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#1 Kimbo_2112



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:12 PM

I just posted a sketch of M50 (at the scope). I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a good binocular object to try? I have Oberwerk 15x60s. :question:

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:17 PM

If you're located in the South there are a lot of nice targets in Sagittarius worth sketching, such as M22. Another one that may not be as easy as it seems would be Albireo.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 07:39 PM

I'm not quite as far south as you are, but you are right about Sagittarius having some worthy contenders. What I have wanted to do for a while is M7, but I fear I've waited to late in the season for it. Albireo seems like a nice challenge. One last comment/question; do you have any suggestions on how to sketch diffraction spikes?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:10 AM

You might like to try these targets with your binos:

* M42 & surrounds

* Galaxy M31 - sensational in binos

* Galaxy M33 - tougher than M31, so will test your observation skills

* if you are under southern skies & feeling mad, you can try the LMC! That sucker will put hair on your chest for sure.

* Any part of the Milky Way. It contains so many dark nebulae visible in binos it will astound.

The way I do diffraction spikes is I place the pencil tip on the star & dova little flick out from it. I then repeat this another three times to get the four spikes.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:47 AM

Rosette Nebula, all three Messier clusters in Auriga are pretty visible, I found them one night when I used to have a pair of 10x50s. The Rosette nebula is visible as a compressed cluster of stars, but appears nebulous because its of unresolved stars.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:42 PM

The Double cluster and M44 are beautiful binocular targets.

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