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#1 alexvh

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:39 AM

Hey guys!

 

I'd be really thankful if you could list some of the best DSOs, preferably galaxies that show structure that I can see from the southern hemisphere in the coming few months?

I will be using an 18" Dob...

Many thanks!



#2 IVM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

Galaxies NGC 55, 247, 253, 300, and 1097 come to mind.


Edited by IVM, 06 August 2014 - 09:52 AM.


#3 havasman

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Though I can offer no real help with your question, I will post to it only to express my envy of what is universally said to be the best hemisphere for deep sky objects, especially with a big scope like yours. 

A friend of mine recently returned from a year in New Zealand and she loved the skies, particularly having 2 naked eye galaxies. That may be a place to start.

Good seeing to us all!



#4 Astrojensen

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:18 PM

We also have two naked eye galaxies in the northern sky. Okay, so one's pretty darn faint, but it's there.  ;)

 

 

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#5 dragonstar4565

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:41 PM

Well their are lots of galaxies that will show structure, how about NGC 5128 in Centaurus, M83 in Hydra, NGC 4945 in Centaurus, NGC 6752 in Pavo, NGC 3109 in Hydra, NGC, 4039 NGC 4038 or the Ring Tail galaxy in Corvus. These are just some of the myriad of galaxies that will show some detail from the Southern Hemisphere...clear skies always



#6 Philler

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:28 PM

Hey guys!

 

I'd be really thankful if you could list some of the best DSOs, preferably galaxies that show structure that I can see from the southern hemisphere in the coming few months?

I will be using an 18" Dob...

Many thanks!

 

You should be able to see lots of detail in many DSOs with an 18" 

Form your southerly latitude, assuming you have reasonably dark sies, you should have a plenty of detail to see in galaxies for late night August and September, and Oct through Dec earlier in the evening.  Grus, Sculptor, and especially Cetus and Fornax have the most galaxies, but don't overlook the other late summer and fall constellations for galaxies.

 

Even though I live at 38 deg. N in the middle of the USA,  I have had good viewing of the Fornax cluster galaxies, and galaxies in Eridanus and Sculptor along with plenty in Cetus. 

 

I could recommend some  like NGC 1365 and NGC 1097 in Fornax,  NGC 1300 in Eri. and NGC 55, 300, and 253 in Sculptor as pretty sure bets, but I think the best recommendation I can give you is to go to deepskywatch.com  There you will get plenty of information like surface brightness and descriptions of details in galaxies and other DSOs from observations of other observers along with lots of other good information.


Edited by Philler, 06 August 2014 - 07:44 PM.


#7 Astro88

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

You might also want to post this question on the IceInSpace forums (http://www.iceinspace.com.au).  They are based in Australia, and the majority of their users are in the southern hemisphere.








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