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cpl43uk
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Auriga M36 and M38
      #3545548 - 01/07/10 01:25 PM Attachment (71 downloads)

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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: cpl43uk]
      #3546966 - 01/08/10 12:18 AM

Chris,

Excellent! These clusters are always worth a look. Very nice sketching.

Frank


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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: cpl43uk]
      #3547788 - 01/08/10 01:06 PM

Fine sketch of this excellent open cluster, Chris. Thank you for sharing the view! How dark are your skies where you observe from?

- Jay
South Florida


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cpl43uk
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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: JayKSC]
      #3548052 - 01/08/10 02:47 PM

Not as much as I would like! However the zenith is good. South is poor. As you can see from my Gallery the galaxies I spot truly are faint fuzzies and with double stars I rarely get to see different colours except for exceptional pairings. I tried to lighten the background of my sketch to be more realistic to the eyepiece view than my previous drawings but could probably do with another notch or two (the background appears lighter on the original image before shrinking for the web)

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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: cpl43uk]
      #3548081 - 01/08/10 03:00 PM

Great sketch Chris. I love looking at open clusters and hate sketching them. Kudos to you.

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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: cpl43uk]
      #3548090 - 01/08/10 03:02 PM

Chris,

Your illustrated sky background is why I asked - it reminds me of how my white zone skies look at low and moderate powers (up to perhaps 100x). How high power do you use when observing more compact targets like globulars, planetary nebulae, and galaxies? I find that if I push my powers to the 125x - 150x range I can get a really dark background sky even when pointing my scope into my southern skies, which are so washed out that they literally glow a grey-white.

(Edit) - Just caught your gallery link and checked. I see you use higher powers on these objects quite often.

- Jay
South Florida

Edited by JayKSC (01/08/10 03:04 PM)


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cpl43uk
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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: JayKSC]
      #3548786 - 01/08/10 09:08 PM

Jay - yes on Clusters I generally use a 25mm eyepiece and then add the fainter stars by using higher mags. For Globulars and Fuzzies I use all I can get!

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Re: Auriga M36 and M38 new [Re: cpl43uk]
      #3548878 - 01/08/10 10:00 PM

Chris,

Many thanks for this elaboration. I used to stick to lower powers with all of my scopes on deep sky targets other than planetary nebulae. Since observing from a city environment, though, I've been bold in using higher powers. I've been impressed with the results and wish I did this sooner in my years of observing!

- Jay
South Florida


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