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Binocular Universe: The Hare and the Dove

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

Binocular Universe: The Hare and the Dove

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:39 PM

Nice article Phil. Here at 51°N there are years I don't see Lepus. I did manage to track down M79 once or twice over the years on nights of exceptional clarity.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:05 AM

Thanks, Marks. Seeing M79 from your latitude is no mean feat. With binoculars or a telescope?

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

To be honest I can't remember... Luckily, google has better memory! Here's my report from the first time I saw M79: link.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:25 AM

This jumped out from the text:

Lastly, we find M79, Messier's only winter globular cluster. Pierre Méchain was first to spot this 8th-magnitude object in October 1845.


M79 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780.

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:10 AM

:o Thanks, Jake. Must have accidentally copied the year that Hind recorded his "Crimson Star" from the previous paragraph. Correction will be posted ASAP.


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