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    Default nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019



    Snow was finally gone so I had hoped to set up a scope. Unfortunately a social engagement and errands ran late so I did not get home until the skinny rump end of twilight. Thus a scope was a no go. However there was no Moon yet and things were looking good so I went out with the Nikon 10x50s. Conditions were clear with above average transparency and average seeing. During the session transparency was variable ranging from below average pockets to the nominal above average.

    I did most of the usual things that I’m likely boring you to death with so I will simply list without commenting except where there is something more interesting to report. I had to do a few indoor warm-up sessions since the temperature was already well below freezing and driving toward the teens.

    Open clusters: the Double Cluster, M35-38, Praesepe, Hyades Pleiades, NGC 2264 (the Christmas Tree), and NGC 2238 (Rosette). I did a sweep of CMa open clusters just for grins and did not bother to identify.

    The observation of the Pleiades was notable since the nebulosity was detectable with surprising ease. Don’t tell me it was scattered light. The Hyades weren’t showing any nebulosity! The asymmetry of the nebulous extension from Merope gives it away. NGC 2264 showed a stronger hint of nebulosity than did NGC 2238.

    Nebulae: M42 and M43 were gorgeous. In the Nikons it is clear why Messier designated them as separate objects. M1 the Crab was easy. Also detected were IC 405 (the Flaming Star). Already mentioned the Fox Fur and Rosette with the associated open clusters. While in the neighborhood I hunted for Barnard’s Nebula, the bright host of the Horsehead and Flame Nebulas for grins and failed.

    Galaxies: M33 was easy to find and showed a detail! I IDed two entities as stars (HD9483, HD9687). The third was also point like and I believe it to be the 12th magnitude NGC 604 a large star-forming region in M33 which appeared as a fainter star just outside the main nebulosity and had the right position with respect to the field stars, especially the other two mentioned on my chart.

    M31 was also easy to find and although dust lanes (visible with the SV ED80A) did not show M32 was also easy with persistent persuasion necessary to detect M110.

    I looked for that chromatic aberration problem that I found observing the Moon BEFORE the eclipse back on Jan 16. It seems to be confined to bright extended objects like the Moon. I played long with the Hyades pushing stars to the edge and did not notice a color problem.
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    Another nice binocular session nFA along with some nice targets. Good that you could enjoy
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    A really nice binocular session, not_Fritz! NGC 604 with 10×50's is amazing!
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Another nice binocular session nFA along with some nice targets. Good that you could enjoy
    Thanks. Tomorrow looks a decent if not great opportunity. Hopefully I can get set up in daylight as per usual. The errands were a necessary intrusion on observing time. I felt it necessary to get looked at for some troubling physical symptoms and got reassurances and a plan of action. I don't mess around with that, not even for observing.
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    A really nice binocular session, not_Fritz! NGC 604 with 10×50's is amazing!
    I couldn't believe it and had to whip out the app on my iPad to confirm in real time. I think that at that moment the transparency was quite good and NGC 604 was essentially stellar at 10x.
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    An excellent range of binocular targets, many thanks for sharing the journey.
    Your skies fare much better than mine where my 8" would be straining at some of those objects.

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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    Hello not_Fritz,

    and thank you for sharing your successful and highly inspiring observing session!

    The easiest section of the Barnard's Loop is the SE arc. It can be found when moving the binoculars away from M78.

    The NGC 604 is tough for small binoculars, unless the foreground stars 1.5arcmin to SE and about 2arcmin to south, are identified. The NGC 604 makes then a right angled triangle with these stars. UHC filter helps.
    I have not often seen the NGC 604 through the binoculars, just a few times, though.
    Through the binoculars with large exit pupils this nebula disappears in the NE spiral arm of M33.

    The Flaming Star IC 405 is another tough nebula for the small binoculars.

    Glad, you have enjoyed clear skies,

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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    A great evening out not_Fritz and an outstanding binocular session - congrats!
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    An excellent range of binocular targets, many thanks for sharing the journey.
    Your skies fare much better than mine where my 8" would be straining at some of those objects.
    I'm going to miss them when I move. I expect that for the first year I'll be "in town" and will need to drive to dark skies for sessions.

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    The easiest section of the Barnard's Loop is the SE arc. It can be found when moving the binoculars away from M78.
    Yes. I could not manage detection of M78 despite spending some time at its position. I tracked out radially both to the NE and SE with no success. Imperfections in transparency seemed to be preferring to present themselves in the SE sky.

    The NGC 604 is tough for small binoculars, unless the foreground stars 1.5arcmin to SE and about 2arcmin to south, are identified. The NGC 604 makes then a right angled triangle with these stars. UHC filter helps.
    I have not often seen the NGC 604 through the binoculars, just a few times, though.
    Through the binoculars with large exit pupils this nebula disappears in the NE spiral arm of M33.

    The Flaming Star IC 405 is another tough nebula for the small binoculars.
    The triangle you mention is how I verified the detection using mapping apps. The objects were well placed, at high altitude, which helped. Away from Orion the transparency seemed to be reliably above average.

    The inhomogenous patch of poorer transparency also affected the NE sky at lower altitudes, or there was a distant event with light pollution. I tried and failed to find M51 and M101 in that quarter.
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    Default Re: nFA's observing reports January 25, 2019

    I enjoy these binocular session reports. Thank you nFA.
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