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#201 jrbarnett

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 05:34 PM

Jupiter and M4 in Scorpius in a vintage 60mm Carton f/17 achromat retrofitted with a 1.25" focuser.  Mainly to add some data to the thread on difficulties oberving M4 elsewhere in the forum.

 

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:02 PM

Looking forward to hearing your report!

 

Storms have moved out, it's clear, and I'm taking a day off tomorrow, so I think it's back to Sagittarius globulars and thereabouts.  If it's not behind the house by the end of astronomical twilight, maybe another look for / at M4.

 

*** Update ***

 

The weather held and I was out from about 2200 to 0100.  M4 was still very low contrast, but I can find it pretty easily now that I know what to look for.

 

Didn't hit all the globs along the bottom of the teapot, but did get a couple others, M6, M7, and spent some time on the Trifid - a bit of neb visible with my Lumicon filter, and the Lagoon - fair amount of neb visible with the filter.  I could clearly distinguish the the two lobes and dark lane between them.

 

My Wixey went wacky or my iPhone app with realtime alt-az coords flipped out though around midnight - about a ten degree disagreement.  Spent the rest of the time checking coords and settings with a little time on Saturn and Mars.  More incentive to get a Nexus.  grin.gif


Edited by jcj380, 17 July 2018 - 08:38 AM.

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