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#26 CockatooDude

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 10:56 AM

Great compilation of celestial objects... Thanks a lot.

 

In the same way, I note in my objects list a red label that means is a "WOW" target as well so, in the future, I can check again and show it to other people. My observations site is normally a 7-8/10 darksky and all are made with a 180/2700 mak and a 120/750 achromatic refractor with Mark V binoviewer. I will compare both lists ;) ...

 

Regards.

 

 

 

Dude you have made 4 posts in 10 years, that's amazing. What are the odds that I happened to stumble upon one of them. Anyway I wanted to say Holy eyepieces batman, how expensive was that setup?


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 11:58 AM

 

Great compilation of celestial objects... Thanks a lot.

 

In the same way, I note in my objects list a red label that means is a "WOW" target as well so, in the future, I can check again and show it to other people. My observations site is normally a 7-8/10 darksky and all are made with a 180/2700 mak and a 120/750 achromatic refractor with Mark V binoviewer. I will compare both lists ;) ...

 

Regards.

 

 

 

Dude you have made 4 posts in 10 years, that's amazing. What are the odds that I happened to stumble upon one of them. Anyway I wanted to say Holy eyepieces batman, how expensive was that setup?

 

Hello,

 

Well, yes I registered 10 years ago but all the messages posted were two months written...  I read a lot this CN forums, I love it, but never wrote :sleuth: . On the other hand, I´m moderator in a well-known Spanish Astronomy forums (www.asociacionhubble.org) where usually participate so I invite everybody to join us. 

 

About the eyepieces, I´m a fanatic of vintage eyepieces (80-90´s) mainly plossl, masuyama-likes, erfle... all are (or were) really cheap if you compare them to nowadays SWA ones, the only drawback have been the difficult (years!!) to find them, at least in Spain. My prefered ones are Ultimas, Silvertop, RKE, UO Plossl...

 

Regards.

 

PS. Well, 5 post in 10 years, improving my history average :hamsterdance:


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 02:51 PM

Thanks Don for sharing your list! I like the fact that it shows the distances of the objects. Great job!



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 11:33 AM

Fantastic, thanks.

 

Once the seeing improves to "poor" I'll be able to start shooting for some of these.



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Posted 09 February 2016 - 05:07 PM

Been using this list for over two years and is one of my favorites.  Only thing missing

IMO is double stars but I have a separate list for that.

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 11:23 AM

Thanks.  Very nice list.  Looking forward to seeing all I can.



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Posted 28 February 2016 - 07:26 PM

Thanks Don. Looking forward to getting my mallincam on these soon.

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 05:06 PM

Awesome list Don, thanks for sharing. This a great resource and should keep me busy for awhile. 



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:18 PM

Great List....Thanks!



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Posted 03 June 2016 - 12:35 AM

This is great.  I printed it off, and plan to start checking some off with my new Dob!  

 

Now I just gotta get that setting circle ring printed and installed so I can speed the finding up a little...



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Posted 12 June 2016 - 05:27 PM

A very generous gift. Thank you. For it, and for each object it inspires me to seek out. 



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 03:37 PM

Just stumbled upon this...fantastic.

The only object missing is M42...it was too spectacular for the list. :)



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:56 PM

It's there.  NGC1976, the 293rd object on the list.

Look at objects in the constellation ORI (the abbreviation for Orion)



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:58 PM

LoL, sorry. I was just skimming thgrough it. Many thanks for the list!

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 07:12 AM

Awesome list Don!  Thank you for sharing.  I'm up to 100/110 on Messier and 81/151 of M-W globulars list from Wikipedia so I will need a new list to attack soon.

 

From Brisbane I reckon I will shoot for 450/500.  This target is going by a boundary set by the Northern most Messier I have been able to see (102 aka ngc 5866).  That's about maximum altitude of 8*.  

 

I notice you left Omega Centauri out.  I would have thought you would still be able to see it from LA? It would rise up to about 8* for you would it not?

 

thanks again.  Kindest regards,

 

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:26 PM

Just realized that this is one of the lists one can download and import to view in the SS5Pro. Awesome.


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#42 Starman1

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 08:00 PM

I put the cutoff at -40° so all the people in the US could use it.

I see down to -55.5° where I live, so Omega Centauri culminates at 8.2°.

At that altitude, though, we have to have exceptional weather conditions to get any clarity at that height, and even then Omega Centauri is a pale shadow of

itself.

I saw it in Australia and it is truly magnificent (though I liked NGC104, 47 Tucanae, better).  It never looks anything like that up here.

To view it here is merely to say you've done it.

 

If I lived in Brisbane, I'd make an entirely different list, including NGC5128, NGC2477, Eta Carina, The Tarantula Nebula, etc, etc.


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Posted 05 August 2016 - 03:48 AM

Thanks for the reply Don. Fair enough on the cut off.  Btw, if you happen to have a southern top 500, we'd love to see it - because then I'm sure a lot if us here would set out to see it.  Ok, lame humour, but if you have do have such a list, newb's like would love to see it.  

 

Hmm, 47Tuc v Omega Centauri?  I don't know, it's a hard one.  I'll admit to be a swinging voter there.  The debate gets weirder when the argument moves to which EP they look best in.... 


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Posted 05 August 2016 - 09:20 AM

47 TUC struck me as being very yellow in the eyepiece, and an unusual color for a globular.

I also prefer globulars with a dense core like M15 or 47 TUC because when the core resolves they are very beautiful.

There was another globular in Ara, NGC6397 I found beautiful.

Also:

47 Tucanae - NGC 104
(Globular Cluster in Tucana)

Small Magellanic Cloud - NGC 292
(Spiral Galaxy in Tucana)

NGC 330
(Globular Cluster in Tucana)

NGC 346
(Bright Nebula in Tucana)

NGC 362
(Globular Cluster in Tucana)

NGC 371
(Open Cluster in Tucana)

NGC 419
(Open Cluster in Tucana)

NGC 1313
(Spiral Galaxy in Reticulum)

NGC 1850
(Open Cluster in Dorado)

NGC 1955
(Bright Nebula in Dorado)

NGC 1962
(Open Cluster in Dorado)

NGC 1966
(Bright Nebula in Dorado)

Tarantula Nebula - NGC 2070
(Bright Nebula in Dorado)

NGC 2074
(Bright Nebula in Dorado)

NGC 3195
(Planetary Nebula in Chamaeleon)

NGC 4372
(Globular Cluster in Musca)

NGC 4833
(Globular Cluster in Musca)

NGC 5189
(Planetary Nebula in Musca)

NGC 6101
(Globular Cluster in Apus)

NGC 6362
(Globular Cluster in Ara)

NGC 3324
(Open Cluster in Carina)

Beta1 Tucanae
(Double Star in Tucana)

NGC 1261
(Globular Cluster in Horologium)

NGC 1549
(Elliptical Galaxy in Dorado)

NGC 1566
(Spiral Galaxy in Dorado)

NGC 2516
(Open Cluster in Carina)

NGC 2547
(Open Cluster in Vela)

IC 2395
(Open Cluster in Vela)

NGC 2669
(Open Cluster in Vela)

NGC 2808
(Globular Cluster in Carina)

NGC 3114
(Open Cluster in Carina)

NGC 3247
(Open Cluster in Carina)

Gem Cluster - NGC 3293
(Open Cluster in Carina)

NGC 3324
(Open Cluster in Carina)

Eta Carinae Nebula - NGC 3372
(Bright Nebula in Carina)

Southern Pleiades - IC 2602
(Open Cluster in Carina)

NGC 3532
(Open Cluster in Carina)

NGC 3572
(Open Cluster in Carina)

Pearl Cluster - NGC 3766
(Open Cluster in Centaurus)

Lambda Centauri Cluster - IC 2944
(Open Cluster in Centaurus)

Blue Planetary Nebula - NGC 3918*
(Planetary Nebula in Centaurus)

Acrux - Alpha1 Crucis
(Double Star in Crux)

NGC 4609
(Open Cluster in Crux)

Coalsack - Caldwell 99
(Dark Nebula in Crux)

Jewel Box Cluster - NGC 4755
(Open Cluster in Crux)

NGC 4945
(Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus)

NGC 5286
(Globular Cluster in Centaurus)

NGC 5281
(Open Cluster in Centaurus)

NGC 5316
(Open Cluster in Centaurus)

Rigil Kentaurus - Alpha1 Centauri
(Double Star in Centaurus)

NGC 5823
(Open Cluster in Circinus)

NGC 5927
(Globular Cluster in Lupus)

NGC 5946
(Globular Cluster in Norma)

NGC 6025
(Open Cluster in Triangulum Australe)

NGC 6067
(Open Cluster in Norma)

NGC 6087
(Open Cluster in Norma)

NGC 6352
(Globular Cluster in Ara)

NGC 6397
(Globular Cluster in Ara)

NGC 6744
(Spiral Galaxy in Pavo)

NGC 6752
(Globular Cluster in Pavo)

NGC 55
(Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor)

Sculptor Galaxy - NGC 253
(Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor)

NGC 288
(Globular Cluster in Sculptor)

NGC 1097
(Spiral Galaxy in Fornax)

NGC 1269
(Spiral Galaxy in Eridanus)

Fornax A - NGC 1316
(Spiral Galaxy in Fornax)

NGC 1360
(Planetary Nebula in Fornax)

NGC 1365
(Spiral Galaxy in Fornax)

NGC 1399
(Elliptical Galaxy in Fornax)

NGC 1851
(Globular Cluster in Columba)

NGC 2439
(Open Cluster in Puppis)

Messier 93
(Open Cluster in Puppis)

NGC 2527
(Open Cluster in Puppis)

Eight-Burst Nebula - NGC 3132
(Planetary Nebula in Vela)

NGC 3201
(Globular Cluster in Vela)

Ghost of Jupiter Nebula - NGC 3242
(Planetary Nebula in Hydra)

NGC 3621
(Spiral Galaxy in Hydra)

NGC 4361
(Planetary Nebula in Corvus)

Sombrero Galaxy - Messier 104
(Spiral Galaxy in Virgo)

Centaurus A - NGC 5128
(Spiral Galaxy in Centaurus)

Omega Centauri - NGC 5139
(Globular Cluster in Centaurus)

Messier 83
(Spiral Galaxy in Hydra)

NGC 5986
(Globular Cluster in Lupus)

Messier 4
(Globular Cluster in Scorpius)

NGC 6231
(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

NGC 6250
(Open Cluster in Ara)

Messier 62
(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

NGC 6281
(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

NGC 6388
(Globular Cluster in Scorpius)

Butterfly Cluster - Messier 6
(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Ptolemy's Cluster - Messier 7
(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

NGC 6514
(Open Cluster in Sagittarius)

CB 107
(Dark Nebula in Sagittarius)

Lagoon Nebula - Messier 8
(Bright Nebula in Sagittarius)

NGC 6618
(Open Cluster in Sagittarius)

Messier 22
(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

NGC 6723
(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

NGC 6726
(Bright Nebula in Corona Australis)

Messier 55
(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Helix Nebula - NGC 7293
(Planetary Nebula in Aquarius)

NGC 7793
(Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor)

A lot of these are visible up north, but you get the best views.


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#45 Starman1

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 09:28 AM

Also look here:

http://www.iceinspac...38-0-0-1-0.html

A really good list of 600 objects for southern observers.


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Posted 05 August 2016 - 06:10 PM

Thanks for both posts Don.  I forgot about that list on IIS, yes I should start on that too.   :waytogo:

 

I agree about 6397, a real beauty.  It and 6752 in Pavo are so beautiful I feel they both deserve names, not just number designations.

 

thanks again Don.



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 12:44 PM

 

Great compilation of celestial objects... Thanks a lot.

 

In the same way, I note in my objects list a red label that means is a "WOW" target as well so, in the future, I can check again and show it to other people. My observations site is normally a 7-8/10 darksky and all are made with a 180/2700 mak and a 120/750 achromatic refractor with Mark V binoviewer. I will compare both lists ;) ...

 

Regards.

 

 

 

Dude you have made 4 posts in 10 years, that's amazing. What are the odds that I happened to stumble upon one of them. Anyway I wanted to say Holy eyepieces batman, how expensive was that setup?

 

Thanks, this is an awesome list.  A Newbie Question:  With my 4in F/13 Mak what eyepiece is best for looking at these?



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 02:00 PM

In a 4", I'd start with about 40-50 power to find the object (26-33mm eyepiece) and then move up if the object is small to around 80-100x (13-16mm eyepiece).

There really aren't more than a couple targets on the list where, in a 4", you'd want to go higher.

For the very largest objects having the lowest surface brightness (example: M33), you might even like a lower magnification.

But if your Mak has a 1.25" back end, there is no particular reason to go longer than a 32mm Plossl.

If you can find one, you might like a lot the 35mm "pseudo-Masuyama" 5-element design found in such eyepieces as the 

Baader Eudiascopic, Orion Ultrascopic, Parks Gold Series, Antares Elite, Omcon Ultima, Tuthill Plossl, Celestron Ultima, Kasai Astroplan.

All of these are out of production now, but some retailers may have one left and there are often sales of used ones in various classified sites.

The field of view is a bit larger than the 32mm Plossl, the 35mm will yield a slightly brighter image in your scope, and it is a very pleasant eyepiece to use.

But if you can't find one, the ubiquitous 32mm Plossl will do.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 06:17 PM

Congratulations Don, on having this list published in the latest issue of Amateur Astronomy Magazine! (Issue 93, pp 23-30). I'm glad Charlie Warren chose to include your entire list in his publication!

It was with great pleasure that I discovered your "Fabulous 500", as they now have been dubbed, on those respectable pages!

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 07:26 PM

Thanks.

I hope others who have not seen the list before will now enjoy it.




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