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#1 Roel

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:43 AM

During my latest trip to the island of La Palma my observations suffered from a pretty bad hazy sky, caused by dust from the Sahara desert high up in the atmosphere. Even from the highest peaks the sky was covered in a dusty mist for days. The Milky Way was just as bright as from my standard observing site in the Netherlands. Not quite what I was expecting... However, I managed to find this elusive globular in Aquila, mostly because of it being situated higher in the sky. It was pretty hard to spot, even with my 300mm f/4 Dobsonian (Sumerian Optics Alkaid), but after some minutes of searching with averted vision I spotted "something" on the correct location. More concentrated viewing once located made the cluster more and more apparent.I made the sketch using a 8mm LVW (150x)


Palomar 11, Mirador de los Andenes, 4 aug. 2013, 02.00u - 02.30u, 300mm f/4, 8mm LVW
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#2 Achernar

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:20 AM

Thank for sharing your sketch, I have unsuccessfully searched for this one with a 10 and a 15-inch under skies not nearly as good as those at La Palma. At least I know what to look for the next time I try for it, IF the rain and clouds let up before the Sun gets too close to Aquila to observe it this year. Great job on the drawing.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

Roel,

That is a very fine capture.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:13 AM

Roel,

Nice capture of Palomar 11 :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#5 Roel

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:46 AM

I have unsuccessfully searched for this one with a 10 and a 15-inch under skies not nearly as good as those at La Palma.

The skies at La Palma were not not so good at all that night. It was comparable to my rural observing site in the Netherlands. I did not check the naked eye limiting magnitude, but I guess is was only about 6.2-6.5. If you have the possibility to observe under such skies, Palomar 11 should definitely be visible in a 15" telescope. Make shure you have a good finder chart, you'll only see it if you know exactly were to look!

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

Nice work Roel.


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:54 PM

Thank you for sharing your vision. With my light polluted skies and limited aperture ( 8" Dob. and 5" refractor ) I can only dream...

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:51 PM

Wow--now that's what I call a faint fuzzy. :grin: Nice catch.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:06 PM

Nice catch, Roel. Very nice.






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