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Thread: S70 (finally!) - Almost bringing this baby home!

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    Default S70 (finally!) - Almost bringing this baby home!



    14/05/2018
    Itajubá - MG, Brazil
    Temp: 13°C
    Humidity: 80%
    Clouds: Clear
    Seeing: Not Good
    Transparency: Good
    Equipment: Orion XT8 Classic
    Moon: Below Horizon

     
    So, Earth did me a huge favor this last few months and got out of the way of some S objects! Time to pursue the S70 award again! Here we go!

    NGC6235
    Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus
    Mag +9.97
    Size: 5.0’
    Altitude +64°
    EP: X-cel 25mm
    Time: 23:35


    A very small GC, just a faint smudge with no observable individual stars, this looks like something you’d see sprinkled in Virgo more than an actual GC. Quite weird little object, not that fascinating.

    NGC6231
    Open Cluster in Scorpius
    Mag +2.59
    Size: 14’
    Altitude +60°
    EP: X-cel 25mm
    Time: 23:42


    Well, it’s been a while since I’ve seen such a beautiful Open Cluster. I got a little stunned and forgot to switch from the finder to the EP . This region on the tail of the Scorpio really is amazing, a very nice view at 6x on the RACI and good details at 48x on the EP. The cluster itself has a ton of white and bluish stars and two dark lanes between them, dividing it in three streams of little diamonds. I could make out a 6 shape on the upper stream. Very nice object!

    NGC6302 a.k.a the Bug Nebula
    Planetary Nebula in Scorpius
    Mag +9.69
    Size: 1.4’
    Altitude +62°
    EP: X-cel 25mm, X-cel 9mm
    Time: 23:56


    This is a weirdo, isn’t it? When I got to the spot I was sure I had made a wrong turn and had the wrong target at the EP. A planetary nebula that doesn’t have the shape of a planet?! In the end I was looking at the right thing. This is a planetary that looks like a small ball spitting out two jets of material from its poles! How cool is that?! It has an hour glass shape to it, with a brighter center and fainter jets, but definitely an elongated shape. A very dramatic object for sure!

    NGC6281
    Open Cluster in Scorpius
    Mag +5.40
    Size: 8.0’
    Altitude +64°
    EP: X-cel 25mm
    Time: 00:02


    A rectangle of stars of different magnitudes, with one of its sides not perfectly complete. I counted around 30 stars in it, but aside from the geometrical shape it didn’t impress me much…

    NGC6397
    Globular Cluster in ARA
    Mag +5.73
    Size: 31’
    Altitude +50°
    EP: X-cel 25mm
    Time: 00:13


    A beautiful and classic looking GC, tight at the center and loose at the edges with hundreds of stars in it. It really reminded me of M4, but maybe a little bigger. This would definitely be an M object if it was not as down south as it is.

    NGC6193
    Open Cluster in ARA
    Mag +5.19
    Size: 14’
    Altitude +61°
    EP: X-cel 25mm
    Time: 00:21


    This object strikes me as a petit Scorpius tail with a double star in its center. It looked like a nice small cluster with an interesting shape to it. According to SS5 there should be some nebulosity in this area, but I couldn’t see any.

    I finished up the night gazing at Jupiter, Saturn and the Omega Cluster. All three beautiful. Jupiter had a little less detail than when I took my last picture of it, but seeing was not that great, Saturn had one cloud band an easily visible Cassini division and the father of all GCs was magnificent as always…

    60 down, 10 to go! I plan on going to a dark site this weekend to finish up the S70 ( don’t tell the cloud gods )

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    Messier: 30/110, AF.net S110: 78/110

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    Default Re: S70 (finally!) - Almost bringing this baby home!

    Excellent report Allison!

    A few weeks back I picked up both NGC 6397 and NGC 6193.
    Both are well worth taking a look at. NGC 6193 also shows me no nebulosity, although it is a lovely cluster in it's own right.
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    Default Re: S70 (finally!) - Almost bringing this baby home!

    Wow! Great report Allison. I really enjoy your descriptions!!

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    Default Re: S70 (finally!) - Almost bringing this baby home!

    Excellent outing, Allison!
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    Tks for reading!

    If everything works as planned S70 report shall come next week!

    Fingers crossed!
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    Well done Allison! I am sitting at 67, just 3 more to go.
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    A fine session Allison, congratulations
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    Fantastic report thanks Allison. Your descriptions are - very descriptive and emotive

    Sadly my S70 has been stuck on 53 for some time. Looking at my list of targets a trip to a dark is required, hopefully coming up in September with an epic road trip west across the continent to Western Australia.

    Cheers and clear skies for the remainder of your challenge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macrob1 View Post
    Fantastic report thanks Allison. Your descriptions are - very descriptive and emotive

    Sadly my S70 has been stuck on 53 for some time. Looking at my list of targets a trip to a dark is required, hopefully coming up in September with an epic road trip west across the continent to Western Australia.

    Cheers and clear skies for the remainder of your challenge
    I'm glad you liked the descriptions Bob! As a good latino sometimes I remember more what I felt like looking at the object than what it actually looked

    Hope you have a sucessful field trip and end up your list as well!
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    Nice descriptions - enjoyed reading them.
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