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    Default Re: On the road again



    Excellent time of the year to be directing your gaze toward the SMC/LMC.
    Have fun and I look forward to your reports.
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Thank you Clinton. The unfortunate thing is that is would seem at this time of year this area suffers from a profusion of nighttime cloudiness, which I remember from two years ago. The abundance of glaring from ground lighting around me also messes with the contrast. Though NGC 2070 can be easily seen in the 10x50s and of course the scope, the LMC in which it resides was not really seen itself. I am hoping I can indeed pick up some of it this time around. The SMC is pretty much behind trees by the time I get off work. But I hope I can sneak out of the office for a quick look using the binoculars before I get off while it is above the trees, or at least visible through the branches!
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    The scope you have with you should still show plenty in the LMC.
    There are many bright nebula to chase down and it's cluster heaven.

    Another fine binocular treat is the cluster with a mouthful of a name,Omicron Velorum or IC 2391.
    From my skies I just see the very brightest star in the group naked eye.
    And as you know, Vela has plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy the time you do manage under the stars and I look forward to reading the reports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    The scope you have with you should still show plenty in the LMC.
    There are many bright nebula to chase down and it's cluster heaven.

    Another fine binocular treat is the cluster with a mouthful of a name,Omicron Velorum or IC 2391.
    From my skies I just see the very brightest star in the group naked eye.
    And as you know, Vela has plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy the time you do manage under the stars and I look forward to reading the reports.
    Thanks again Clinton. The biggest issue I face is that both the LMC and SMC are still low in the sky for me. With the trees I have to deal with, the marine layer and general murkiness this time of year, it can indeed be difficult with the diffuse objects. But I will certainly give it a go whenever conditions will allow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    Thanks again Clinton. The biggest issue I face is that both the LMC and SMC are still low in the sky for me. With the trees I have to deal with, the marine layer and general murkiness this time of year, it can indeed be difficult with the diffuse objects. But I will certainly give it a go whenever conditions will allow.

    Case in point, tonight I tried after work and the best I could do was align the Rigel on Canopus, get a quick glimpse of M42 overhead and IC 2391(observed and reported during previous trips) with the binoculars. Wave after wave of clouds swept through my small patch of open sky after a day that was mostly clear. All I got for my trouble was aggravation and being soaked in sweat from the humidity!

    In the short time I've been here, the nighttime cloudiness seems more prevalent than I recall two years ago during early January. I need to check my reporting from then to see what I was dealing with. Regardless I will continue to persevere and hopefully get some opportunities over the coming couple of months.
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    Achernar is a cool star, it has a high rotational speed and hence is flattened. I last saw it from the Temple of Horus at Edfu when I was in Egypt and doing some late research work there. Love to see it again. Good luck on future eves Alan.
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    Clear Skies Alan! I wonder how 4.5" newt will measure up to the fine optics of ED80.
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    Hi Alan,

    Very exciting. I followed your adventures last year and am looking forward to this new brace of observations. I'm also keen to see how the newt performs.

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    Achernar is a cool star, it has a high rotational speed and hence is flattened. I last saw it from the Temple of Horus at Edfu when I was in Egypt and doing some late research work there. Love to see it again. Good luck on future eves Alan.
    Thanks Michael. I agree that Achenar is an interesting star. Not to mention quite beautifully blue-white to the naked eye.

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    Clear Skies Alan! I wonder how 4.5" newt will measure up to the fine optics of ED80.
    Thanks Andrey. On brighter objects I suspect they will perform similarly, based on my comparison at home about a year ago. What I hope is that the little extra light grasp will help me pick up some of the brighter galaxies here through the murk of the marine layer, that I have missed previously with the 80mm. Of course, the sky has to give me a fighting chance to find out. I am hopeful the opportunities will come eventually.

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    Hi Alan,

    Very exciting. I followed your adventures last year and am looking forward to this new brace of observations. I'm also keen to see how the newt performs.

    Ian
    Thanks Ian. I hope not to disappoint or be disappointed this trip. Keeping a positive attitude despite the initial frustrations.
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    Alan,

    Are you far enough to the south to be able to see the Large and Small Megallanic clouds, and IC2516 or are they too far down in the soup?

    EDIT - Ah, I see that Clinton mentioned those. Not familiar with the code.
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