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#1 Randolph Jay

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:08 AM

Well this winter in the northeast US has been even cloudier than what might be more typical of this season.  And then there is the cold.  Frozen fingers don't make for a pleasant sketching experience. So here is a sketch of ngc 2423 in Puppis just north of M47 that was done last night despite the frigid temperatures.  I used my old Celestron Omni 120 achromatic refractor due to the ease of setting up.  This cluster is quite attractive and has a very nice close double near its center.  The cluster contains a red giant star ( I could not detect much in the way of color ) that has at least one planet 10 times more massive than Jupiter. The cluster presents a nice range of magnitudes.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:04 PM

Nice detail in your sketch Randolph. Thanks for sharing and clear skies. 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:12 PM

Randolph,

 

Very nice sketch of  NGC 2423 :) .

 

CS,KLU,

 

:thanx: ,

 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 12:31 PM

Good work again, Randolph!

And yes, the cold weather can impede your enthusiasm. We had single-digit temperatures through most of January.

- Roy (in northern New Mexico - 7,000 ft. altitude)



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 04:25 PM

Randolph,

 

Nice to see you got out from under the clouds to create this very sharp looking sketch on NGC 2423.

I must say I have no record of ever looking at this open cluster. It certainly is worth a look and a sketch.

I was out observing under partly cloudy skies last night but the seeing was terrible. Still nice trying.

 

Very good work.

 

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 10:47 AM

Randolph, 

Beautifully done  :bow: 

 

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:07 PM

Randolph, good to see your work here on CN again!

You picked a nice open cluster with a very close double in the centre, well done.

 

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 07:35 PM

Thank you indeed Susan, Tom, Roy, Frank, Marios and Martijn!  It really has been incredibly dreary and wet at my location.  For a number of weeks it rained or snowed every 24 hours...oh I tell a lie if I don't admit that sometimes it was every 48 hours.  Ah and then I had a cold that just wouldn't say goodbye...I tried saying goodbye to it in several languages to no avail...:)

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 09:02 PM

Sorry bout you being under the weather Randolph. I can attest to the lousy weather we ve had .  The grass is positively soggy from the rain and snow melg. At last though we hit some clear skys, and the temps were not particularly February like also!  Of course tge clouds are bavk but i hit a coupld decent nights. One of them was a lousy pickering 4! So soft I could only see three stars of the trapezium, the other just blurred away.

 

That double in the center really makes the piece.

 

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:04 AM

Thanks Pete.  Without a doubt, this has been one of the dreariest winters I can remember.  I used to keep a weather diary and looking back over the years I see many entries for stretches of very cold but very clear weather that went on for several days at a time.  Completely absent this year.

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Randolph



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

I need to remember the weather when I am out, because I find it amazing that you can brave the cold to observe. And to create a really fine sketch to boot! 

 

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 01:03 AM

Very beautiful cluster and nice sketch Randolph! Monoceros has some nice ones.

 

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:03 AM

Thank you Cindy and Migue.  Cindy, I suspect your weather is just a wee bit milder ( :) ).  Last night presented beautifully transparent skies and a temperature of 14F ( -10C ) and the most I could do was take a quick look with just my eyes and then run for cover...

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Randolph



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 07:56 PM

I cant even imagine! My passion for astronomy has blossomed since I lived here in Hawaii...everyone that braves that cold to observe, much less sketch..my hats off (maybe not, keep the ears warm!) to you.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 05:14 AM

Well, the weather here in Italy's been quite mild for the last couple of weeks but the seeing's terrible. So I guess we've all got something to moan about. grin.gif  You picked a lovely cluster for you sketch and your rendering's top-notch. Beautifully done!!!bow.gifbow.gifbow.gif

 

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