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#1 Roel


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:15 AM

On the first observing evening on La Palma the effect of the Sahara dust in the upper atmosphere (called the Callima) was not as prominent as a few days later. I set up the 300mm f/4 Sumerian Alkaid on a dirt road near the holiday house and enjoyed the views of Sagittarius and Scorpius hight in the sky; in the Netherlands these contellations never rise high enough above the Southern horizon for good observatons. The Milky Way is the brightest in that region and although the Callima already started to obscure the sky, it still remained an amazing sight!

Most of the nebulosity around Messier 8 was visible without a filter, but I made this sketch using an Orion Ultrablock UHC filter, which helped to increase the contrast of the fainter parts. The object almost filled the field of view my 22mm LVW eyepiece. There was such an enormous amount of detail visible, it was nearly impossble to sketch all of it.

(I would have to sketch the whole night on a larger scale to catch it all, but I had some more objects om my observing list that night!)

Messier 8 - Arecida, La Palma, 1 aug. 2013, 23.15u - 00.45u, 300mm f/4, 22mm LVW, UHC

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#2 Asbytec


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:07 AM

Regardless of not capturing all of it, you captured a nice one. I like it.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:37 AM

Agreed, very nicely done Roel you recorded a lot of detail.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:46 AM


Nice sketch of M-8 :).




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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:44 PM


Superb sketch.

Frank :)

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:02 AM

Wow, Thats amazing. :)


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:25 PM

nice work!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:48 PM

I've observed this nebula with many scopes from different locations, got to be up there with one oft favorite nebulae, and you truly captured it well, phenomenal job

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:39 PM

Nice work, Roel. :) I was just looking at M8 the other night. I got the best view with my UHC narrowband filter, too, but it's so big I could only see a part of it at a time. I should put my focal reducer in and try again. Maybe I'll get a view like you portray here. :cool: Sounds like you're having a great time.

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