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mudnreo
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M 103?
      #5840363 - 05/04/13 04:20 PM

I'm not possitive but I think I saw M 103 in my 10/50 Bushnell binoculars this morning. I got up at 3:30 am for work and let the dogs out and looked up and it was a stuning clear sky with some clouds. In between the clouds I saw more stars than I think I ever have here on the Delmarva. Had to leave for work at 4:30 so no time for the scope so got dressed and grabbed the binos. I looked up at Vega and the double next to it then went around the house and looked at Cassiopia. I looked where 103 should be and there it was, a tiny little cluster of stars!!! I didn't think it could be seen in binos but it was a cluster in the right place so, what do you all think, did I get 103 or something else or just being optimistic?

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hallelujah
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Re: M 103? new [Re: mudnreo]
      #5840396 - 05/04/13 04:35 PM

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what do you all think, did I get 103 or something else or just being optimistic?




http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=2688

Stan


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Mark9473
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Re: M 103? new [Re: hallelujah]
      #5840418 - 05/04/13 04:49 PM

NGC 663 is the most obvious cluster in that region, if you're sure it wasn't that one then it's not unlikely you saw M103.

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KennyJ
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Re: M 103? new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5840438 - 05/04/13 05:02 PM

Yet another superb example of Rony's sketching skills in the Phil Harrington article that Stan provided the link for.

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mudnreo
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Re: M 103? new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5840440 - 05/04/13 05:04 PM

Can't say for sure BUT reading the link above I think it was most likely NGC 663, which is ok too.
Thanks for the replies


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: M 103? new [Re: mudnreo]
      #5842433 - 05/05/13 08:57 PM

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Can't say for sure BUT reading the link above I think it was most likely NGC 663, which is ok too.
Thanks for the replies




If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder. I do know them well from looking at them in a telescope...

Jon


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Tony Flanders
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Re: M 103? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5842951 - 05/06/13 05:41 AM

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If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder.




Sure, both clusters are readily visible in hand-holdable binoculars. M103 is much smaller and somewhat fainter, but its brightest stars are somewhat brighter, so you probably have a higher chance of resolving individual stars within it.


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: M 103? new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5842962 - 05/06/13 06:09 AM

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If I am not mistaken, I am able to see both M-103 and NGC 663 in either 10x50's or an 9x50 finder.




Sure, both clusters are readily visible in hand-holdable binoculars. M103 is much smaller and somewhat fainter, but its brightest stars are somewhat brighter, so you probably have a higher chance of resolving individual stars within it.




At the lowest powers M-103 is recognizable by it's narrow triangular shape, it's not hard to identify...

Jon


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