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Dennis_S253
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What are your favorite objects and why?
      #5568455 - 12/12/12 11:25 PM

I like globular clusters and galaxy's. I like finding that faint fuzzy. Even though, I still like going through the Messier 110 list also.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5568547 - 12/13/12 01:03 AM

The longer in the hobby the more I like to push the limits of the scope I'm using and to really see what the scope and my eyes can reveal. In terms of objects, galaxies, nebula, planetary nebula are probably my favorite, though I won't rule anything out. Right now I can't buy a clear new moon period.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5568820 - 12/13/12 08:39 AM

Hard to ID a specific favorite, but I am especially drawn to double stars. Also the occasional visible supernova.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5568842 - 12/13/12 09:03 AM

I really like multi-galaxy fields. All of them, from easy ones like the three in Leo and M81/M82, to fainter ones like the Fornax Cluster and Stephen's Quintet.

Somehow seeing more than one galaxy in the same field really makes it easy for me to visualize the scope of what I'm looking at, the awesome sizes and distances involved.

Edited by tigerroach (12/13/12 09:04 AM)


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5568919 - 12/13/12 10:10 AM

I love them all, but I have a special soft spot for open clusters. Part of the reason, I think, is that I started off with small scopes, and open clusters are often the best targets for such instruments. Also, open clusters are overwhelmingly varied.

All categories of DSOs are hugely varied, but for me globular clusters are at the opposite extreme; there's a certain sameness to all of them. Almost as though they can be described by a half dozen numbers: size, brightness, degree of concentration, number of stars resolved, and so on.

Planetary nebulas are also wildly varied, but they tend to demand more in terms of equipment and sky conditions than open clusters do.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5569221 - 12/13/12 01:01 PM

I guess that's why they put the different objects in the sky. Everyone's tastes are different. Double stars hold very little allure for me, and while I'd like to do more planetary stuff, I don't have the seeing for it, nor the budget for the nice big APO that would provide the great views. I also don't have the dark enough skies (or time to drive to darker sites) for most nebulae, though I would like to do more there.

I agree with Tony that globulars are all pretty similar, but oddly enough, I like them better than most other objects. I think it's the quantity of stars in each that helps me remember my tiny spot in the universe. Galaxies do the same for me.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5569231 - 12/13/12 01:05 PM

My favorites change all the time. Current favorite is the Moon, I can actually see details and I'm using Charles Woods book "The Modern Moon" to point out and explain details. Current second place is Jupiter. Likely next favorites are Saturn and Mars when they are in the right time and place. Previously top of the list where large Galaxies (M55, 101, 82, 81 etc.) when I could get them in the Mallincam for some great views. Nebulas & Mallincam same thing. I'm easy.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5569299 - 12/13/12 01:40 PM

Quote:

Current favorite is the Moon, I can actually see details and I'm using Charles Woods book "The Modern Moon" to point out and explain details.




A lot of the more seasoned observers overlook the moon. The moon is truly fantastic. The first time I saw a rille with its edge perfectly highlighted by shadow, it was amazing!

As for my favorite object type... it's hard to say. It used to be open clusters, but galaxies have been an increasing fascination of late.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: uniondrone]
      #5569451 - 12/13/12 03:16 PM

Deep sky for me. The fainter the fuzzy, the more I'm intrigued. Sure I like the brighter ones also, especially ones I haven't seen before, ones that surprise me. I've seen all the tourist objects hundreds if not thousands of times. I never quite get tired of seeing them, quite...

As for the planets, Uranus is my all time favorite. Green, on it's side, mysterious.

As for the moon, most of the time it's that annoying bright rock that gets in the way. It's that "outreach" object I show more often than not. However, once in a while, even it surprises me with some feature I either haven't seen before or in a long time. If it's the only thing up there, it's better than nothing but I'd rather be looking at something else. Sorry, moon lovers!

Individual stars or doubles or asterisms aren't really my thing except the occasional carbon star or something such as the Virgo Diamond.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Feidb]
      #5569511 - 12/13/12 04:04 PM

Up to this point in my observing 'career'--open clusters. I love 'em. Quite rewarding for my size scopes and the quality of skies I usually observe in. Nebulas, second, even though I usually stick to the showpieces and third, double stars. I have only recently started getting into those. This spring I hope to go for some galaxies, just haven't seen enough to put 'em up there.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5569519 - 12/13/12 04:11 PM

My viewing is entirely dictated by logistics. I can't seem to get skies still enough for more than 75x, or dark enough for galaxies or diffuse nebulae, or unobstructed enough for anything but a little slice of the eastern sky.

So this season, my favorite objects are open clusters and doubles. *sigh* The mess around Mirphak in Perseus is actually one of my favorites (I think it's comparable to Hyades), though it requires binoculars to really get a wide enough view. M35 is probably my favorite little open cluster for the last month or so.

But overall, I'm looking forward to some nice still days in summer when I can get back into globulars (like around Sagittarius)! There is nothing like going from 30x "that's a fuzzy alright" to 150x "I can see stars!!" It's like splitting a hundred doubles at once.

And I think M57 (ring nebula) may still be my favorite object of all time, because it is just so precisely and obviously a neat little ring (also my first DSO). But my lust for nebulas has been somewhat dampened by the dramatic oversupply of M42 this season.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5569605 - 12/13/12 05:18 PM

I can't pick a favorite 'group' of objects As with my children, I love'm all. But you didn't ask that so as far as objccts 'within' that group, I would never be able to make up my mind on that either

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: wky46]
      #5569678 - 12/13/12 06:04 PM

Favorite object? Easy question. Galaxies. Why?

Every time I look at a galaxy I'm confident that someone's looking back at me.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: SpaceOtter]
      #5569726 - 12/13/12 06:32 PM

Quickly becoming asteroids and comets! Love the hunt week after week.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Danzup77]
      #5569905 - 12/13/12 08:32 PM

Wow, some really good answers. There is so much to view.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5569997 - 12/13/12 09:36 PM

Pretty much the moon. Always loved it, and now that I've started doing some of the observing programs I'm starting to learn my way around. Orion is an old friend, as is Jupiter. Don't have the patience or the cold tolerance to do the fuzzies. Usually don't have the time as well.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Staredge]
      #5570124 - 12/13/12 11:04 PM

Really good comets with visible structure and a changes from night to night. Hyakutake, Hale-Bopp, Holmes.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5570142 - 12/13/12 11:14 PM

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All categories of DSOs are hugely varied, but for me globular clusters are at the opposite extreme; there's a certain sameness to all of them. Almost as though they can be described by a half dozen numbers: size, brightness, degree of concentration, number of stars resolved, and so on.




There are certainly many globulars that seem to be stamped with the same cookie cutter but there are some with real personalities. M30 is definitely unique, M10 and M12 have personality, M4...

Myself, I like anything and everything. In enjoy viewing the planets, make my round of double stars most every night. I like all sorts of DSOs, big, small, faint, bright... I enjoy just looking at star fields.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? *DELETED* new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5570409 - 12/14/12 07:28 AM



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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5570411 - 12/14/12 07:31 AM

there are so many favorites, but
#1-M45 -- just a friend over my shoulder naked eye, diamonds on black velvet in binouclars
#2 Omega Centauri -- all those stars

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5572858 - 12/15/12 04:53 PM

1) Planets, 2) the Moon, 3) globulars, 4) double stars, 5) open clusters, 6) galaxies.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5572951 - 12/15/12 06:09 PM

The Moon and planets, double stars, and brighter DSOs. I used to enjoy chasing faint fuzzies, but the LP around here doesn't really allow that anymore. When younger, I could get out from under the encroaching lights by heading east into the grasslands, or west into the mountains, but my creaky knees and back pretty much keep me in my backyard these days.

For most of this past year, I've been observing the undersides of clouds.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: FeynmanFan]
      #5573427 - 12/15/12 11:35 PM

The Veil, M13, M42 among others. My favorite challenge object is Stephan's Quintet. I made a trip to my dark sky site tonight to observe it for the 8th consecutive month. Just barely caught a glimpse of it through the thin clouds that moved in. Will try to get back up there in January if the road is still passable.
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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: bherv]
      #5573463 - 12/16/12 12:15 AM

Even though the night wasn't very good tonight as far as seeing goes, I spent some time with M45, M34, Jupiter, the ET cluster, M38, M36, M37 and had to end at M35 as the fog was rolling in. Sometimes you take what you get. Clear skies...

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5573914 - 12/16/12 10:43 AM

Since I'm still new (first big scope in June, seeing terrible in AZ in the summer) I'm still working on the planets. Saturn (but was still fuzzy in the bad seeing), Jupiter and its moons (moon shadows are fascinating) and Uranus and Neptune.

M42 is always a treat.

But my favorite catch was comet 168P. It was small, it was dim, but it was the first comet I've ever seen! Still hungry for more. Will have to track down!


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Kevdog]
      #5573959 - 12/16/12 11:09 AM

I enjoy stuff that's a challenge to find. The longer it takes me to find an object the more time I typically spend with it and enjoy. That being said, nothing beats taking a blind stab at where you think something is and it being dead center in the eyepiece!

Also a big fan of objects that are close to each other but very different, makes for a really cool perspective. For example the other night I found NGC1907 right outside the FOV of M38. Quite a contrast between a large open cluster that takes up the entire eyepiece with a faint fuzzy one so close by.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5574386 - 12/16/12 03:50 PM

Interesting posts. I exclusively star hop. Over the last few years I look at fewer objects each session spending more time with each. Most of the time I look at only 5 to ten objects each night. If I have extra time I may use it to find alternative star hop paths thereby learning the sky more. In my experience the joy of astronomy is often times the journey. The object of the journey can often times be very disappointing to observe.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Fender]
      #5575082 - 12/17/12 01:14 AM

Sounds like an exam question!

OK, I'll take you up on it:

1. M42. My first "good" look at it was through our club observatory's 7-inch refractor in the late 1970s. It must've been an exceptionally transparent night (God knows it was cold enough!); that image of the nebula with its highly contrasted dust lanes and the crystalline stars of the Trapezium is still indelibly etched in my mind's eye. I stared dumbstruck through that big 2-inch Erfle at it until they nearly had to pull me away from the eyepiece. It was absolutely gorgeous.

2. Castor. Ever since the first time I split this close double, I've been hooked on double stars. Castor is now like an old friend; I return for another visit every chance I can.

3. This one's weird: the Coathanger asterism (aka Brocchi’s Cluster) in Vulpecula, right on its southern border with Sagitta. One warm night in my teens I was lying on the driveway scanning the Milky Way with my Dad's binoculars when I came across this aptly named, but unknown to me until then, asterism. Every time I see it now I'm suddenly 30 years younger, back on the driveway, when everything I saw had me racing indoors to check my star atlas to find out what I'd just "discovered".

So ... did I pass?

Meade

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Meadeball]
      #5575101 - 12/17/12 01:49 AM

My favorites:
In summer, scanning the Milky Way from Sagittarius to Cygnus with binoculars; Albireo, first beautiful double seen through a telescope; the Ring nebula.
In winter, Orion with the naked eye (the whole asterism); the Orion nebula with a scope; the Pleiades and the Double Cluster.
Any time: Jupiter, Saturn, and their amazing moons.
When they arrive: the comets... the best so far, my one and only visit with Halley's comet, and showing it to my then young daughters who may someday see it again.
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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Meadeball]
      #5575239 - 12/17/12 06:39 AM

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Castor. Ever since the first time I split this close double, I've been hooked on double stars. Castor is now like an old friend; I return for another visit every chance I can.




I feel that way about Castor, too. And it's a great confidence-booster. Every time I view it, it's easier to split. The real reason is that the components are getting farther from each other, but I can pretend it's because I'm a better observer.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5577332 - 12/18/12 01:38 PM

I split castor the other night for the first time. Must be the reason. It looked like headlights from a car far away. This was my first try and after some barlowing (if that's a word). Then I thought wow I wonder can a split sirius? My ego was quickly put in check. Maybe someday!!! Even in my 8 inch dob at high power no luck.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5577525 - 12/18/12 04:07 PM

The Messier list . . . except I also like the Double Cluster and a whole bunch of the NGC catalog as well as several of the IC objects, Jupiter and Saturn are right up there too. Come to think of it, it was a thrill to see Neptune in my own scope.

Not a fair question!


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: ensign]
      #5577550 - 12/18/12 04:26 PM

In general, star forming regions. Here we see the interaction of newly minted stars with their natal gas clouds.

More specifically, dark nebulae and their cousins, reflection nebulae. To be sure, emission nebulae are also intimately involved with the dark molecular clouds, but the ghostly quality of starlight reflected and scattered by dust holds special appeal.

The dark clouds are fascinating because they're the stuff from which future stars, planets and astronomers will be made. Their presence defines how far we see into the galactic disk in any particular direction. And they almost exclusively provide the intricate detail to the milky way's visible structure.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5577571 - 12/18/12 04:42 PM

Comets need to be added to my list. Can a favorite be a list?? They are temporary, often change, are different from other comets, are usually hard to find, sometimes just appear or disappear, and probably more. I know I always like to have a Comet on my list of things to look at.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: mich_al]
      #5584263 - 12/22/12 03:17 PM

Nebulae (M42 is best IMHO), Galaxies, Jupiter/Saturn (depending on availibility), double stars, Moon, globs, and anythin' else I can get in my EP! When ISON & PANSTARR comets come by I wanna see what I can see of the nuclei.

Edit: erroneously ID'd M42 as M45 in my original post. Oops!

Edited by Slow Astronomer (12/22/12 11:15 PM)


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Slow Astronomer]
      #5584737 - 12/22/12 09:27 PM

Got to be galaxies. Within that group is my favorite sub-group - edge on or thin galaxies. Those are especially challanging for me. I can't pass up a globular cluster though!

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Old Rookie]
      #5585842 - 12/23/12 03:51 PM

Got to be globulars for me. They kind of look like galactic-sized frozen fireworks!

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: mogur]
      #5586298 - 12/23/12 09:31 PM

shallow sky: The Lady Luna
Deep sky; open clusters

If I had to pick one, the moon with out a doubt.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: droid]
      #5589057 - 12/25/12 11:30 PM

I'm partial to planetary nebula because the larger ones tend to exhibit a certain 3-D quality that I don't see in anything else. I also like the smaller ones as they tend to have more of a stellar quality and can be quite a challenge to pick out of the background stars. I would have to also add Polaris to my list of favorites since I use it everytime I go out for polar alignment, collimation and testing observing conditions. As an added bonus, it's also an attractive double in most scopes.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: kansas skies]
      #5590787 - 12/27/12 07:39 AM

I'm still in awe when I view Saturn or Jupiter but I've only been at this for one year and still have a great deal to see and learn

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: frapps]
      #5595278 - 12/29/12 10:46 PM

Jupiter, Mars, galaxies, and a thin moon. I've hardly scratched the surface of whats within reach of my scope though.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: AB9MS]
      #5595361 - 12/30/12 12:01 AM

saturn is my first the why is kinda funny . The first time I saw it with my own eye in my scope was the morning of The Comeback, an NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers that was played January 3, 1993. Bills came back from being down 32 pionts and winning in overtime.(I'm a bills fan ) Jupiter has to be my next because I was able to observe the impact

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Amallore]
      #5595431 - 12/30/12 12:58 AM

Tough question, but thought provoking.

I guess I don't have a prevailing favorite set. Whatever I'm looking at on a given night is it for me. From the Moon to Carbon Stars, it's all good.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Astrodj]
      #5595438 - 12/30/12 01:07 AM

So much good stuff, but Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and the moon are way up there. But I can't discount nebula, galaxies, and clusters.

I need to get to dark skies!!


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: smasraum]
      #5595444 - 12/30/12 01:16 AM

Saturn, Jupiter, The moon & OC's so far...( still waiting for my first galaxy and M42 with better Ep's than my first view last winter )...and same as Steve..I need to get to dark skies too..!!

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: mtymak]
      #5596288 - 12/30/12 02:44 PM

2 of my favorite targets and moments came 3 months after buying my first scope (Orion XT10 Classic dob). I kept going up and down from my backyard (border white-red zone suburb) to the upstairs part of house to have a quick peak at Stellarium to memorize which route I had to take to star hop all the way to Uranus. It was a Very exciting moment and accomplishment for me as a pure newbie to Astronomy. I loved how that blue dot differentiated from the stars around it. Within a week I had done the same with Neptune. M13 was also a great first time sight as were Saturn, Jupiter and the Ring Nebula!

I can't wait to get another scope, with go to and tracking this time so I spend less time searching (even though I love star hopping, especially with Stellarium in night mode and on a laptop) and more time viewing objects.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5596689 - 12/30/12 06:30 PM

My favorites have typically been double stars and clusters (open and globular). I've enjoyed these since getting interested in astronomy in the 70's...

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5601777 - 01/02/13 07:16 PM

My favorite objects are galaxies especially the local group between Leo and Virgo.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5601941 - 01/02/13 08:49 PM

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My favorites have typically been double stars and clusters (open and globular). I've enjoyed these since getting interested in astronomy in the 70's...


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: panhard]
      #5602108 - 01/02/13 10:54 PM

I forgot to mention globular clusters myself, I love those! Too tough picking favorites!

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: panhard]
      #5602119 - 01/02/13 11:02 PM

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My favorites have typically been double stars and clusters (open and globular). I've enjoyed these since getting interested in astronomy in the 70's...


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5602556 - 01/03/13 08:56 AM

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5602644 - 01/03/13 10:01 AM

That is indeed a wonderful sight, seeing both in the same view! One of my favorites!

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5602788 - 01/03/13 11:34 AM

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I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.



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Also try M52 and the Bubble. Not as spectacular, but a nice observing challenge, and M52 is a good signpost for the Bubble. It's about the same FOV as M81/M82.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Seldom]
      #5602873 - 01/03/13 12:09 PM

Galaxies and globs for me, by far. But you'd think I'd get a bigger scope then...

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: MawkHawk]
      #5604090 - 01/04/13 04:59 AM

Jupiter is at the top of my list right now. I dig everything my scopes can show, but for the moment, I'm into dynamic objects that change frequently.

Conjunctions and random interesting alignments are a strong motivator to go outside. Planets moving through bright open clusters and well known asterisms are great for sketching. Jupiter was a degree or so below Davis' Dog's hind paw on Dec 16, looked pretty cool in a 4 degree field.

I happened to catch an unmanned cargo vessel following ISS late June 2011 while walking our dogs. If memory serves it was Progress M-11M. It's fascinating to think we're hurling these massive objects into NEO, and so few people on the ground notice it. I suppose that's my favourite thing... awareness of what's going on above us.

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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5604378 - 01/04/13 09:30 AM

Quote:

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.




Pretty nice view! Tony


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: Seldom]
      #5604841 - 01/04/13 01:46 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.



1+

Also try M52 and the Bubble. Not as spectacular, but a nice observing challenge, and M52 is a good signpost for the Bubble. It's about the same FOV as M81/M82.




Got me thinking. Has anybody made a list of "views" of multiple objects? Format would include FOV, RA/Dec, object list, and maybe filter recommendation.


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5607842 - 01/06/13 07:40 AM

Globular clusters are MY favorite objects!!!! They are magnificent!!....and fun trying to 'wrap-my-head' around visualizing what one would see if standing on a planet from within it!!!
(NOTE: My primary interests are Lunar and Planetary observing!...but globulars are my best DSO's!).....


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5607845 - 01/06/13 07:43 AM

Quote:

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I finally got a chance to view M81 & M82 in the EP a few nights ago and WOW. It wasn't even a real good seeing night. But, seeing the 2 in the same EP was really nice.




Pretty nice view! Tony




...an amazing and satisfying choice, guys!! I still find it hard to find them....but when I do, that's why it soooo satisfying!!!


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Re: What are your favorite objects and why? new [Re: RobertED]
      #5607859 - 01/06/13 07:55 AM

my most enjoyable time is naked eye viewing of the entire sky

the whole is more than the sum of the parts

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