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Most interesting DSO's for binoculars?

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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:33 PM

What is the consensus on visually-appealing Deep Sky Objects?

I mean, which objects are the most "beautiful" or visually
interesting?

For example, the Orion Nebula is a shoe-in, but what else?

Mike

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:59 PM

Bebs;

In my scope I just love m-11. Haven't had a chance to use my BT 100 on it yet.
Going on what little I've seen through the BTs so far, m-36/38 stand out in my mind. My thoughts about viewing open clusters now that I have the binocs has changed. Didn't do much for me with the SCT(except for m-11).
Seeing Saturn in a wide star field was a awe inspiring sight, to think of where in reference to earth it is and how far away.....wow.

Actually it's clearing up.....so I think I'll go see if I can add to my answer.
This thread will probably get plenty of DSO suggestions!

Cheers

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#3 Glassthrower

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:06 PM

This thread will probably get plenty of DSO suggestions!


That was my intention. I am still relatively new at this
and I am looking for some suggestions beyond what the
textbooks say.

I have limited experience with sighting DSO's, because
thus far my binocular astronomy has been a "guestimation"
affair : M13 is in Hercules, there's Hercules, lemme
point at that area and scan around blindly until I find it.
(Well, I'm getting better at finding my way around, thanks
to the helpful folks around here. At least I can read
a planisphere now and I can *almost* read a star atlas
properly)

Mike

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:16 PM

From Louisiana, Omega Centauri, a big globular cluster, is very good but not up now I'm pretty sure.

Also neat is to get M36, M37, and M38 (in Auriga) all in the same field of view (which I've done even with my 8x42 on an excellent night) -- but you have to do it pretty soon as they are setting earlier and earlier in the evening.

Rating "of course" are M44 (Beehive) and M45 (Pleiades).

The Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884).

Many things in Sagittarius and Scorpius.

I'd better stop here (too late already?) and leave any more to experts.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:32 PM

Actually Omega Centauri, if visible from your location, would be about at it's best with highest altitude being attained just before midnight local time.

M92 and M3 are also a nice globulars, since you've found a globular already these would be nice stepping stones.

Coma Berenices hair would also be nice in any bino.

-Chris

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 09:04 PM

Hello Mike,

In my 20x80 binos I found most of the Messiers to be pleasing to the eye. Just a suggestion, you might scan around the globulars in Ophicius (sp). On a good night you can spot some NGC globs that are pretty cool.

Roger

#7 Glassthrower

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 10:00 PM

Until I find a better place to gaze from, I am limited in
what I can see. I look from my backyard in a small-sized
city with mild-moderate light pollution. My biggest enemy
are the surrounding houses and unshielded street lights.
I have a nice dark view of the eastern sky, but the lower
20-deg or so is blocked by the neighbor's home. I have
a dark view to the south as well, but my own garage
cuts off the lower 20-30 deg. Then I have a very tall tree
that is great for birdwatching, but it blocks a piece of
the south-eastern sky. My view to the north is blocked by
my own home and another large tree. I can't see over
2/3 of the northern sky. The view to the west is utterly
shot because of multiple street lights and trees. I have
to erect a big black sheet staked to 8-foot poles to block
out offending light rays that shoot through the gaps in
the trees.

Blaah....so I have a jagged, oddball-shaped piece of the
sky that I can see on any given night. Add to all of that
the light pollution that extends about 20-30 deg up into
the sky from the east and the west.

I'm waiting for it to get darker outside right now and
for M13 to rise up above the light pollution dome so I
can show it to my wife. She hasn't seen it yet. I dunno
though, the skies are a little hazy tonight....

MIke

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 10:51 PM

Once the Summer Triangle and Main Drag of the Sagittarius Arm hit prime time next month it'll be tough *not* to find a beautiful or visually interesting area. The North American Nebula, Coathanger, and Albireo are among the better non-Messiers.
In the mean time it's Globular season for binos, especially
Messiers 3, 5, 12, 13, and 92. Ngc6633 is a really nice open cluster in NE Ophiuchus. Some classic doubles include nuDraco and epsilonLyra.
Looking forward to your reports thru those 25s.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 11:01 PM

Poster: edcannon
Subject: Re: Most interesting DSO's for binoculars?
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Many things in Sagittarius and Scorpius.
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Scorpius and Sagittarius in fact offer many of my favorites for binoculars:

Sco:
The region between Mu and Zeta Sco contains three open clusters of very different appearance in a single field of view in typical hand-held binoculars (NGC 6231, NGC 6242 and Tr 24)
M6, M7

Sgr:
M8, M20, M21, in one single field of view
Gorgeous M24 (Sagittarius star cloud) and surroundings with M16, M17, M18
M23, M25

You will have to wait for their culmination though, given your latitude. It's worth it, believe me!


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Posted 04 May 2005 - 04:53 AM

M31 with satalite galaxies M32 and 110,
M81-82
hyades
NGC 253

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 06:31 AM

They all are! Seriously! Everyone has already listed some great DSO to look at. They are all unique and wonderful.

Not to get off the tpoc, but there are some double and multi-star systems, not clusters, that great to look at as well....like Albireo in Cygnus

#12 Glassthrower

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:15 AM

The haze eventually cleared up last night and I got a
nice shot of M13 and for the first time I saw M5!

:thewave:


I'm gonna save this entire thread as an info source for
later use. Hopefully I will find all of the objects
you kind people have alerted me to.

Mike

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:25 AM

These are some good challenges too Mike web page and if you're an AL member you can log your observations and get a nice certificate and pin for your efforts.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:42 AM

Kembles's Cascade in Camelopardis
The Coathanger (aka Brocchi Cluster or C399) in Vulpecula
Carol's Smiley Face in Auriga
M33 in Triangulum (dark site needed)
M46 and M47 Clusters in Pupis

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:46 AM

For me the double cluster M-36, 37, and 38 rate very high as do M-44 the beehive, the seven sisters M-45, the coat hanger, I love to also scan cygnus the summer triangel and as mentioned by nightwatch alberio and other multiple stars.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 12:26 PM

Sitting here in the Las Vegas airport waiting for my plane and wishing I was sitting under the stars.

Back to topic. As a bino astronomer, please don't forget to check out M27. It is the only DSO I have seen that gives a striking 3D image. It is an optical illusion of course, but very pretty.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 07:16 PM

Wow, my to-do list is getting pretty long now.

Now I better stock up on skeeter-repellent, I have a long
and rewarding summer ahead of me. Now I just need to get
out someplace REALLY dark. The light pollution around
here is killing me. But I guess it could be worse, I could
be living in Los Angeles or New York city.

Mike


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Posted 04 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

You and me both have a pretty big list. So many things to see and so little time. A common theme unfortunately. If the clouds around here would give me a break....that would help.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 11:37 PM

Some of my favorate areas at the Milky Way Star Clouds between M6 and M8 and up in Cygnus around Deneb and over to M39. M24 and Scutum star cloud are also nice plus the spiral staircase in Perseus. Perhaps my favorate area is in Cygnus with the star sadr right in the middle of the field.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 11:52 PM

Some of my favorate areas at the Milky Way Star Clouds between M6 and M8 and also up in Cygnus around Deneb and the general area over to M39. The M24 and Scutum star clouds are favorates along with the spiral staircase in Perseus. My favorite (binocular) view is in Cygnus and having the star Sadr right in the middle of the field. Even though it isn't an open cluster like M44 or M45, it has enough stars to fill an 8-degree field and to my mind it is far more spectacular visual field (unless you're lucky enough to see some of the blue nebulosity in M45).

I'm sure there must also be some very nice sights in the Southern sky but I haven't gone there to see them yet. Someday my wife and I plan to take a vacation in New Zealand and I'll be sure to plan it around the time of year when we are most likely to have nice weather.

John Finnan

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 12:51 AM

John,

you definitely should go to the Southern Hemisphere one day - anybody remotely interested in stargazing should!

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 07:01 AM

I wish I could do just that. I have often wondered what the LMC and SMC look like through binoculars. I'm sure there are many many other DSOs I'm missing out on.

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:27 AM

Last night I saw :

M92 (very faint patch of fuzzy light barely visible against
the background)

M13 (brighter and slightly more interesting patch of
fuzzy-looking bluish-white light)

M57 (an exceedingly-faint spot of light that was almost
invisible against the background. It took a lot of
averted gazing, tapping the binocs, and triple-checking
the charts to verify that I did indeed see M57)

I looked for M5 again, but it was getting late and I gave
up.

Mike


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