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What's Up - NGC 253 in Sculptor
      #6225247 - 11/30/13 01:51 PM

What's Up - NGC 253 in Sculptor

By Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6225301 - 11/30/13 02:21 PM

Nice write up. A favorite of mine along with NGC288 close by. Impressive in any aperture and it keeps on giving the larger the instrument.

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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #6226538 - 12/01/13 08:48 AM

Nick;

I agree that having lots of aperture certainly helps with NGC 253, there is lots of see here.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the article;
Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6227208 - 12/01/13 02:18 PM

One of my favorite galaxies!

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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6227643 - 12/01/13 06:14 PM

Was looking at it last night from the dark site at Mt. Pinos, CA. Several galaxies below it in Sculptor I'm eager to see, but the lights of Los Angeles make viewing anything below about 25 degrees in the southeast difficult.
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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: acochran]
      #6228335 - 12/02/13 02:37 AM

Andy;

I know what the lights of Phoenix look like from 100 miles away, I am certain that LA is the king of light monsters. It is getting tougher to get to any approximation of dark skies.

Take Care;
Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6236255 - 12/05/13 09:29 PM

Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing

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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: lush41]
      #6237154 - 12/06/13 11:25 AM

lush41;

You are very welcome. I am always happy to hear from a satisfied "customer".

Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: stevecoe]
      #6237518 - 12/06/13 02:24 PM

Quote:

Andy;

I know what the lights of Phoenix look like from 100 miles away, I am certain that LA is the king of light monsters. It is getting tougher to get to any approximation of dark skies.

Take Care;
Steve Coe




253 is one of my favs....

Las Vagas has to rival LA for light domes...it can be seen 150 miles away.

There is still plenty of pristine skies in central/eastern Nevada. I regularly see SQM readings nudging 22.

The most troubling threat to what's left of western dark skies is fracking....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXaieJrH3tA


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #6242333 - 12/09/13 10:25 AM

Thanks a lot Steve! I had a chance to observe it during late summer from a "gray" zone site we like to visit in the mountains (really big hills actually) of western Virginia. It was simply stunning in my Z10.

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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: kt4hx]
      #6242939 - 12/09/13 03:41 PM

Alan;

As I said in the article, there is so much to see if you can get to a location where it comes 10 or 15 degrees above the horizon.

Lots to see;
Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: stevecoe]
      #6245828 - 12/10/13 09:27 PM

NGC 253 is an easy object for hand held bino. 30mm and above. The trick is, if you are in most of the US, is to get away from city LP as much as you can. From a good DS loc. (blue) 253 outshines M3l in a 8x50 finder, and really puts on a show at low power in my 10" Dob. A few years back, from Aruba at +12.5 deg., 253 was dazzling in 8x42 binos. I don't know if anyone has ever seen it naked eye? I think it is 6 or 7 mag.?

Edited by Philler (12/10/13 09:31 PM)


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: Philler]
      #6246247 - 12/11/13 02:16 AM

Philler;

I have it as Mag 7.2, so just barely naked eye from Australian Outback, let's say. Or one of the observatories in Chile.

Clear skies;
Steve Coe


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Re: What's Up: NGC 253 in Sculptor new [Re: stevecoe]
      #6255830 - 12/16/13 09:01 AM

Steve,
Nice write up and sketches. NGC 253 is high enough here in WV for us to get a decent view. It's a beauty!


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