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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 01:51 PM

What's Up - NGC 253 in Sculptor

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:21 PM

Nice write up. A favorite of mine along with NGC288 close by. Impressive in any aperture and it keeps on giving the larger the instrument.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 08:48 AM

Nick;

I agree that having lots of aperture certainly helps with NGC 253, there is lots of see here.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the article;
Steve Coe

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:18 PM

One of my favorite galaxies!

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:14 PM

Was looking at it last night from the dark site at Mt. Pinos, CA. Several galaxies below it in Sculptor I'm eager to see, but the lights of Los Angeles make viewing anything below about 25 degrees in the southeast difficult.
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:37 AM

Andy;

I know what the lights of Phoenix look like from 100 miles away, I am certain that LA is the king of light monsters. It is getting tougher to get to any approximation of dark skies.

Take Care;
Steve Coe

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:25 AM

lush41;

You are very welcome. I am always happy to hear from a satisfied "customer".

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:24 PM

Andy;

I know what the lights of Phoenix look like from 100 miles away, I am certain that LA is the king of light monsters. It is getting tougher to get to any approximation of dark skies.

Take Care;
Steve Coe


253 is one of my favs....

Las Vagas has to rival LA for light domes...it can be seen 150 miles away. :p

There is still plenty of pristine skies in central/eastern Nevada. I regularly see SQM readings nudging 22.

The most troubling threat to what's left of western dark skies is fracking....

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=fXaieJrH3tA

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:25 AM

Thanks a lot Steve! I had a chance to observe it during late summer from a "gray" zone site we like to visit in the mountains (really big hills actually) of western Virginia. It was simply stunning in my Z10.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:41 PM

Alan;

As I said in the article, there is so much to see if you can get to a location where it comes 10 or 15 degrees above the horizon.

Lots to see;
Steve Coe

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:27 PM

NGC 253 is an easy object for hand held bino. 30mm and above. The trick is, if you are in most of the US, is to get away from city LP as much as you can. From a good DS loc. (blue) 253 outshines M3l in a 8x50 finder, and really puts on a show at low power in my 10" Dob. A few years back, from Aruba at +12.5 deg., 253 was dazzling in 8x42 binos. I don't know if anyone has ever seen it naked eye? I think it is 6 or 7 mag.?

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:16 AM

Philler;

I have it as Mag 7.2, so just barely naked eye from Australian Outback, let's say. Or one of the observatories in Chile.

Clear skies;
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:01 AM

Steve,
Nice write up and sketches. NGC 253 is high enough here in WV for us to get a decent view. It's a beauty!






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