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    Found myself awake at 3 am once again. Stepped up to the rooftop patio for a quick gaze at the stars. Who knew what surprises were in store?!

    Due south was the constellation Crux. Wow, I was gazing at the Southern Cross, something I never expected to see. My view was not great, as the wicked streetlight assails my eyes and washes out the sky in that direction and my light shields were not in place. But a wondrous sight notwithstanding.

    Also visible were the constellations Centaurus and Lupus. As I scanned Centaurus, I spied a fuzzy patch about 20 degrees above the horizon, easily seen with the unaided eye. What could it be? I went and got the binoculars. Holy Moly! A giant globular cluster! I had to come look it up: Omega Centauri, the largest globular cluster in the sky! Immense and beautiful even in low-power binos.

    Blocking the streetlight while still allowing an opening for the scope in that direction will be challenging, and I really need to get some sleep tonight, so I'm done for now. Tomorrow is supposed to be clear, and I might ask my friend if I can set up on his roof. Not sure how his views are from there. I wish I knew someone who lives a few miles east, up in the mountains. Well, I'm going to explore some options, but for now, goodnight!
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    Default Re: mid-night specials!

    Very nice outing there Mary. I was also looking at Crux and Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) last night as well. I have always found the Southern Cross asterism a thing of simplistic beauty in the night sky. And Omega, the first time I was able to see it in my 5 inch from Mexico a few years back, it was an amazing sight. It was nothing less that a gigantic explosion of stars. When you can point your scope that way you may also want to look for the galaxy NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A), which lay about 4.5° north of Omega. Centaurus is filled to the brim with fine DSOs, which of course show better the farther south one is. Have fun and enjoy the views down south.
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    Default Re: mid-night specials!

    Ngc 5139 is real crowd pleaser and I never tire of looking at this magnificent cluster.
    And.as.Alan suggests try for Centaurus A , it will be well worth the effort and reward you with a wonderful view.
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    Default Re: mid-night specials!

    Wow, what an early morning. Thanks for sharing the experience with us Mary. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: mid-night specials!

    Gotta love a very late/very early outing like that. It feels like you have the world completely to yourself.

    I've caught 5139 a few times from home, but at only about 6º high as it crosses the meridian for me, I don't get a very good view. I would love to see this glob at a more southerly location someday.

    Good luck this evening, Mary!
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    Wow what a treat that was I bet. I've never seen it with my own eyes. Congrats!
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    What a great report! I am surprised you can see Crux from Leelanau County. What is the latitude there? I may have to look South myself someday soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobharmony View Post
    What a great report! I am surprised you can see Crux from Leelanau County. What is the latitude there? I may have to look South myself someday soon.

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    I'm observing from my winter home in Mexico these days!

    Leelanau County is at 45º. Here in Barra de Navidad, we are at 19º, so I'm seeing things I never saw before. NCC5139, Omega Centauri, was at about 23º, plenty high enough for a good views. Crux was low: alpha Crux, the lowest star in the cross, was only about 7º above the horizon.

    Looks like another clear day, so I plan to be out tonight. Need to get my streetlight shields placed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    Very nice outing there Mary. I was also looking at Crux and Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) last night as well. I have always found the Southern Cross asterism a thing of simplistic beauty in the night sky. And Omega, the first time I was able to see it in my 5 inch from Mexico a few years back, it was an amazing sight. It was nothing less that a gigantic explosion of stars. When you can point your scope that way you may also want to look for the galaxy NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A), which lay about 4.5° north of Omega. Centaurus is filled to the brim with fine DSOs, which of course show better the farther south one is. Have fun and enjoy the views down south.
    Thank you, Alan. I am brainstorming places to view other than my roof. Objects low in the South are difficult due to a hideous naked LED streetlight on the next block. I can shield my view when looking elsewhere in the sky, but the &@*&% light is just below those low objects.
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    Thanks, Mary. That makes a lot more sense to me now, although it crushes my dreams . Enjoy the sights - and the warmth!

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