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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

Binocular Universe: A Few Hairy Objects

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:35 PM

That was a rich one, Phil. I enjoyed it immensely.

I'll have to wait until these treats are to the west in my urban sky.

My notes show that I look at M53, M64 and so on around May. Last year, I did a :foreheadslap: when I saw M85 for the first time. I could have done it years ago! Nearby double star 24 Comae is worth a visit — a pleasant K0/A7 pair (19.9" separation).

I can see the "kite" asterism near M99 via my planetarium programs. I'll certainly try to catch it for real.

For at least the past four years, that bunch of stars southwest of M64 is integral to my star hop from M53. No name, eh? Just another cryptic celestial rune.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:19 AM

Thanks, Todd. No, I can't imagine any recognizable pattern to that asterism near M64, but then, my imagination may not be as keen as yours or someone else's. Take a look and see what you see! :question:

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:50 AM

I had a good night with my Brunton Eterna 15x51. I really wanted to check out 16 Comae. At first I was getting antsy, but averted vision kicked in like a reflex and that triangle of faint stars around 16 Comae switched on. Yes, indeed that's a nifty little detail in the Coma Berenices Star Cluster.

For the umpteenth time, I looked at that darn asterism when moving from M53 to M64. Yeah, I do weird star hops — scenic route. That asterism? Defiantly inexpressible. Downright ineffable. But I'm glad it's there.






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