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    Default Ceres - Astroid #3



    I just bagged Ceres from the kitchen deck with my little 5" dob. It's just east of NGC 6355, almost directly south now (11pm). Stellarium has it at mag 7,3 making a line with two 7-8 mag stars just above. I put it on a dogleg about 30 degrees to the west, (measuring from the line of the pointer stars).

    With Juno and Vesta, this is asteroid #3. Can somebody confirm my observation please?
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    Figgerin' that, being as how the scope was already set up from my daylight observations, and warmed up from the astroid hunt, I decided to make sure I hadn't lost the touch, and located M2 and M15. I just estimated their positions from nearby stars, laid the red dot there, and I was a FOV or two away.

    Jupiter is about to rise for the second time tonight, so I'll spend a few moments with it, and then hit the hay. It's just turned 2AM.
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    Nobody to confirm my Ceres observation? I thought it would be a good challange.
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    I have never seen an asteroid, what does it look like in a scope?
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    i'm on the gulf coast.i had my first views in a blue zone rated sky sunday night.its been cloudy ever since.

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    Monsoon clouds came in and that was it! WW thanks for the info, I will try again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWookie View Post
    I have never seen an asteroid, what does it look like in a scope?
    Pretty much like a mag 7 star. It's only 13 degrees above my South horizon at midnight, so astronomers farther south have a better chance of seeing it.

    The first pic below shows where it is in the sky. Second pic shows how I saw it the evening of the 14/15 (and how Stellarium depicts it for tonight). The third pic shows how Stellarium showed it that evening. The close-ups are corrected for telescope view.
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