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Quote:NGC-7331 is what you probably saw as it's mag. 9.4. The brightest galaxy next to it is NGC-7335 which is mag. 14.4 and I seriously doubt if you saw it with a 10" from an orange zone. It lies next to the middle of 7331 and just to the side of the core. Stephan's quintet is off to the side a good ways. In an 82 degree field eyepiece at 102X, it would be in the same field near the edge. The brightest galaxies in the group are NGC-7319 at mag. 13.1 and NGC-7320 at mag. 13.2. From your description, it's hard to tell what you were describing. In an orange zone with a 10", seeing anything even at mag. 13 or fainter is challenging unless the surface brightness is concentrated and those galaxies, though small, I don't think are all that concentrated. I'd try again and just center NGC-7331 and use it as a starting point and swing around it until you find a fuzzy blotch. That will be the quintet. However, from your location, I doubt if you'll see much if even that.Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Quote:LivingNDixieThat was probably Cathedral Gorge. We still go there twice a year. A great site.
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Quote:I recently got back into the hobby myself after a long hiatus. Went to Cathedral Gorge with LVAS this past September, if I recall. Set up right next to Feidb. Yes, a great site. Can't wait to go there again. The next LVAS deep sky observations were in Death Valley at Furnace Creek. One of the members of the LVAS has a 24" Obsession. I happened to go take a peek while he was looking at Stephan's. It looked very close to the pictures in his atlas. Great view. Next opportunity I want to see what I can get out of my 10" dob, if anything.
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Quote: I am trying with a 16 inch f4.5 Dob from just on the fringe of a yellow to green zone.jake
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