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#1 PeterDob

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:18 AM

It's easy to believe that smaller telescopes are better on open clusters than the big guns because with a minimum mag of, let's say 85x, it's easy to see "through" the clusters. Whereas in a small scope you can enjoy them much better and still have a lovely background.

However, there are a lot of open clusters for which some aperture is definitely required, such as this beauty in MON. Its general mag is 8,4 but the majority of the stars range from mag. 10 to 14. Definitely big boy's stuff. Conditions were pretty horrible because although the sky was perfect, there was a lot of humidity in the air left from the rain of the last couple of days (until yesterday afternoon!). Luckily I had my microfibre cloth at hand to wipe the eyepieces when they got too fogged up during the hours I spent behind them. I went in cold to the bone but incredibly happy with the result. I hope you are too.

My best wishes for 2014 to all of you!!! :yay:

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#2 kenrenard

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:23 AM

Peter,
This sketch shows some very delicate detail. The more I look the more I see. Great work.


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:57 AM

I went in cold to the bone but incredibly happy with the result. I hope you are too.

I can reply a great YES ;)

#4 Tamas Bognar

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:58 AM

Peter ,

I really like your drawings. We can draw what you see in person. As the field of view is. Every drawing is balanced and harmonious. This is art!

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#5 PeterDob

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:39 AM

Oh, you're all too kind... :D Thank you so much Ken, Jef and Tamás and my very best wishes and lots of beautiful skies for 2014!!! :bow:

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

Peter your drawings are so realistic - well done.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:02 PM

Peter,

Nice sketch of NGC 2324 :),

CS,KLU.

:thanx:,

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:20 PM

Yea, those look like really dim stars. This one looks like it took a lot of patients. You brought them together nicely, Peter. I wish I still had my 18" Dob.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:37 PM

Again, great work Peter. I like the small refractor for the larger open clusters like the Christmas Tree and the Pleidies, but I much prefer my 8" for those terrific smaller OCs. The C6 is great here too.

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#10 PeterDob

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:53 AM

Many thanks David, Tom, Norme and Pete!

@Norme: You got rid of an 18" Dob??? Oh dear... that must've been terrible... :(

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:23 AM

Peter, both NGC sketches are really works of art. I especially like the inclusion of the yellow/red sun in this one. :waytogo:

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:28 AM

Such a great representation of this ghostlike cluster. Superb sketch, Peter.






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