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M104 through 25x100 binocs?

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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 10:37 PM

What, if anything, can I expect to see of M104 through
my 25 power binocs? Right now I have a really good view
of that patch of the sky, but I haven't spotted anything
after a careful search. The area appears rich in asterisms,
but nothing that looks like M104...I know resolving it in
my binocs (under my light polluted skies) is next to
impossible, but would it perhaps appear as a smudged star
or something similar but distinct?

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 11:23 PM

Hi Mike,

The Sombrero actually holds up pretty well against light pollution, though it may only appear as a small, elongated smudge.
It marks the southern apex of a nearly equilateral triangle with the 5th mag stars chi and psiVir, and can be found just over a degree east and slightly north of the Stargate asterism.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 07:12 AM

With 25x100 you should be able to spot M104. You may have actually observed it at one point and never realized it. Of course, having a dark site is very helpful. Do you have a detailed sky atlas? I would try again while keeping the atlas very close by for reference.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:56 AM

I've got charts I print from Starry Night and I have
a print out of the free mag-7 star atlas linked in the
Stellar Reading forum. I strongly suspect I did see it,
I just glanced over it and didn't realize it.

I did however catch my first view of M13 last night.
WOW. I sat there and stared at it for what seemed liked
an hour. I was awestruck, knowing that I was gazing at
a concentrated ball of countless ancient suns.

Mike

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 09:59 AM

Mike,

you really should be able to spot M104. I just reconfirmed 10 minutes ago - and yes, it is visible in my 21x82s. No detail though.

The sky over Johor Bahru / Singapore is very light polluted - and the transparency is poor, too. I think if I am able to see it, so should you.

Good luck!
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Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:31 AM

Mike,

you really should be able to spot M104. I just reconfirmed 10 minutes ago - and yes, it is visible in my 21x82s. No detail though.

The sky over Johor Bahru / Singapore is very light polluted - and the transparency is poor, too. I think if I am able to see it, so should you.

Good luck!
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Of course, Johor Bahru is close to latitude 0 degrees while Bebs is probably around around 30 degrees N. With 104, having it 30 degrees higher can make a world of difference. Nevertheless, I agree it really should be visible to him in 25x100s

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 12:36 PM

If I can see it through my binos in central NJ, you should be able to find it. Through my 25 X 100, I can see that it is oval, but of course no detail. Location trick, after finding the Stargate, go East and slightly up, and you will see three stars in a vertical line. This line of stars points down to M104.

Good luck,

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 03:58 PM

I just realized I was confusing M104 with Centaurus A (just north of Omega Centauri). That's why I made the comment about the observer's latitude being so important.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 07:12 PM

AJ -

Thanks for the tip, I will definitely use that. Of course
it won't be tonight...cloudy, cloudy, cloudy....

Mike

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:38 PM

Hi Mike,

I can't comment on the view thru 25x100's, but I picked it up last night in my 16x70's. My notes say it was showing elongation and was relatively bright (for a galaxy).

I'm at 42N.

Give it another go.

Good Luck,


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