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The Planetman
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What is your challenge object for this winter...
      #5503786 - 11/04/12 11:35 AM

Right now, mine is the Cone Nebula. Always wanted to see it, but for one reason or another, it never made it on an observing list.
It will this year!

What's your challenge object for the upcoming winter observing season....


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David Knisely
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: The Planetman]
      #5503986 - 11/04/12 02:04 PM

Oh, maybe Gyulbudagian's Nebula (in Cepheus). I haven't see it for a number of years (and it is a variable nebula), so I may have to go back to it with my 14 inch (I first glimpsed it in a 10 inch). I have picked up the Cone a few times before, but other than the challenge of actually seeing it (needs a good narrow-band filter and excellent conditions mostly), it wasn't much of challenge to find. Clear skies to you.

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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: The Planetman]
      #5504011 - 11/04/12 02:22 PM

For me there's a number of Palomar globulars and Abell planetary nebulae I have on my observing list. Above all, I'm going to look for the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy this winter. That one will probably be the most challenging one yet for me given the skies that prevail along the Gulf Coast.

Taras


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bassplayer142
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: Achernar]
      #5504290 - 11/04/12 05:45 PM

Wouldn't mind picking up the horse head in lip skies .

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The Planetman
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: David Knisely]
      #5504321 - 11/04/12 06:11 PM

Actually seeing it is the reason I'm calling it a challenge.
There are several other objects that can fall into the challenge object category.


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kfiscus
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: The Planetman]
      #5504326 - 11/04/12 06:16 PM

Horsehead, never seen it. I haven't bought an H-beta filter yet. 12" scope from green skies.

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tcmzodiac
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5504346 - 11/04/12 06:27 PM

Ditto on the horsehead. Sue French has seen it with a 10"...and Im determined to do so as well!

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The Planetman
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: tcmzodiac]
      #5504576 - 11/04/12 09:12 PM

I've seen it in a 10". And I've seen it using a UHC.
One thing to remember about the Horsehead.....it's bigger than you think!!!


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tcmzodiac
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: The Planetman]
      #5504612 - 11/04/12 09:33 PM

Thanks Ross!

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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: tcmzodiac]
      #5504660 - 11/04/12 09:54 PM

Ahhh winter... Horsehead, you vex me so. Maybe this year!

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Feidb
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: tcmzodiac]
      #5504665 - 11/04/12 09:59 PM

Any more of the Herschel 2500 I can get for starters. All of the upcoming Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge objects, and whatever else comes up. I revisit the Horsehead every year so it's nothing new. The Cone? That would be a good one. Don't remember if I've seen it before.

I can never seem to nail the Witch Head or any part of it either.

If I really thought about it, I could probably come up with quite an expansive list.


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cliff mygatt
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: jgraham]
      #5504667 - 11/04/12 10:01 PM

The horsehead is easy to find but actually seeing it is harder. An H beta filter does help. I have picked it up twice and whenever I have the opportunity I try for it. It needs to be clear transparent skies for sure! Good luck to you all!

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kfiscus
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: Feidb]
      #5504721 - 11/04/12 10:34 PM

Thanks for reminding me about the Witch Head. I'd like to try her, too.

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blb
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5505092 - 11/05/12 08:41 AM

My only view of the Horsehead was with my 4-inch TV-102 refractor from a blue zone in the mountains of western NC. It seems like any light pollution at all kills it here in the southeast. Like so many here my next great challenge would be either the Witch Head or the Cone Nebula. Both are easy to find but very hard to see. Here again I think it has a lot to do with light pollution.

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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: blb]
      #5505099 - 11/05/12 08:51 AM

I curious to see if my 16" pumps enough light through various filters to help overcome my local light pollution (red zone). I've also got a realy nice black towel that I wear like a scarf in the winter. When I look through my eyepiece I pull it up over my head like a cowl. It's a big help in blocking out stray light, at least until my eyepiece fogs over.

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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: jgraham]
      #5505197 - 11/05/12 10:21 AM

Hello,
The Witch Head Nebula in Orion....ummmm!!


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cliff mygatt
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... new [Re: curiosidad]
      #5505252 - 11/05/12 11:03 AM

Technically, the Witch Head IC 2118 is in Eridanus not Orion but it does get its reflective light from Rigel.

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bassplayer142
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5505362 - 11/05/12 12:24 PM

Come to rethink it. With all the clouds around here in the winter, it may be a challenge to see a single star...

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Feidb
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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... [Re: bassplayer142]
      #5505606 - 11/05/12 03:35 PM

I've attempted the Witch Head 2 years in a row without success. I guess it's a better bino object than with a large aperture because the thing is so big. I've tried every filter I have and looked for an edge I could follow, somewhere along the brightest parts of it, but no go. I'll try again this year.

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Re: What is your challenge object for this winter... [Re: The Planetman]
      #5505632 - 11/05/12 03:58 PM

Quote:

What is your challenge object for this winter...



Jupiter


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