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Has anyone seen Stephen's Quintet?

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#51 Bill Barlow

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:21 AM

Jake, you must have really dark and transparent skies to see that many members with a 114mm refractor. I can make out 4 members with my C14 from our astro clubs observing site in a yellow zone.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:27 PM

You are right. This group of galaxy is a tough one, which I have missed in previous two tries. The third try was a charm last night under good seeing condition. Not being familiar with the pattern of the stars surrounding the NGC 7331, and the upside down image orientation of Newtonian, it is very easy to get lost in search of them in a yellow zone sky. I had to memorize the image near the NGC 7331, convert it back to what it would be like in a Newtonian view, and really focused in the right area to find them. In my 10" scope, they are faint. If you do not pay attention to it, it is very easy to miss them as just another faint stars.






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