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DSOs that are Under Rated.... IMO

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#1 clusterbuster

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 04:31 AM

The Tau Canis Major Cluster

M46 w/ NGC 2438

NGC 7510

Hubble"s Variable Nebula

NGC 6453 (Globular in M7)

 

just a small sampling....

 

Does anyone know of any others ?

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 06:29 AM

NGC 6207 - near M13


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 06:39 AM

Spiral galaxy NGC 2903 in Leo.

 

The Deer Lick Group.

 

Cleopatra's Eye.

 

The Fornax cluster


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:51 AM

To be honest, M13, M42, and M31 could easily be regarded as being underrated, depending on who you ask. How many out of a random sampling of 100 individuals would even be aware of their existence?

 

However, I do understand that the OP likely had slightly more seasoned observers in mind. 

Constellation: Camelopardalis

Galaxy: NGC 2403 (Cam) - how is this not a Messier object??

Nebula: IC 3568 (Lemon Slice Nebula: Cam) - elusive, like a gold nugget

Globular Cluster: NGC 5466 (Boo) - lovely class XII cluster
Open Cluster: NGC 188 (Cep) - an old favourite 
Double Star: HR 4893 (Cam) - Acamar of the North 


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:07 AM

Glob: NGC 1851 in Columba.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:22 AM

NGC 404, a.k.a. "Mirach's Ghost."


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:24 AM

I think there's quite a number of under rated DSOs but we all have our favorites.. a few of mine:

 

- NGC1999:. It appears to be a fuzzy star only about a degree from M42 but when magnified turns out to be a nebula with a heart shaped dark region.

 

- Hickson 68. This is a collection of bright and faint galaxies with a double pointing to mag 14.6 NGC 5358. NGC 5371 is not part of Hickson 68 but it's within half a degree and at mag 10.5, quite bright.

 

NGC 2467 (Gum 9):  it's a small cluster embedded in an emission nebula.  It's on the opposite side of the  Asimdiske (Xi Pup) from M93 in Puppis.  It's mag 7.1 at 13,000 light years and a very active star forming region. 

 

M33:. lots of bright knots and clumps with NGC and IC designations.

 

NGC 2174: A large, "bright" nebula in Orion about 4 degrees due south of M35.  

 

There's a few..

 

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 10:19 AM

Maybe would could add some requirements to achieve that potential, like very dark skies, or good seeing or observing from further South(or North), or large aperture. As somethings lose their charm in many circumstances but remain detectable. I know the big cluster at the very bottom of Scorpius is amazing, but its merely "nice" from 40°N, if you can see it.  But when higher in the sky, its amazing. 

 

Also NGC 253 is amazing from dark skies. I bet it's even better when 10° higher.  

 

Thanks everyone, I have some observing to do, if only it wasn't brutally cold, cloudy, snowing and a full moon.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:04 AM

NGC 2359  Thor's Helmet


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:07 PM

Right off the top of my head I'd have to say M92 the other globular in Hercules.  On nights of excellent seeing at 340x with a 6mm Ethos and a 18" Dob, it becomes a jaw dropping thing of beauty, and is my favorite globular when the seeing is excellent.

 

I'll try to describe it, the core is brighter but smaller than M13, and as you increase the power you can see some brighter stars in and around the core.  Then as you approach 300x or more it looks like a open cluster was cast upon the face of the core, then you notice the resolution of the beautiful star chains falling away from the core, and then there is a myriad of stars in the form of a beautiful unresolved golden haze.  

 

No photograph can compare to the view we saw that night, each of the five club members stood there with their jaw wide open, and stared for 3 to 5 minutes.   The next night the seeing was good but not excellent, and the magic was gone.


Edited by Astro-Master, 12 December 2019 - 01:22 PM.

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 04:47 PM

IC 342 galaxy (Maffei Group) in western Camelopardalis

NGC 6946 galaxy in NE Cygnus

both of them visible through the larger aperture binoculars.

 

Just my 2 favourites among those often neglected,

JG


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:56 AM

NGC 2264: The Christmas Tree Cluster/Cone Nebula, an open star cluster and associated (?) nebula, located in the constellation Monoceros.


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