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#1 FeedTheNeed

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:22 PM

Hey guys,

A friend is coming over for some viewing at around 8 or 9 p.m. tonight. When I first mentioned that I "do astronomy", he immediately asked if he could observe with me sometime, so I know he has some level of interest. I'm thinking we should go for Jupiter,the moon, M42, Double cluster, andromeda, and a couple other open clusters in Cassiopeia and Auriga. Anything to add? :question:

Thanks and clear skies.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:35 PM

venus is always nice

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:31 PM

Venus is now past inferior conjunction and won't be visible.

M35, M41, M44, M45, M47, NGC 2169, and NGC 2362 are some other open clusters that you may want to add.

NGC 2392 and NGC 7662 are two planetary nebulae that should be good targets.

You might want to include some binary and carbon stars such as Almach and R Leporis.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:28 PM

Most people love M45, the Pleiades through a low power eyepiece, especially since they can see it naked eye and then compare the telescopic view.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 12:21 PM

Show your friends besides the views in a telescope also M31 + M35+ M44+ M45 with binoculairs...

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:49 AM

The moon will basically spoil any DSO's, so I'd say give Jupiter a good look.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:54 PM

The moon will basically spoil any DSO's, so I'd say give Jupiter a good look.


M42 ought to sort of hang in there. Not an ideal time of the month, but worth a look. Definitely Jupiter and the moon.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:42 PM


So how went the visit? Was he an astronomy guy like us?

The moon at 500 power through an ND-25 moon filter coupled with a #15 and a #80A filter keeps me occupied for hours.

Waiting for Io to eclipse Jupiter is always a nice conversation piece.






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