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Virgo Cluster: number of galaxies seen visually in a single FOV?

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#1 galazie

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 05:35 AM

On one of the exceptional quality nights at my location using a pair of 28x110 binoculars I saw 14 galaxies in and around the Markarian's Chain in a single field of view.

I just wonder what others' experience is in this regard.

Did I do well?
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Posted 02 August 2021 - 08:38 AM

I had 5 one night in a 0.84 tfov at 83x. That night everywhere I went in Virgo was galaxies. It was nice.  :)

 

 

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 09:24 AM

On one of the exceptional quality nights at my location using a pair of 28x110 binoculars I saw 14 galaxies in and around the Markarian's Chain in a single field of view.

I just wonder what others' experience is in this regard.

Did I do well?

 

     You did well.


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Posted 03 August 2021 - 01:37 AM

Yes, I think you did well, and Markarian's Chain is excellent. But I'd rather observe it with my 10" or my 14" than binoculars -- I'd rather have light gathering power than field of view.


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Posted 03 August 2021 - 03:00 PM

Yes you did. That area of the sky is filled with galaxies and how many you may see is only limited by your instrument's light gathering ability and field of view and the observing conditions. I think it one of the most rewarding parts of the sky for visual observers.


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Posted 04 August 2021 - 09:06 AM

With my C-11 and a 31mm Nagler (56 arc minutes field & 90x magnification) centered on M-84/86, I was able to fit 9 galaxies into the field.
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Posted 05 August 2021 - 07:16 PM

One night, a really spectacular night, I slewed my then fairly new 25" over to NGC 1275. I was astounded by the number of galaxies. Last time I looked at his group was with my 12 1/2" on a moderate night. I quit counting galaxies at 20...

 

This is pretty much what I saw. The large circle is an eyepiece overlay.  35 Panoptic. No Paracorr. 

 

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Posted 05 August 2021 - 10:30 PM

One night, a really spectacular night, I slewed my then fairly new 25" over to NGC 1275. I was astounded by the number of galaxies. Last time I looked at his group was with my 12 1/2" on a moderate night. I quit counting galaxies at 20...

 

This is pretty much what I saw. The large circle is an eyepiece overlay.  35 Panoptic. No Paracorr. 

 

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I can only dream...


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Posted 05 August 2021 - 11:49 PM

One night, a really spectacular night, I slewed my then fairly new 25" over to NGC 1275. I was astounded by the number of galaxies. Last time I looked at his group was with my 12 1/2" on a moderate night. I quit counting galaxies at 20...

 

This is pretty much what I saw. The large circle is an eyepiece overlay.  35 Panoptic. No Paracorr. 

 

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Wowwww



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Posted 07 August 2021 - 01:34 PM

Wowwww

...is right! I remember the night. Early 2000's. Limpia Crossing (adjacent to the Prude Ranch). Crisp, clear night with Perseus nearly overhead. Seeing and transparency were excellent. One of those rare nights that come along every once in a while. Glad I was there to take advantage.


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