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#1 PhilH

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Posted 01 December 2020 - 01:05 PM

Many stargazers consider Fornax, the Furnace, to be a constellation of the deep south, and therefore, invisible from mid-northern latitudes. While it is true that Fornax scrapes the southern horizon on early winter evenings, it does so at much the same altitude as Scorpius does during the summer. If you can see Scorpius from your observing site in July, you can see Fornax tonight. Assuming it's clear, of course!

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Posted 01 December 2020 - 02:00 PM

Excellent post.  I finally have two clear nights tonight and tomorrow but have a 97% illuminated moon tonight.  At 10 deg it is low, but I might be able to snag it.


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Posted 03 December 2020 - 05:40 PM

This was my hardest starhop to date, with no finder, a 91% illuminated moon and at 10 deg above the horizon.

 

I spent about an hour trying to find it, and only getting a glimpse of it with my 5" apo and 6.5 morpheus.  I tried to bump up the power to 234x and I just missed it in the fov somehow by being off.  I called it quits as I was 2.5 hours in at -5C and getting cold.

 

I only got a glimpse of the robin's egg color.  I hope to revisit it again here soon. 


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 03:26 PM

YOU'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO HIM.  PHIL HARRINGTON IS THE ULTIMATE AMATEUR.


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Posted 07 December 2020 - 02:55 AM

Most enjoyable post.  You make it easy and interesting to learn.


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Posted 13 December 2020 - 05:51 PM

Excellent post, thanks Phil. I still remember a night almost 10 years ago when I chased NGC1360 for the first time. When starhopping to the nebula I visited with my 80mm refractor several interesting targets. The night was very enjoyable, and thanks to this, I decided to write reports on interesting sessions to keep them in memory. This first report can be found here:

 

 https://www.fzu.cz/~...111229_AS80.pdf


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Posted 17 December 2020 - 08:32 AM

I have imaged this nebula one time and attempted it many times. My result came out pretty good, using a Nexstar 8SE, ZEQ25 mount, ASI294MC camera, Sharpcap 3.2 Pro and a little post processing to bring out the color and details!


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Posted 19 December 2020 - 03:48 PM

I have imaged this nebula one time and attempted it many times. My result came out pretty good, using a Nexstar 8SE, ZEQ25 mount, ASI294MC camera, Sharpcap 3.2 Pro and a little post processing to bring out the color and details!

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 08:00 AM

Here is my image of the "Robin's Egg" nebula, NGC 1360:

 

The detail seems hazy, because I over processed the image to bring out details, but the details were so over-exposed I had to soften the result.

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 11:49 AM

I've observed NGC 1360 a number of times, including from a location south of the equator.  It culminates at an altitude of 24 degrees at approximately 9:40 p.m. local time tonight from a latitude of 40 degrees north, as demonstrated in this screen capture (click to enlarge) from Stellarium.

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