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    Quote Originally Posted by kanadalainen View Post
    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.
    No problem Ian. I think you have a typo there as you mention IC 2516, which is a galaxy in Leo Minor. At first I thought you meant the cluster NGC 2516 in Carina, which yes I have seen. Then after your edit, I suspect you meant the Omicron Velorum Cluster, IC 2391 that Clinton mentioned, which I have seen multiple times.

    Unfortunately, with my local sky glow, humidity with marine layer and localized glaring on the property, I have not been able to see the LMC and SMC yet. As I mentioned I have seen NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula within the LMC as it is pretty bright and it was easily seen a couple years ago with the 10x50s. But not its host galaxy. Neither rises very high for me at 5-south latitude, so I am forced to look between tree branches for the most part and hope that I get decent conditions that will allow me to see something through the murkiness of the marine layer. Temps are high as is humidity, not conducive to prime observing. That just increases the challenge of operating with small aperture. I am sure if I could get out of town it would certainly be much darker, but my movement is limited due to work requirements, so I try to make do the best I can with what I am given.
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Alan, great to see you back in more southerly latitudes, this time with the 4.5" F/4.4 Newt. How exciting!

    I've been "out" of astronomy since early October and have only occasionally checked out this Forum. My last southern visit was a bust astronomy-wise (Melbourne last July); when I returned, the dovetail screwed onto the OTA of the Sky Scanner came apart. So I need to get tube rings for this scope.

    Hope you get plenty of clear skies from your equatorial location.
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    Default Re: On the road again

    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Alan, great to see you back in more southerly latitudes, this time with the 4.5" F/4.4 Newt. How exciting!

    I've been "out" of astronomy since early October and have only occasionally checked out this Forum. My last southern visit was a bust astronomy-wise (Melbourne last July); when I returned, the dovetail screwed onto the OTA of the Sky Scanner came apart. So I need to get tube rings for this scope.

    Hope you get plenty of clear skies from your equatorial location.
    Thanks Terry. That's a shame your dovetail came apart, but should be an easy fix. Time will tell as to how this trip goes.
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