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mathteacher
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Sketching M37...NOT!
      #3611955 - 02/08/10 01:56 AM

I had a thought about sketching M37. I found it at 28x in my 100mm refractor. It looked like a loose glob. Then I cranked the power to 120x and WOW, stars were everywhere. I must have had great transparency tonight because M37 never looked this good. I did not know where to start. There were star chains going every which way. Okay, maybe not that impossible but I was overwhelmed. Using my altaz mount at 120x gave me very little time to divide the object into manageable parts. When I backed off to 60x, I had lost a significant number of dimmer stars and the view was less impressive. I think I needed to attempt my first DSO sketch with something less grand. I give everyone lots of respect for your DSO renderings.

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S1mas
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Re: Sketching M37...NOT! new [Re: mathteacher]
      #3612012 - 02/08/10 03:22 AM

Hehe, I recognize that feeling somehow

Same I had with M37 - but got it from like third attempt. Tried M46 to begin twice... NO luck yet
Anyway, for complex objects like M37, M46, or globulars I need an quite big inspiration wave to start. If there is not enough of that feeling, Im going for easier objects.
Just dont push yourself much


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Re: Sketching M37...NOT! new [Re: S1mas]
      #3612311 - 02/08/10 09:51 AM

Mathteacher,

Try NGC 2169 in Orion. Not a lot of stars but a small and pretty open cluster. It is mid way and below Xi Orionis and Nu Orionis.


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mathteacher
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Re: Sketching M37...NOT! new [Re: JayinUT]
      #3612380 - 02/08/10 10:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, Jay. That is the "37" cluster. I've been able to observe it in the city.

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