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    Default Re: Observing report 13 April 2018



    Wow a very nice report. I really like doing my own follow up attempts when I see a great report and this will not be any different.

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    Default Re: Observing report 13 April 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by milanpicard View Post
    Os sorry i mistyped... HR3651. I hate these phones' tiny keyboards.... thanks fot all the info, Alan!
    Okie dokie, thanks for the correction. Just to show you the variety of star catalogues out there (and this is by no means all of them), I have included all the identifiers for it listed in Sky Tools 3. Enjoy the ride!

    HD 79108 (Henry Draper Catalogue)
    SAO 117492 (Smithosonian Astrophysical Observatory Star Catalogue
    PPM 155539 (Positions and Proper Motions Star Catalogue)
    HIP 45167 (Hipparcos Star Catalogue)
    BD +04 02139 (Bonner Durchmusterrung Star Catalogue)
    GC 12695 (Boss General Catalogue of Stars)
    TYC 00230-1035 1 (Tycho Star Catalogue)
    J091212.8+035201 (the first letter is simply for Julian epoch, followed by its epoch 2000.0 coordinates)
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    Default Re: Observing report 13 April 2018

    I reckon if we tried hard enough we could find a chart/catalog for just about every star in the sky.
    Some more obscure than others, it makes our observing sessions so much more dynamic with such a vast array of targets.
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    Default Re: Observing report 13 April 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    I reckon if we tried hard enough we could find a chart/catalog for just about every star in the sky.
    Some more obscure than others, it makes our observing sessions so much more dynamic with such a vast array of targets.
    Indeed Clinton. I suppose one could look at it from the viewpoint - why should one star (or object) have so many designations, to what end? But those are just indicators of our push to update and refine our knowledge of the sky as equipment and methodologies improve. It is also a sign that astronomers and astrophysicists seek to learn more and uncover previously unknown objects as they seek to gain a better understanding of our universe. We, as amateurs may not always understand or appreciate this aspect of the multitude of designations, but they certainly aren't the product of scientists with time on their hand who could find nothing better to do - there is/was a purpose.

    So a galaxy, such as Messier 82, may have other identifiers, like NGC 3034 (New General Catalogue), Arp 337 (Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies), MCG 12-10-11 (Morphological Catalogue of Galaxies, UGC 5322 (Uppsala General Catalogue of Galaxies), PGC 28655 (Principal Galaxy Catalogue). These various studies are an evolution of our collective minds. So while on the surface it may appear confusing, what we should see is the innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge as we try to come to grips with and understand all that surrounds us.
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    Default Re: Observing report 13 April 2018

    Great report, those sound like great targets.
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    It's always good to "trust but verify" the weather forecast. Happy surprises happen that way! Thanks.
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    Great report Clinton! Glad that you could get there and enjoy some viewing...clear skies!
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    Looking for Herschel 4591 in Skysafari I found myself suddenly in the Southern Hemisphere. Very common to you of course, but quite unusual for me. I kept on wondering around and suddenly it was one hour later. One might say that your observations were quite broadening!
    Thanks for your report!

    Tip: I have a mind-broadener too: Sky Safari 6 with the star surplus.
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