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    Default Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus



    Got excited when there were no clouds Monday and the barometer was rising. There was probably a low amount of haze for May's higher temps. I was excited at the prospect of finding the brightest globular in the sky, and the galaxy with huge 1.5-2 million ly jets coming out of its central black hole. Thought Omega would be no problem, but 5128 was iffy. I found Omega Centauri by following a line from theta to mu or nu Centauri. It dwarfed M3 and M13! Very clear night. I went on a line to iota from Omega Centauri. 5°-6° above I saw a patch! Was that it, or was I seeing things? It has an arrow pointing at it basically. Of stars. It got brighter as it got higher. Really good conditions. I enjoy finding southerly objects.

    Tried PANSTARRS and didn't see it at first. It was hard to see it was so close to Errai. It is dimming.

    Was at one of my observing sites taking a walk at sundown, eventually Sirius and Jupiter came out. But what was that bright star? Pulled out phone and identified Venus. Hadn't seen that in a while.

    Almost had 5676 in the finder when I heard footsteps. Was it hogs? I jumped in the bed of the pickup truck. Maybe a coyote or skunk. Who knows. Cougar and maybe bear out there. later in the evening the coyotes started howling a few hundred yds.away. Pretty cool.

    Pretty sure I saw 5248 in Bootes. Not so sure about 5676 but pretty well confirmed it last night. More haze, Centaurus was tougher although conditions were clear. Omeg centauri not nearly as impressive, 5128 tougher to see.

    I looked at the Virgo cluster quite a bit. Saw 4526 and was surprised when 4535 came in to view! Didn't think I could see it with 4". Also found 4570, which was dimmer, interestingly. Also saw 4435 or 38, maybe both, near M 86. Think I picked*upa faint patch there in binoculars.

    Tried 6207 not sure if I saw it. Probably need more mag.

    Saw a bunch of other stuff too, mostly in binoculars.

    Seeing poor, transparency probably pretty good. Nice evening. Used 15x70, 4" f/2.8 20x. 30x, 20x80

    Thanks to KT4HX for 5676 suggestion and J.Gadarvsky for 6207
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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Great report Andro,

    Omega Centauri can be an awesome site to see under really clear skys. A little over a week ago I cought it from my back yard using my 12" DOB. It literally filled a 20 mm eyepiece. I observed it for at least 30 minutes. Centauri A was also spectacular that night. I know what you mean about the critters being out, I have wild hogs around my property as well as plenty of other critters. I always take my dogs with me on the property at night as they will detect them way before I do and start barking. That usuall does the job.

    About 25 years ago I was at a State Park doing some astrophotography when I had a strange enocunter. I was sitting on a bar stool that I allways used for viewing, looking through my offaxis guider doing a long exposure of some deep sky object with a towel over my head and the back end of my old B&L 8000 when I felt something rubbing against my leg. I just ignored it as I didn't want to mess up the shot that I already a lot of time into. After about 10 minutes when my timer went off I took the towel off my head and looked down to my suprise and saw a skunk happly rubbing back and forth across my leg and boot just like a cat would do. I slowely slipped off the stool and eased away from the scope and into the cabin I had rented. The skunk never sprayed me or anything and finally wandered away.I remember it as one of the highlights of the entire trip.

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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Hahaha I'd be on top of the truck if something started doing that I think! Skunks don't spray as much as you'd think. I still give them room. Hats off for saving the shot!

    Yeah I worry about hogs but mostly enjoy it. Theyre usually loud. Its usually nice out when it's clear.

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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Great report, enjoyed it! Omega Centauri is a favorite for me too. Beautiful in binoculars as well with a cool star pattern nearby that looks like a "big dipper"
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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Thanks, glad you liked it! Might have to check out that star pattern

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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Quote Originally Posted by andro-mike-eda View Post
    Got excited when there were no clouds Monday and the barometer was rising. There was probably a low amount of haze for May's higher temps. I was excited at the prospect of finding the brightest globular in the sky, and the galaxy with huge 1.5-2 million ly jets coming out of its central black hole. Thought Omega would be no problem, but 5128 was iffy. I found Omega Centauri by following a line from theta to mu or nu Centauri. It dwarfed M3 and M13! Very clear night. I went on a line to iota from Omega Centauri. 5°-6° above I saw a patch! Was that it, or was I seeing things? It has an arrow pointing at it basically. Of stars. It got brighter as it got higher. Really good conditions. I enjoy finding southerly objects.

    Tried PANSTARRS and didn't see it at first. It was hard to see it was so close to Errai. It is dimming.

    Was at one of my observing sites taking a walk at sundown, eventually Sirius and Jupiter came out. But what was that bright star? Pulled out phone and identified Venus. Hadn't seen that in a while.

    Almost had 5676 in the finder when I heard footsteps. Was it hogs? I jumped in the bed of the pickup truck. Maybe a coyote or skunk. Who knows. Cougar and maybe bear out there. later in the evening the coyotes started howling a few hundred yds.away. Pretty cool.

    Pretty sure I saw 5248 in Bootes. Not so sure about 5676 but pretty well confirmed it last night. More haze, Centaurus was tougher although conditions were clear. Omeg centauri not nearly as impressive, 5128 tougher to see.

    I looked at the Virgo cluster quite a bit. Saw 4526 and was surprised when 4535 came in to view! Didn't think I could see it with 4". Also found 4570, which was dimmer, interestingly. Also saw 4435 or 38, maybe both, near M 86. Think I picked*upa faint patch there in binoculars.

    Tried 6207 not sure if I saw it. Probably need more mag.

    Saw a bunch of other stuff too, mostly in binoculars.

    Seeing poor, transparency probably pretty good. Nice evening. Used 15x70, 4" f/2.8 20x. 30x, 20x80

    Thanks to KT4HX for 5676 suggestion and J.Gadarvsky for 6207
    If you go to the Wiki onsite here for Omega Centauri I've written up a guide (with pictures) on how to find this stunning object. Obviously be wary of any of my directions as I assume a Southern Hemisphere viewing angle.

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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Your directions are fine but can't see Hadar or Rigil Kent from here

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    Default Re: Omega Centauri, 5128, Bootes Galaxies, Virgo Galaxies, Panstarrs, and Venus

    Hello Mike,

    thanks for sharing your amazing observing session,

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    Great report mate!!!!
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    Keep up the good work Mike, and watch them hogs!
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