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    I'm not very experienced with astronomy and was just wondering what your favorite thing to look at through a telescope is? For example some people have a favorite sports star, gun, musical instrument, song, all kinds of different things.

    Just wondering if you had to choose one thing to look at and it was the only thing in space you could ever see again. It was the last thing you could see before you die what would it be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkmanmatthew View Post
    Just wondering if you had to choose one thing to look at and it was the only thing in space you could ever see again. It was the last thing you could see before you die what would it be?
    To compel myself to think outside my boxes, I want so badly to respond to your question with something other than the Orion Nebula (M42), but I can't. Those lustrous shrouds of gas and dust that are, as we post, forming new stars simply stand too alluring and stately in the darkness of space for me to deny it the honor you describe.
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    Second vote here for M42.
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    Last thing in space I could ever look at? Hmmm....

    Charlize Theron doing a tethered repair on the HST in nothing but a fishbowl helmet and moon boots.

    or....

    Jane Fonda dangling head-first over the event horizon of a black hole.

    It is so hard to choose, but definitely one of those.
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    I have two: M42 (Orion Nebula) because it was the first DSO I ever saw through a scope and I look at it every single time I observe if it's in the sky. The second is M1 (Crab Nebula) because it presented a real challenge for me to find after I got my first telescope. Second runner-up: M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

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    Ohh - look through the telescope - now there's a novel idea.
    I just attach a camera to mine.
    When I have looked through it I find the Area Around Eta Carina is very much as lovely as M42
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    Well, my 'thing' is open clusters...
    I always like to show non-astros ngc457, the Owl cluster - always gets an 'Oooh!', because it does really look like an owl.

    But personally, I've got a soft-spot for ngc7789 - sometimes known as Herschel's Spiral cluster.
    It's an illusion, there isn't any real spiral structure to it, but with the right aperture, the spiral illusion pops out.
    I've found that about 8" to 10" gives the effect from home (NELM 4.5 to 5) - or 6" to 8" will do it from a dark site.
    Or at least... to my eyes...
    The aperture needed to see the effect varies from person to person.
    Too little, and you don't resolve enough stars to see the effect - too much aperture.... you resolve too many stars, and the effect is lost.
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    To sit on dry grass, for the clouds to part, the power to go out and the sky to turn into a black velvet cloak pinpricked by the light of the cosmos.
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    But personally, I've got a soft-spot for ngc7789 - sometimes known as Herschel's Spiral cluster.
    6" to 8" will do it from a dark site.
    The aperture needed to see the effect varies from person to person.
    Too little, and you don't resolve enough stars to see the effect - too much aperture.... you resolve too many stars, and the effect is lost.
    The spiral is beautiful! The first time I saw it with my NexStar 6SE, from my nice dark site, I was amazed.

    To answer the question, though, my all time favorite is the sun. If I could only see one thing while leaving this earth, that would be it. It's exciting, powerful and always changing. Maybe I'm just drawn to the light! : )
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