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JasonBurry
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5974122 - 07/16/13 01:11 PM

One of my favourites has long been the Little Gem PN, near Barnards' galaxy. Tiny and intensely blue-green, with a brighter perimeter and somewhat darker centre. Always low in the sky from my 45N site, it teases with barely discernable detail, hints of uneven brightness in the "ring". NGC6818

J


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Tony Flanders
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: David Knisely]
      #5974217 - 07/16/13 01:53 PM

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IC 1613 is more over-rated than underrated.




I don't entirely agree with that; an object's worthiness doesn't necessarily depend on whether it's easy or hard to see and/or observe. IC 1613 is a very important galaxy, and well worth observing. Just don't have any delusions that it's going to be easy.


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Dave MitskyModerator
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5974459 - 07/16/13 03:57 PM

M55 is a rather impressive globular cluster, especially when viewed from southern latitudes, and the spiral galaxy M99 is quite nice when seen through large apertures.

Dave Mitsky


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ggalilei
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #5974603 - 07/16/13 04:55 PM

I had noticed "Stock 2" several times by accident while observing around the double cluster; I enjoyed the view but didn't know it had a name; thanks for pointing it out (although I think it deserves a prettier name)!
My outside vote goes to Markarian 421, just a dot of light, but easy to find and see, and you're collecting photons from 450 million LY away. It's also fun to see how it varies in brightness every few months between 12.3 and 13.1 or so.


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uniondrone
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: ggalilei]
      #5974713 - 07/16/13 05:58 PM

I have always thought that NGC 7008, also known as the Fetus Nebula, is quite underrated.

Also, I really like NGC 7510, which is a surprisingly attractive little open cluster in Cepheus, and I think it deserves more attention.


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David Knisely
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: uniondrone]
      #5975002 - 07/16/13 08:53 PM

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I have always thought that NGC 7008, also known as the Fetus Nebula, is quite underrated.

Also, I really like NGC 7510, which is a surprisingly attractive little open cluster in Cepheus, deserves more attention.




Yes, NGC 7510 is quite pretty. I have nick-named it "the Wedge Cluster". It is within a couple of degrees of several interesting nebulae like the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), the "Fingers" (Sh2-157), and NGC 7538. Clear skies to you.


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Nick Anderson
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Reged: 04/21/13

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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5975056 - 07/16/13 09:30 PM

Some that come to mind: NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula) with B168, and M 2-9 (Minkowski's Butterfly). All very impressive targets!

-Nick Anderson


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Tony Flanders
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5975500 - 07/17/13 06:47 AM

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M55 is a rather impressive globular cluster, especially when viewed from southern latitudes.




Yes, M55 is a mighty fine globular that's underestimated by northerners because it's usually seen very low in the sky, and rarely mentioned by southerners because it's overshadowed by the two southern titans, Omega Cen and 47 Tuc.

The truly great far-southern globs NGC 6752 in Pavo and NGC 6397 in Ara also suffer from comparison with Omega Cen and 47 Tuc.

Among galaxies, M83 is another DSO that's visible to most northerners, but low enough so that few northerners appreciate just how magnificent it really is. It rivals M51 among great spiral galaxies.


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John_G
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: uniondrone]
      #5975513 - 07/17/13 07:07 AM

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I have always thought that NGC 7008, also known as the Fetus Nebula, is quite underrated.




I saw this planetary just recently with my 200mm. It's one of the one's that had me wishing for an 18" Dob.


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David Knisely
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: Nick Anderson]
      #5976010 - 07/17/13 01:32 PM

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Some that come to mind: NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula) with B168, and M 2-9 (Minkowski's Butterfly). All very impressive targets!

-Nick Anderson




Impressive? Maybe astrophysically or via imaging (or some in rather large apertures), but visually, some of these are less than impressive. The Bubble is particularly unimpressive, as you can't really see the entirely of its bubble-like form except when imaging is used. The Iris Nebula might belong in that class, but even then, it isn't exactly a showpiece although it is one of the better diffuse reflection nebulae. Clear skies to you.


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galaxyman
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: uniondrone]
      #5977733 - 07/18/13 11:34 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

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I have always thought that NGC 7008, also known as the Fetus Nebula, is quite underrated.

Also, I really like NGC 7510, which is a surprisingly attractive little open cluster in Cepheus, and I think it deserves more attention.




Yes, Ngc 7008 (Tourmaline nebula…see image below) is one of my favorite planetary nebulas in the sky with the 22" dob. It's actually quite impressive in the 8" refractor.

Other DSO's that I feel are underrated would be:

Open Cluster - Ngc 2362 (looks like a bunch of moths flying around a bright light)
Glob - M-56 (sits in a wonderful rich FOV, and stars in the glob resolved in very modest size scopes)
Galaxy - Many of them out there, so lets go with Ngc 4088. In a larger scope, It's one cool galaxy (yes, a future GL video object)



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ThreeD
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: galaxyman]
      #5978140 - 07/18/13 03:25 PM

NGC4656

It's not like it's a big bright object that is overlooked but it is unusual enough that I'm surprised it doesn't get mentioned more. I observed it a little more than two years ago and I definitely need to make sure I visit it next year. Hmmm... I think I might give it a bit of time in a few weeks even though it will be only be at about 30 degrees and slipping away at the end of twilight.


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KidOrion
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5978678 - 07/18/13 09:03 PM

NGC 2362 in Canis Major. The double star h3945 just north of it is the most underrated double in the sky, too.

Edited by KidOrion (07/18/13 09:09 PM)


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Fuzzyguy
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Reged: 12/21/11

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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5982203 - 07/20/13 11:38 PM

I don't know how underrated it is, but I like MEL 111 in Coma Berenices. I can see it naked eye from my fairly dark backyard, but in my 15X70 binoculars, it reminds me of a mosquito looking head on at me. Maybe it's appropriate though, cause the time of year it starts clearing my trees in the evening, is usually the start of mosquito season!

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blb
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: Fuzzyguy]
      #5982694 - 07/21/13 10:19 AM

I almost never hear anyone talk about IC4665, an open cluster in Ophiuchus. It is one of my favorite binocular targets because it is bright and resolves into stars with my 10x50's. This cluster is to large for the field-of-view of all but wide field telescopes or binoculars.

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GlennLeDrew
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: blb]
      #5982830 - 07/21/13 11:33 AM

Buddy,
IC4665 would seem to be evidence of the miniscule FOVs employed by the Herschels that this oh-so-obvious cluster would be overlooked. This is a seasonal favourite of mine, to be enjoyed every summer through my binos. And add to it the nearby wide pair of clusters NGC 6633 and IC 4756 (the latter being another missed cluster in the vein of IC 4665.) All three are naked eye fuzzies under dark skies.


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blb
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5982909 - 07/21/13 12:12 PM

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All three are naked eye fuzzies under dark skies.



Yep! I agree. Whenever this portion of the sky is visible, It is binocular seasion, much like spring is like galaxy seasion is for telescopes.


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davebuechler
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: blb]
      #5997415 - 07/29/13 10:31 PM

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Some objects can be "under-rated" when they are situated too close to a really spectacular object that simply overwhelms them!




M92 is a beauty and frequently overshadowed by M13. I will vote for this easy target.


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azure1961p
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: davebuechler]
      #5997430 - 07/29/13 10:40 PM

I like 92s more intense core.

Pete


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wags1
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Re: Most under-rated DSO? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5999276 - 07/30/13 11:18 PM

I was bouncing between M92 and M13 last night for about an hour or so. M92 gets my vote!

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