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    Question Galaxy Seeing



    Hi all, In a couple weeks I will be visiting the closest dark site to me, which is just south of a rural town in Western Australia. I am mainly looking for nebulae and galaxies, and I am also bringing a friend who just bough a small 4" scope. Im making a list of DSOs to observe and take photos of, and I have a few questions:
    At a decently dark sky, would and 8-inch dob be able to see spiral structure in galaxies, mainly M83?
    Should my friend bring his 4" scope or won't it be worth it?
    Is it worth bringing the AP setup as well?
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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    #1 The 8" Dob will see spiral structure - easily.

    #2 Yes, your friend should bring his scope because it will be worth it.

    #3 My philosophy - Take everything with you (even the kitchen sink)!

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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    Hey, Tezz, some of us only have telescopes that are less than 4 inches!

    JT said it perfectly - bring everything that you can carry. Getting to a dark site makes everything so much better, you don't want to be thinking that you should have brought something. You'll want to be trying everything.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    Probably worth noting that Steven James O'Meara, author of the deep sky companions series of books, did a lot of observations with a 4" refractor - so yes, it's worth bringing along .
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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    If you have a pair, bring your binoculars also.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    If you have a pair,
    Oh I got a pair. A big pair.

    bring your binoculars also.
    I got those too.

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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    With an 8" scope many of the galaxies up there will start revealing spiral structure especially if you are under dark skies.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    No body answered your question about AP??? So...I will give you a two part question "Have you ever done AP and what equipment do you plan on using?

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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    I got started in AP a couple months ago, taken photos of 6 or so DSOs.
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    Default Re: Galaxy Seeing

    I agree with JT n Jim. Take everything you have that you can see stars through and enjoy the observing in a nice dark location.
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