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#1 jryd2000

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:09 PM

Does anyone have some recommendations for some targets for an EAA beginner?

 

I have a NexStar 6SE with a Meade .63 focal reducer and an ASI224MC camera which collectively gives me a 17' x 13' FOV.  I'm looking for some good targets in that FOV that are easy to acquire and stack.  I have had a few failures but I was finally able to image M15 and M57 the other night (although not particularly well).  I am at 40 degrees latitude.   I am looking for the full range of nebula, clusters, and galaxies.  Bonus points for things that are visible this time of year.  

 

Also if anyone has experience with a similar setup and wouldn't mind sharing their SharpCap settings that would be great. Thanks.



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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:51 PM

My recommendation would be to install your free install of Starry Night that should have come with your telescope.

 

https://www.celestro...-night-software

 

Since I am not sure if you are southern or northern hemisphere it's hard to say. But some good objects in the north would be

 

M45 - Pleiades

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula

 

Depending on where you are if you are up late like 7:30AM UTC

 

M1-2 Betelguess

M42 - Orion Nebula


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:52 PM

Welcome!

 

You have a good setup. FOV is a little tight, but there is still a life time of targets that will fit in it.

 

Free Skymaps.com charts are really nice for finding the best of the best for each month. Just check the back side description for the object size.

 

 

M27 Dumbbell neb (plenty of stars for alignment)

 

M13 Glob

 

NGC7331 Pretty Galaxy with background Gx

NGC6946  Grand Spiral (a bit faint through)

 

M31 and M33 are too big, but it is still incredible to look at a small section them and let it fill the FOV in splendor. 



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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:55 PM

One suggestion is look at the pinned EAA Monthly Observing Challenge(s) thread in this forum. In the first post each calendar month for the last few years lists targets we have looked at for EAA. Many are categorized as either "Easy", "Intemediate" or "Challenge". It is a worthwhile place to start.


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#5 GazingOli

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 06:27 PM

Hi and welcome to EAA!

 

I like NGC 891, later in the night you can also try M1 already. 

 

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 07:24 PM

Beginner EAA Targets

NGC 457 (Johnny 5, Wall-E, or Gumby Cluster)

NGC 7789 Caroline's Rose

NGC 869/884 Double Cluster

M15

M13

M34 Open Cluster

M45 Pleiades

M42/M43 Orion Nebula


Edited by Ptarmigan, 20 October 2020 - 07:24 PM.


#7 jryd2000

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 07:53 AM

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.  Yeah I should have mentioned 40 latitude North in New Jersey, US (Bortle 7 skys).



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 07:59 AM

I used to live in the NY metro area, and I'm sure you are already aware that you will get better results looking at targets in the opposite direction to the NYC light dome. For me, that meant looking west rather than east. Looking away from the light dome will make things easier.



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 10:28 AM

I'd like to throw in the bright (and some a bit more challenging) PNs in the stretch between Cepheus, Cygnus and Sagitta that should work great on your rig:

 

NGC7008  Fetus Neb

NGC40 Bow-tie Neb (!!!!!!)

NGC7048 (challenging but fun to get)

NGC6826 Blinking Planetary

NGC7662 Blue Snowball

NGC6894 Diamond Ring Neb

 

There are a lot more challenging ones in the area, but I love going back to those listed above over and over again. 


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#10 jryd2000

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 02:50 PM

Thank you everyone.  I have built an observation list with your suggestions.  Now I just need some clear skies.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 09:38 AM

Sounds good. Feel free to post some of your captures if you like.




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