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#1 didir

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 11:07 PM

Hi all,

 

I've ordered my first telescope, a dobson 8"

As son as it's here I'd like to take it to very dark skies where I live in New Caledonia.

I think the first things I'll point are the Magellanic clouds and the milky way center. But I have no Idea what to look at apart from this.

Any ideas? Australians, what interesting objects do you think I could see clearly with the celestron 8" ?

Have a nice day.


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 11:24 PM

New Zealand here :) 

 

lots!

 

you should hunt for a book called Imaging the Southern Skies which has lots of  nice targets in but .... 

 

Eta Carina

 

Tarantula Nebula

 

Jewel Box

 

Omega Centauri 

 

47 Tucane 

 

Centaurus A

 

are the usual ones for our public open nights :) 


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 12:47 AM

Thank you for this detailed reply! can't wait to start observing smile.gif

 

EDIT: Eta Carina with a 8inches dobson can be seen?! I looked at the internet picture, this one looks amazing! I guess it'll be a very small dot at best? (I have no equipment for astrophotography so the only photons collected will be from my eye ^^)


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 12:48 AM

very jealous - does it stay clear much or cloudy oceanic environment like NZ ??


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:03 AM

Actually down here the skies are quite amazing, which is why I decided to get a scope :)

Apart from the 3 big mining sites pretty much the entire island is empty. 500km with something like 40k people, in small villages.. Mostly class 1, sometimes class 2 skies.

 

From September and for like 5 months trade winds start kicking in and usually the days and nights can be pretty much empty of clouds for weeks.

But the when the hurricane seasons arrives, the sky is pretty charged, and then back again at clear skies end of August/mid september.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:05 AM

hmmm sounds like I need a trip to New Cal :) 


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 02:59 AM

Thank you for this detailed reply! can't wait to start observing smile.gif

 

EDIT: Eta Carina with a 8inches dobson can be seen?! I looked at the internet picture, this one looks amazing! I guess it'll be a very small dot at best? (I have no equipment for astrophotography so the only photons collected will be from my eye ^^)

The Carina Nebula is very large. It can be seen with any scope. I observed it last year with 72 mm refractor from Chile. It has a very intricate structure and can take a lot of magnification, so observe both under low power to see its extent and under high power to see the details of its structure. The Carina Nebula responds very well to a UHC filter (I used DGM NPB in my observations).

 

If you're referring to the Homunculus Nebula within the Carina Nebula, indeed it's small, but I think it still should be within the reach of your dob.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:52 AM

Thank you for this detailed reply! can't wait to start observing smile.gif

 

EDIT: Eta Carina with a 8inches dobson can be seen?! I looked at the internet picture, this one looks amazing! I guess it'll be a very small dot at best? (I have no equipment for astrophotography so the only photons collected will be from my eye ^^)

sure you can see Eta carina - if you use a Ha filter it will show more too 

 

it will be much bigger than you think too :) 



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 11:21 AM

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Welcome to Cloudy Nights! I'm also very jealous of your location and sky conditions! I have a whole list of objects to view should I ever travel far south. But it seems you already have a good highlight list going in the posts above, so enjoy!

 

If you have southern specific questions, the group at Ice in Space in Australia might also be helpful:

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/

 

If you need something in the French language, you might try:

http://www.webastro.net/forums

 

But please continue to hang out around here, the more southern topics the better!



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 02:46 PM

Here's my 20 best objects with description  based on my observing experience from Namibia this year:
https://stargazerslo...from-kiripotib/
As a double stars observer, I can recommend also alpha Cen, Acrux, kappa Tucanae.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:16 PM

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Welcome to Cloudy Nights! I'm also very jealous of your location and sky conditions! I have a whole list of objects to view should I ever travel far south. But it seems you already have a good highlight list going in the posts above, so enjoy!

 

If you have southern specific questions, the group at Ice in Space in Australia might also be helpful:

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/

 

If you need something in the French language, you might try:

http://www.webastro.net/forums

 

But please continue to hang out around here, the more southern topics the better!

Thanks a lot for the links!

 

and thanks for your observation advice Ukrainian


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 02:33 PM

Can you get by in New Caledonia with English and some French? I'm dreaming of a quiet Bortle 1 place in the southern hemisphere to move to, but my wife only speaks basic French. She is an EU citizen and could legally move there if she found a job.

 

Let us know what you end up seeing in those Bortle 1 skies!



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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:52 AM

Can you get by in New Caledonia with English and some French? I'm dreaming of a quiet Bortle 1 place in the southern hemisphere to move to, but my wife only speaks basic French. She is an EU citizen and could legally move there if she found a job.

 

Let us know what you end up seeing in those Bortle 1 skies!

Sorry for the late reply.

Unfortunately people here can't really speak other languages.

A EU citizen can get a job though, legally, but depending on the qualifications priority can be given to a local person (which can be hard to overcome even for a french guy like me from Europe..)



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Posted 06 September 2019 - 10:15 AM

Thanks! I'm having fun researching the possibilities. I've been so long in Germany that I have forgotten what a dark sky looks like. frown.gif




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