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Your favorite areas to view at low magnification (28x)?

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#1 jdown


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:43 PM

Some time ago I bought a pair of APM UFF 24mm EPs.  With my APM 120mm binocular-telescope they provide a magnification of 28x, f.o.v. 2° 22".  For various reasons I haven't used them much.  It seems that with the Milky Way, especially Cygnus and Lacerta, well placed in the evening, not to mention Sagittarius as well, this would be a good time for stargazing at low mag.


What are your favorite star fields to view, not so much in search of this GC or that OC, but simply to view regions in the sky packed with stars?  When using EPs providing higher mag to look for a particular DSO, I sometimes come across areas that demand to be admired simply for all the twinkling lights I see out there in the deep. 

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 12:55 PM

In the Southern Region I start at M24 and "surf around" from there.

For the North, Cassiopeia is chalk full of Star Fields also.  I usually start at NGC7789 or ST2 and go from there.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

NGC457 in Cassiopeia (Owl or ET cluster)

NGC884/869 in Perseus (Double Cluster)

NGC1960 in Auriga

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 01:24 PM

Cygnus is great!  Was scanning it last night in my 16x80s.  The whole area surrounding the North America is stunning, tons of obvious dark nebula/dust lanes to get lost in.  The Veil Nebula looks nice and the Dumbbell is just a little to the left and is quite impressive.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 03:15 PM

I can spend a lot of time in the M24 Sag star cloud.  2.3° frames a lot of it with the B92/B93 dark nebulae right in the middle.  B92 looks like a lobster's claw reaching out to me.  wink.gif   Barnard's dark "E", B142/B143 near Altair is a fine area to study as well.


http://saguaroastro....s-dark-nebulae/  (RIP Steve Coe)


Just about anywhere in the Cygnus and Lacerta star fields are nice in that FOV.


At 28x, you should be able to easily pick up well over a dozen GCs just the the Teapot area of Sag alone.



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 03:40 PM

B168 aka Windsock nebula at the Cygnus/Lacerta border with the OCs M39 at one end and NGC 7209 on the other make a fine sight under dark, transparent skies.


Don't forget Caroline's Rose NGC 7789 in Cass.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 04:22 PM

M24, (the Sagittarius Star Cloud, all areas around Cygus and the summer Triangle, M7, the Double Cluster, the Plieades, the Milky Way all through Sagittarius, etc. etc. etc.


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Posted 13 October 2019 - 04:02 PM

M24 m7 m46 and m47

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 04:33 PM

Surprised no one mentioned Melotte 20 which is a beautiful area also known as the Alpha Persei cluster.


The area between Beta and Gamma Lyrae (Can you spot M57 ;) ?)


The Scutum Star Cloud and surroundings (can you spot M11 ;) ?)


Andromeda Galaxy and M33


The area around Alpha Andromeda (Alpheratz)


Kemble's Cascade


Any large open cluster (Saguaro lists mentioned above are your best friend!!!)


The Belt of Orion (I think this may also be known as Collinder 70), the area around Lambda Orionis (which may be Collinder 69), and the Sword of Orion are also wondrous.


All through Canis Major (among others, look for M41 and NGC2362, the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster)


M46-M47-NGC2423 (maybe you can spot the PN NGC2438 in M46)


NGC2477 + NGC2451 in Puppis


M44 (Praesepe Cluster)


M104 + Stargate and Jaws 


Maybe Markarian's Chain?


Coma Berenices


I'm sure there are SO many more others can suggest.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 01:26 PM

Hello jdown,


when it is just about the fields packed with stars,and not DSOs, my favourite is the stars association around 19 Cephei, and the rich stars field around 137 Tauri north off Betelgeuse. Some orange/red stars inside, and some doubles, complete the fun.


These stars fields are also amazing through the binoculars,


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 05:57 PM

depending on seeing conditions 


I like looking at Saturn at 28x with other stars surrounding it. 


It frames nice

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 06:31 PM

Not an option for Northern observers but the LMC is amazing.  I don’t have a BT but a 10” dob with 41 Panoptic gives 2.2* fov at 40x magnification and of course all that extra aperture.  The amount of detail and variation in the texture of galactic nebulousity that befalls your eyes as you pan around is overwhelming. 


I’m sure the LMC in a big BT must be mind blowing.

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:05 AM

In my current location 55N, I like a lot to do the binocular tour Perseus - Cassiopeia


When I visit home at 20N, of course Sagitarius - Scorpius



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