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Quote:I have been trying to ID members of this cluster for a week or so on and off. My skies are orange with the transparency not being wonderful on any of those nights. I have a 15" dob and the only thing I have bagged for sure is probably 708-which is more of a aggregate than a single target. I think I need to spend more time with the Triatlas charts as using them in the field is kinda of a pain with glasses for reading them and none for observing.I am wondering if these targets are achievable with my equipment and light pollution levels.I feel like my galaxy observing skills are not bad, but maybe this is a whole new level as I have been content nailing Messiers and the 12.5 mag or less NGC's. Thoughts as to attainability of these cluster members or tips for getting there?I am nothing if not persistent, although it is frustrating.
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Quote:I have been using the cluster and those bright stars right at its edge as a jumping off point. The field stars in the TRIatlas charts are tough to see in the dark and then sort out in real time.I am probably seeing some of the members, but seeing has been bad and all the faint stars are looking a little fuzzy-never a good thing.
Quote:I was out at my dark site last night. Man it was cold, windy and seeing was abysmal.My gallon of drinking water froze pretty fast. Thanks for posting the pics-they helped me realize that last night I got the two brightest for sure and I think a third. My magnification has been probably too low I was using an ES 11 82 deg, which in my scope is about x173. I guess I should have been using the 6.7 (x284) probably not getting good enough separation of the members.Still threshold observations.Going to keep at this one for a bit.