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    Default Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)



    Skies began clearing early Tuesday evening, with fast clouds moving inland from the ocean from time to time. I decided now was the time to begin my first “serious” observing session (i.e. seeking out new DSOs) for 2019. Brought out my Meade 127 NT (5” F/8 Newt):





    From my urban front driveway, there is an opening on the southwestern horizon (an apartment hides the southeastern horizon) and Fornax would be available for exploration. Between December 2010 and February 2012, I logged 18 galaxies and 1 planetary in this constellation from darker skies; I had not revisited this area since then.

    1. Chi 2 Fornacis or Harrington 2 (For, Ast, size=53’, RA=3h 27m 55s, DEC=-35° 50' 18") – IDSA plots this asterism, showing 10 stars ranging from mag. 6.44 through 10.0. The entire asterism is nicely framed at 32x; managed to pick up 9 out of the 10 IDSA stars. Given its DEC of -35°, too much atmospheric muck (and urban glow) to see anything beyond what IDSA shows. Because of its size (53’), didn’t want to take the magnification any further and view only a portion of this asterism, just for the sake of finding more stars.

    2. HD 23588 or Alessi J0345.0-2749 (For, Ast, size=50’, RA=3h 45m 3s, DEC=-27° 49' 18") – IDSA also plots this asterism, showing 3 stars from mag. 9.3 to 10.2. Using 58x, managed to see 3 more stars ranging from mag. 10.2 to 11.0. Again, stopped short of taking the magnification any further, due to the large size (50’) of this asterism. Clouds kept moving in and out of the field, so I had to constantly stop and start my observation of this group. Might be worth revisiting on another night.

    By this time, more clouds were moving in from the coast, so I took a break and went inside. A half-hour later, there were no more moving clouds and the skies were clear, but I was too tired (and cold) to continue. There are a couple more asterisms in Fornax on my list for next time…
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Glad to see you get out Terry and give your 127mm some light. Sounds like you well on the mend from the pneumonia. Interestingly, we were looking at one of the same objects (though at different times of course) Alessi J0345.0-2749. I was also dealing with muck, as well as clouds and my strongest light dome, but picked up the three main and perhaps one or two additional.
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    I look at these things this way:
    Looking in an Atlas and fantasizing about it is fun.
    Observing in real is more fun.
    Thanks for your report!
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Nice report Terry. The important thing is that you were able to get some scope time in. Also, hope you recover completely from you pneumonia soon. I've been dealing with a cough since last friday which is pretty virulent.
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Nice observation, thanks Terry!

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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    Glad to see you get out Terry and give your 127mm some light. Sounds like you well on the mend from the pneumonia. Interestingly, we were looking at one of the same objects (though at different times of course) Alessi J0345.0-2749. I was also dealing with muck, as well as clouds and my strongest light dome, but picked up the three main and perhaps one or two additional.
    Thanks Alan - I figured the extra aperture was needed (compared to the 114mm) for targets so far south. Unfortunately I still get outbursts of coughing, especially in chilly conditions or in the middle of the night.

    I live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, so fortunately there is no light dome on the southern horizon. Just an apartment building obstructing the SE view. Looking forward to observing again tonight, with better seeing conditions (at least there will be no clouds).

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    Thanks John, you're welcome! Observing in real is definitely more fun, but its better in warmer weather. At least the colder winter skies are slightly darker.

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    Nice report Terry. The important thing is that you were able to get some scope time in. Also, hope you recover completely from you pneumonia soon. I've been dealing with a cough since last friday which is pretty virulent.
    Thanks Michael, it was good to get back out logging and sketching new objects again - my last serious observing session was in September. Looking forward to recovering completely and live a normal life again. At least its nice being on vacation, even if house-bound for the most part (was supposed to be in Spain).

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    Nice observation, thanks Terry!

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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Nice catches Terry! I am recovering from a bad flu, so no observing for a week or two.
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Nice catches Terry! I am recovering from a bad flu, so no observing for a week or two.
    Thanks Jacques, good to hear from you again!

    I was out of astronomy since October, which is why I wasn't active on AF until recently. Mainly spent my leisure time studying Spanish for an upcoming trip to Spain which never happened because of my pneumonia (for about 2.5 wks now). Now that I'm on vacation house-bound, my interest in astronomy has returned.

    Clear skies for the rest of the week here in So Cal, so I'll be observing, despite some coughing. Sorry to hear about the flu and no observing - get well soon!
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Glad to see you getting in your first serious session of the year, Terry, even though it was cut short.

    I've yet to log a single object (new or repeat) this year. So far, 2019 is shaping up to be worse than 2018, and 2018 Sucked. With a capital S.

    This evening we get severe thunderstorms (with hail, and possible isolated tornado threat) followed by a winter weather advisory after midnight. Sheesh!
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    Default Re: Revisiting Fornax (2-5-19)

    Great report Terry!
    It’s good to see you were able to get out with the 127. Too bad the clouds interrupted things, but at east you logged a couple of targets.
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