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    Default 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40



    DATE UTC: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40
    LUNAR DAY: 06
    LOCATION: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
    SUBJECT(S): M41, M47, Cr 121, NGC 1981
    EQ: BUSHNELL 10x50 Legacy WP Binoculars
    Notes: Found and viewed M41. Could see without averted vision but looked better with. STELLARIUM and my atlas Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas don't jive when it comes to the area around Cr 121 & Udra / Omicron 1 CMa (It is a nice golden star). Looked in on NGC 1981 and could see the crocodile. Easily found M47 as usual. The star cluster looked like nebulosity.
    TO DO LIST: Use a telescope to get a better look at M47's star cluster and to find M46.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

    Donald,

    Thanks for your report.

    M46 is very close to M47 as you have probably seen in Stellarium - same binocular field. But it is composed of much fainter stars and in binos. M46 looks even more like a faint nebula in low power binoculars than M47 does.

    M46 has a nice planetary nebula around one of the stars - telescopic only, not binos.

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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

    I just popped out again at 02:53 and added M44.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

    Your times were freaking me out until I realized you are using UT.

    The DST time change has my brain scrambled.

    Congrats on the views, Donald!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Your times were freaking me out until I realized you are using UT.

    The DST time change has my brain scrambled.

    Congrats on the views, Donald!
    Do you like how it is in a nice descending order? I have an astronomy book that recommends doing it that way.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

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    Do you like how it is in a nice descending order? I have an astronomy book that recommends doing it that way.
    Works for me! Good and clean and straight to the point.

    This is an example of one of mine and my typical format: Sometimes You're the Windshield, Sometimes the Hammer

    Though the sky has been so poor the past few months I am largely out of practice.
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    It looks good but you can set it up however it works best for you
    I would list what your seeing conditions and transparency are also.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Your times were freaking me out until I realized you are using UT.

    The DST time change has my brain scrambled.

    Congrats on the views, Donald!

    Although UT is the norm for formal astro observation reporting, on AF, I usually list my times as am/pm local time so that people anywhere can more or less relate to it without doing the mental gymnastics.

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    Default Re: 2019, March 12, Tuesday, 01:30 ~ 01:40

    Nice brief session Donald! I like your collection of small binoculars and telescopes, although the 15 x 70 is kinda big for binoculars.

    Just looked at M44 through my two 70mm scopes a few days ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    It looks good but you can set it up however it works best for you
    I would list what your seeing conditions and transparency are also.
    I normally do. I use Limiting Magnitude but it slipped my mind last night.
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