

Thanks, Steve. Very true! Hopefully, this time next weekend, I'll be basking in just that atop Breezy Hill in VT at Stellafane. :jump:

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 03:13 AM

I was fortunate to spend last week under very good skies with my 8x42 and 15x60 binoculars, and Sagittarius got most of my attention. It's so great to see all those lumps of light and darkness in between the landmark DSO targets.

Phil, reading your nice article I wondered if you happened to post the wrong finder chart? NGC 6774 isn't even on it.

There was a CN thread some years ago, see here about NGC 6774. I continue to appreciate the Eagle shape highlighted there. Phil, you posted an excellent chart in that thread.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:58 AM

Thanks for the head's up about the wrong finder chart, Mark. Color me :o. I've sent a corrected chart to the CN webmaster for replacement. Meanwhile, I am attaching the same corrected chart to this reply.

Also good point about the "Eagle" in NGC 6774. Thanks for the link to that thread from 2007!

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:20 PM

Phil,
In this article, the list of objects provided at the end refer to stuff farther north, in Aql, Ser and Oph for the most part...

Incidentally, NGC 6774, or Ru 147, is very interesting. The Tycho data had revealed it to be much more populous than formerly thought, and it is now known as the nearest of the old clusters. Back in 1999 I had written software to plot color-magnitude diagrams and proper motion vector diagrams from Hipparcos/Tycho data, for the study of possible, unknown open clusters I had stumbled upon using 10X50s. I also studied this cluster, and found nearly 90 members in a 2 degree circle. I derived an age of about 2 billion years and a disrance of about 1,000 l-y. The one member which has a puplished radial velocity measure, a red giant, allowed to roughly determine the galactic orbit parameters based on the epicycle approximation (I did not have nor could I write code to do orbit integrations in the Galactic potential.)

I was gratified to eventually read that a paper had been authored in 2005, the synopsis of which generally confirmed my crude findings.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 05:30 AM

Thanks, Glenn. I must have been sleeping when I sent in those files! :foreheadslap:

Here is the correct list. Note that the correct finder chart and object list are included with the downloadable PDF version of the column.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:43 AM

I've sent a corrected chart to the CN webmaster for replacement.


Sorry for the delay, replaced the chart just now!

Charlie

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:55 AM

finally got a clear night to take in some of these sights
M22 was terrific -nice bright glow -i also enjoyed the triangle asterism shadowing them
6716 was underwhelming -to be honest in my 15x51 it was no diff to the background of the milky way
6774 was better -a nice little string of faint stars , bit like an octopus with one short & one long tentacle

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:07 AM

Thanks for the observations! I agree about NGC 6716 as being nothing special. Not sure why the AL would bother to include it on their list of targets. But since they did, I thought it appropriate to mention it in this survey of the area.

But yes, N6774 is much more interesting visually.






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