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M42 revisited

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#1 SeanStaresatStars



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Posted 27 October 2020 - 06:27 AM

After all the smoke we've had in Colorado the last few months, and then a few days of snow that hopefully ended the fires, I saw a forecast for clear and transparent starting after 0200, with the moon setting at 0300. I couldn't resist and set an alarm for a pre-dawn session. There was one drawback, the forecasted temperatures were below 0F, so bundled up, with chem warmers in my sleeves and socks, I cast out into the cold.


I just wanted to get a feel for how the combination of Excellent Transparency and Below Average Seeing would come together in looking for DSOs on a night like this, and how my scope would handle the cold. So, I went after some sketching targets of objects I had seen before, but wanted better sketches of. I did a quick stop at M76, swung over to M1, and by now Orion was clearing the side of the house. Setting up on M42 I finally appreciated the great transparency, as more nebulousity was directly and indirectly visible than I had seen on any previous visit. Bright around the Trapezium (NGC 1976) with clearly delineated wisps of brighter clouds mixing with dimmer sections. The wings of the "bird" I always see were clear, and tonight I could see some of the gases in the "ball". 


10" f/4.7 Dob. ES82 14mm eyepiece with Orion Ultrablock Filter

Black Paper, Gray and White pastels, blending stumps, white pastel and charcoal pencils. 

Bortle 6 area NE of Denver. viewed after moon set. 

T5, S2 

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 07:03 AM

Were u able to see the triangle of dust that comes out the "top" of the "bird" as in opposite the trapezium?

I could easily see it with amazing detail in bortle 6, no filter

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 07:28 AM

very nice work , thanks .

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 10:31 AM

Sean,  A very good looking sketch of M42.


Frank :)

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 02:41 PM



Good sketch of M-42 smile.gif .




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Posted 27 October 2020 - 07:10 PM

Very nice Sean!  Now here I was thinking I must be the only one who sets an alarm to get up and go out and set up...I am glad for the company.  It's quite an object, M42!!

Regards and clear smoke free skies,


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