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Re: How deep have you gone? new [Re: Bill Weir]
      #5812005 - 04/20/13 10:47 PM

I've seen 21+ mag. using the Collins I3 in my 30" Obsession. Dave Kriege and I were just laughing at how many "rice krispie" galaxies we were seeing. Uncountable....

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Re: How deep have you gone? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5813601 - 04/21/13 05:38 PM



...But isn't this really just an academic exercise? I've never understood the 'thrill' of detecting a featureless smudgy dot of a distant galaxy, which is just one of thousands like it (in apparent brightness, morphology and size.) Unless it's about bragging rights.

Not to mention the bias shifts toward ellipticals at great distances because they are typically the largest and brightest galaxies. If I'm looking at a galaxy at 500mly, I can almost guarantee it's an elliptical. ...

If I am looking at a _randomly chosen_ galaxy at 500 Mly, I can almost guarantee I am the first human to see it visually. Thrilling enough?

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Re: How deep have you gone? new [Re: IVM]
      #5814388 - 04/21/13 11:15 PM

I don't have the experiance that most of you do but I know that I get the same feeling looking at m31 or m13 or even m51 as ya'll do looking at faint fuzzies. I never thought that I would see the things that I have in the last year. I know what it's like to look out the window at the surface of the moon. I wouldn't trade any of it! I may not be the FIRST to see it visually but I don't know anyone outside of CN that has.

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