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Double Cluster

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#1 WolfFang


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:20 AM

Last night was the clearest night of the year for me. After taking a look at M46 and seeing the beautiful NGC 2438 planetary nebula within it for the first time, I moved my sights up to the Double Cluster. My hope was to spot the comet C/2017 T2 and although I think I did, it was very faint and not easily seen in a wide field view. I started the daunting task of sketching the Double Cluster. This was much harder than I initially expected. Every time I felt like I captured an area accurately I would look back into the eyepiece and realize I had lost my place and didn't know where to start again. Perhaps with practice this will get easier... Anyway, although it may not be perfectly, scientifically accurate I think it does represent what I saw in my mind's eye.




Date: 1/29/20

Time: 8:15pm

Instrument: AD10

Aperture: 254mm

Focal Length: 1250mm

Eyepiece: 30mm

Seeing: I

Conditions: Very Clear

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:24 AM



Very nice sketch of Double Cluster smile.gif .




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Posted 30 January 2020 - 11:41 AM

I always like sketches as they give a true indication of what visual observers can expect to see. Even in the film days, photos showed so much that the reality of visual observations could be disappointing after reviewing photos. I bought several viewing guides back then specifically designed to give me an idea of what to expect visially, and what to train my eye to see.


Very nice sketch.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 11:52 AM

Great sketch of the double cluster! I've always been afraid of attempting to sketch this one. I feel like I need to get more practice under my belt before I try giving this a go. Looks like you captured it very well.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:37 PM



Very nice sketch of the double cluster. It is an intimidating target, but even if you find you need to start over it is a rewarding and challenging target.

Nice post, well done. 


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:09 PM

well done 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 05:27 PM

Hi Dan,


A big well done on sketching the double-cluster. I like how you included some nebulosity - nice one!


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