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Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
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Quote:I was very perplexed myself as to why I couldn't find it in my 8".
Quote:I was even able to track down NGC 2419 a few years back in the same conditions.
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Crazy ATM 6" F9.4 Newtonian first light July 2011 8" F/5.6 Dob, first light June 2003 12.5" F/5 Dob, first light Aug 2007, as well as 9- 4" f/6 mirrors. In progress:12" f/7 on quartz, 18" F/5 on BVC, and a set of 3-8" optical flats All optics by yours truly.
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Quote: is a Herschel 2 list object
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Quote: Quote: is a Herschel 2 list object Really? I thought I recalled it being a H400 object. It's surely not THAT more difficult than so many H400 objects. Actually, there are several H400 objects that I've found to be considerably harder. Then again, the H400 was never meant to be a list of the 400 easiest Herschel objects. Anyway, NGC 5053 is on my personal list of interesting objects that I visit every now and then, just to see if I can see them (mostly with the Zeiss Telemator). Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
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Quote:Hi Roy,I've seen NGC 5053 through my 10" f/4.8 Dob. This was at a yellow zone site on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 5053 is about a degree se of M53. They can both be seen in the same field at low power. 5053 is pretty faint and large, has low surface brightness. It is a H400 II object and is also on Don Pensack's list of Best DSO.Mike
Quote:Yellow? Well, the best we can do in Harford County is orange, thanks to I-95 and six dozen car dealers. The good news is: I'm moving to New Mexico in July.
Quote:NGC-5053 is easy compared to NGC-7492 in Aquarius. That one was a very dim, featureless blob through my 10-inch.
Quote:Quote:I was very perplexed myself as to why I couldn't find it in my 8".Light pollution.NGC 5053 isn't as tough as (say) Barnard's Galaxy (NGC 6822), much less a seriously low-surface brightness galaxy like IC 1613. But it's orders of magnitude harder than your average NGC galaxy.Quote:I was even able to track down NGC 2419 a few years back in the same conditions.NGC 2419 is not especially challenging. I recorded it as "an obvious fuzzy patch with averted vision" through my 7-inch Dob at my astronomy club's suburban observing field, roughly magnitude 20.0 per square arcsecond. I have several times tried and failed to find NGC 5053 through the same instrument at the same site.But it shouldn't be hard at magnitude 21.0 per square arcsecond. That's nowhere near truly dark, but it's pretty different from any normal suburb.
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