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#1 Pcbessa

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 05:35 AM

I have a lot to entertain myself in Pegasus in the autumn skies with my 10".

However I haven't explored the constellations of Aquarius, Pisces and Cetus as much as the rest of the autumn skies. This is because they lie low in my sky in Scotland do I only have a window of 2 months to see them, and I need to see them when I drive to my dark spot. And even then, the constellations are only seen for about 2 hours a night. So planning is key.

So what interesting deep sky objects are there in this region of the sky?

I regularly see the Helix, Saturn and Skull nebula, M2, M72-3, M74 and M77, the brightest objects at these southern skies. But what else is there?

Unlike other constellations like where I know a ton of challenging objects for my 10", I know little about these constellations.

Any interesting Abell clusters, distant galaxies or quasars, or other interesting nebula? As these are "galaxy constellations" I am sure that there are many interesting targets to see.
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Posted 24 September 2020 - 09:15 AM

Enjoy your surfing in the sea [pun intended] .If you want challenging objects ( not sure whether it's fair for 10") and as far as galaxies are concerned what about IC 1613 and NGC 247 ? Beware the former has unbelievable low surface brightness . Also if you can get a little down , you can find the fornax cluster of galaxies where you can pick some classic galaxies like the silver coin in sculptor along with some superb hard galaxies . Also there are a lot of galaxies in Pegasus and Andromeda . The Stephan's quintet is quite hard to see all the four members . As you have seen this much , I bet you have bagged NGC 891 . Sry for the Andromeda and Pegasus if you can forgive for that 20° in the sky.

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 12:30 PM

Thanks!

 

I haven´t tried IC1613 yet. NGC247 requires me to drive a good dark location with great transparency over the southern skies, as the galaxy transits just 5-10 degrees above horizon.

NGC891 is easy. I see it often. I saw it yesterday and the night was good. M33 was quite bright in the scope.

The Stephan quartet is indeed difficult. I can see perhaps 2 members there, but I need to try it under excellent conditions. Its a hard target.

 

 

Enjoy your surfing in the sea [pun intended] .If you want challenging objects ( not sure whether it's fair for 10") and as far as galaxies are concerned what about IC 1613 and NGC 247 ? Beware the former has unbelievable low surface brightness . Also if you can get a little down , you can find the fornax cluster of galaxies where you can pick some classic galaxies like the silver coin in sculptor along with some superb hard galaxies . Also there are a lot of galaxies in Pegasus and Andromeda . The Stephan's quintet is quite hard to see all the four members . As you have seen this much , I bet you have bagged NGC 891 . Sry for the Andromeda and Pegasus if you can forgive for that 20° in the sky.




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