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zeldaboy101
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Funny notes you've discovered on your old logs? new
      #5701348 - 02/26/13 10:28 AM

I've been scanning all of my old observing logs and have found some neat things in them, obscure NGC objects I really liked and should revisit, along with some amusing notes i've made.

My favorite so far of the handful i've gone through was about observing under mag 7 skies on a pristine night with an old 13" coulter dob. I had logged tons of new objects, carefully figuring out each and every fuzzball i'd come across. It was getting late and I went over to the Virgo Cluster.

"Virgo - gave up identify, scanned for ~5 minutes - 64 galaxies"


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Mike B
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Re: Funny notes you've discovered on your old logs? new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5701444 - 02/26/13 11:26 AM

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"Virgo - gave up identify, scanned for ~5 minutes - 64 galaxies"




A 13-inch, under mag 7 skies?!

Yeah, no kidding!


I think i have a comment in mine somewhere... finding one particular EP that seemed particularly adept at spotting planetary nebs; they were EVERYwhere!

Needless to say, it didn't stay long... and iirc, a ParaCorr wasn't long in coming hence.


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zeldaboy101
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Re: Funny notes you've discovered on your old logs? new [Re: Mike B]
      #5702980 - 02/27/13 07:34 AM

I know what you mean. I've had a widefield eyepiece or two where it seemed like everything towards the edge was a DSO, but it kept moving every time I went towards it!

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Re: Funny notes you've discovered on your old logs? [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5703457 - 02/27/13 12:44 PM

I don't think I have a log of this attempted observation, and it is more embarassing than funny, but how about the time I tried to observe M51 while it was only about 25* high in the sky... with a 4" scope... in a light polluted (white zone) area while looking into the most light polluted area of the sky and then being frustrated and genuinely disappointed I could not see it!



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