You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Quote:I remember posts a few years back that were wondering how Messier had missed this wonderful elongated galaxy inside Sculptor. ..... it's still high enough for me (I'm @ 37 degrees) to get a good view of it.
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Fact: I like reflectors and big ones. All the refractors I own are either finderscopes, binoculars, or riflescopes.
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Leupold 10x42 & Pentax 16x60 binos.
Quote:Messier observed mostly from Paris [France] some 21 deg further north than you.
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Last but not least, telescopes.
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Quote:Hi,I am at 34.6 deg S and get NGC 253 passing right overhead at this time of year. I also have the luxury of high quality skies (Bortle 1). I have observed it in scopes up to 30" in aperture but have spent a lot of time on it in my 18" Obsession. It is an outstanding target. IMO one of the very best in the sky and one of my favourite galaxies along with M31, M33, M51 and M83. The LMC and SMC are of course in a league of their own.Cheers,
Quote:Just want to amend my first post in that NGC253 looks to extend beyond the 1/2 degree FOV through my 32mm (<100mag.). That's impressive!
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Quote:Don, I looked for NGC247 a couple nights ago and never could spot it.....or so I thought! I was seeing something nebulous and big in that area but just didn't put it all together
Quote:There are a lot of these huge, bright, southern galaxies we in the north seldom view, yet are all visible at mid-northern latitudes., nebulae. They have a hard time with M81/82, M57, M13.
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Quote:I go by the "planisphere" types, where 40-50N is considered "mid-northern" latitudes.