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What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new
      #5796084 - 04/13/13 07:33 AM

What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158

By Steve Coe


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #5797043 - 04/13/13 04:34 PM

I just read Steve Coe's new What's Up article and thought I'd give feedback since its a new format. Personally, I love the new format! I'm still a novice, and I was starting to wonder what more there was to observing besides "ticking off" items on a list. After reading the article, I realized my observing is woefully superficial. The in-depth observing notes are really great and expanded my appreciation for observing M35 and for observing in general. Also, I'd never noticed NGC 2158 in my 8 inch beginner's dob.

Thanks, Steve!


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: gmussman]
      #5797808 - 04/14/13 02:35 AM

Grant;

You are most certainly welcome. I am glad to hear that the new format is working for you. No, observing is not just keeping track of what you have seen and what there is to see that is still on the list. Spend some time with each object and try some different magnifications and filters to see what you can observe.

By the way, Charlie Hein and I communicated poorly and for a short time there was an old "What's Up" displayed. He has been kind enough to pull down that article and display this one. Thanks to Charlie and all the folks who make Cloudy Nights a great place to visit.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: stevecoe]
      #5799045 - 04/14/13 06:28 PM

Hey Steve, this was a nice read. I like this better when you concentrate on just one or two targets.

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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #5799277 - 04/14/13 08:00 PM

Steve: I saw this pair of objects for the first time last January using my 16" Lightbridge and my 20 mm ES 100 degree eyepiece, it was the highlight of that night. 2158 looked so dense, I thought it might be a globular cluster. Having them both in the same field of view is truly special.
Andy


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: acochran]
      #5799817 - 04/15/13 02:11 AM

I am very happy to see that folks like this format, so unless I get some really negative input, I will continue.

Andy, it is just that NGC 2158 is so far away, in actuallity the two clusters are almost identical in size and star distribution. Ain't that weird?

Clear skies;
Steve Coe


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: stevecoe]
      #5799950 - 04/15/13 07:16 AM

NGC 2158 is one of my favorite deep sky object. I can see it a fuzzy blob on my 4" F9 refractor at 45 power. Easy to see pin point stars on my 16 inch dobsonain at 185X.

I enjoy reading Steve Coe's articles and books.


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 [Re: Illinois]
      #5800887 - 04/15/13 03:58 PM

John;

I am always happy to hear from a satisfied "customer";-).

I also really enjoy compressed clusters, both open and globular. It is lots of fun to see what magnification and aperture will start to show individual stars.

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Steve Coe


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: stevecoe]
      #5851211 - 05/10/13 12:46 AM

I like the new format, as well. One other aspect I particularly liked in this article was starting with a binocular view, and gradually increasing the size of telescope used subsequently, with descriptions of the "new" sights visible with each increase in aperture. I find this very helpful, and your fairly frequent use of this technique in previous articles has me looking forward to each new "What's Up".

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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: bdcmd]
      #5852682 - 05/10/13 08:23 PM

That is exactly the effect I was looking to create--start with binoculars or an RFT and move up to more aperture. All can provide great views and it is fun to put it all together.

Clear skies;
Steve Coe


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: stevecoe]
      #5853015 - 05/10/13 11:25 PM

Comprehensive writing, progressive viewing format and incredibly informative, what more could one ask for?
Clear skies,
Bill


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: stevecoe]
      #5856317 - 05/12/13 08:53 PM

Steve: Since that one great night I had in January, I have checked M35 and its companion several times. The companion never comes close to how I saw it that Jan night, sometimes not visible at all. Weird huh? Maybe because Gemini is setting.
Andy

Edited by acochran (05/13/13 04:14 PM)


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Re: What’s Up - M 35 and NGC 2158 new [Re: acochran]
      #5856587 - 05/12/13 11:32 PM

Bill, thanks for the kind remarks, I am having fun putting all this together. I does remind me to fun I had over the years doing all that observing.

Andy, I understand, it has been made perfectly clear to me that faint objects really do provide a measure of how good the transparency is for that evening. If the transparency is poor, then the "toughies" become even more difficult.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe


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