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NGC7293 as troll doll and snot ball, new terms to Grrrr over

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#1 havasman

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:04 PM

So @ 2am last night in very good conditions, I took up a search for my 1st view of the Helix Nebula. Very easily found in a 123 arc' TFOV, it seemed a bit dim and lifeless and I chalked that up to the big 6.4mm exit pupil exceeding the beneficial size for my 63 year old eyes. Moving the O-III to the SWAN's more friendly 5.3mm exit pupil, I got that THERE it is moment seeing filigreed detail at the interior and edges of an impressive, very extended patch of nebulosity. Enjoying the view a lot, I thought of the hair of my little sister's troll doll many years ago and the image stuck and brought a smile. Troll Doll Hair Nebula? Prob'ly never catch on. Ignoring the received wisdom about viewing the object, I increased power but only to 67x. That failed, providing a view I mentally noted as resembling a snot ball in space. So what to do but increase power again, this time to 133x? Man, that really killed the view. Now the fine object of a few minutes ago lost all integrity and resembled nothing more than lithium grease smeared on a pane of glass.

What can I say? It was late.

So with no disrespect to a fine celestial object, I offer new fodder to the terminology haters amongst us. Happy shooting! And good seeing to us all.


Edited by havasman, 22 August 2014 - 04:19 PM.

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#2 rnc39560

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:25 PM

Lol!


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#3 Ptarmigan

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:57 AM

I have called M27 or Dumbbell Nebula, the Apple Core Nebula because it reminds me of an eaten apple.  :lol:

 

There is also NGC 457 and it is often called Owl Cluster, Kachina Doll Cluster, or ET Cluster. I have called it Gumby Cluster or Wall-E Cluster.  :lol:


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#4 amicus sidera

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 02:59 PM

Always nice to see the forum maintaining a high level of discourse. 

 

:ohgeeze: 


Edited by amicus sidera, 25 August 2014 - 04:31 PM.


#5 jethro

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 03:57 PM

I think 'snot ball' has a nice ring to it.

ahew...



#6 csrlice12

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 04:15 PM

When Vega goes Nova, what Chevy will we name the resultant nebula? :flowerred:



#7 desertstars

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:41 AM

I think 'snot ball' has a nice ring to it.

ahew...

Gesundheit!

 

Here's a box of Kleenex...



#8 jethro

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:03 AM

Gracias...

I sneezed so hard, I couldn't spell it correctly.



#9 flyingcougar

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 08:52 PM

When Vega goes Nova, what Chevy will we name the resultant nebula? :flowerred:

 

That would be a Blazer! :D



#10 Love Cowboy

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 11:42 AM

I viewed the Helix with my 16" on Saturday, and you know what?  You're right, it does look like a big ball of snot


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