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    Smile 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45



    DATE UTC:2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45 (Local Time 02:30 ~ 02:45)
    LUNAR DAY: 7
    LOCATION: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
    LIMITING MAGNITUDE: 3
    SUBJECT(S): Mel 111, Mini Cassiopeia
    EQ: BUSHNELL 10x50 Legacy WP Binoculars, RIO ULTIMATE BACKPACK BEACH CHAIR
    NOTES: Was able to locate Mel 111 very easily half way between Cor Caroli and Denebola. Mel 111 filled up the 6.5 degree FOV beautifully. I could see several asterisms like a tomahawk and a Was Sceptre. I was really hoping to be able to see NGC 4565 / Needle Galaxy but was unable to after many tries. I used my star hop to get to Chi Dra for viewing Mini Cassiopeia.
    Kochab / Beta Umi > Eta Umi > Keep going straight for about 8 degrees > Chi Dra > about 1 degree more > Mini Cassiopeia.
    I could see Mini Cassiopeia directly but it was faint. Averted vission really helped.
    TO DO LIST: Go after NGC 4565 / Needle Galaxy with 15x70 Binoculars then a Telescope.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    Congrats on Mel 111, Donald.

    If you are going for galaxies with binoculars, it is very much beneficial to have the binoculars mounted, if you do not already.

    I am also impressed that you've been granted two clear evenings in a single week! I mean, who does that?
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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    My book Binocular Highlights says that the Needle Galaxy is the brightest one near the cluster. I think that I read somewhere else that it is even brighter than Andromeda.
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    I waved at Denebola for Dr. Phlox but he may not have seen me.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    The Needle Galaxy is very impressive in a telescope, have never seen it in 15x70's. As Bryan suggested, use a tripod. Most galaxies are relatively small in the field of view of 15x70's as they might measure something like a few arc minutes across. The Needle Galaxy is 15.9 x 1.85 arc minutes so it is one of the larger galaxies out there. But the integrated magnitude is 10.42, so it is much fainter than M31. However, to me it appears brighter than 10th magnitude. Had some great views of it through the Z10 from the light polluted backyard. Thanks for the report.
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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
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    TO DO LIST: Go after NGC 4565 / Needle Galaxy with 15x70 Binoculars then a Telescope.
    Hello Donald,

    this has been a very good start of yours!

    The Berenice's Hairclip (Needle Galaxy) has been reported through the binoculars as small as 11x80 (by Joe Coe).
    I have 17 entries on this galaxy through my 25x100 in the log book.

    I did not try it with my old 11x80 in past, and unfortunately, I have sold these legendary 11x80 (Japan),
    to buy some eyepieces according to the reports on the CN, and sold these eyepieces shortly after the first use, ...
    There used to be times, when everyone felt to must have these 11x80 Japan binoculars, and without having them you have not been a guy to be taken seriously when not having these Joe Coe's bins,
    then came the epoch of Fujinons and Nikon Astroluxe,
    and now we are in the epoch of the BA8 big bins from Kunming China.

    The long rant short, I am looking forward to your report on the Berenice's Hairclip (Needle Galaxy).
    In the worst case scenario, you will see just the bulge of this edge-on galaxy.
    Whenever the Berenice's Hairclip is visible through the binoculars,
    so is visible the oval of the NGC 4459 above, and the little NGC 4494 to the right of the Needle.

    Happy hunting,

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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    Thanks very much for your report!
    Nice you have seen the little Cassiopeia.
    Be sure to put NGC4565 on the telescope list.
    Under light polluted skies like the Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude of 3 you mentioned, it is not really a very good binocular target. Under my 4.5 NELM sky I just saw it once or twice with a 10cm refractor. Bigger instruments were needed on other occasions! Still..it is always on my "to do list" Once spotted it is a very nice galaxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Baars View Post
    Thanks very much for your report!
    Nice you have seen the little Cassiopeia.
    Be sure to put NGC4565 on the telescope list.
    Under light polluted skies like the Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude of 3 you mentioned, it is not really a very good binocular target. Under my 4.5 NELM sky I just saw it once or twice with a 10cm refractor. Bigger instruments were needed on other occasions! Still..it is always on my "to do list" Once spotted it is a very nice galaxy.
    Thanks John
    My Limiting Magnitude (naked eye) is usually 4 but there was like some kind of haze.
    There are 3 different size Cassiopeia's. The one I viewed was the Mini Cassiopeia. I'm thinking that LACERTA is the Little Cassiopeia.
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    A nice session Donald, good luck with the next one
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    Default Re: 2019, March 13, Wednesday, 06:30 ~ 06:45

    Nice sessions, Donald! Looking forward to many more!!

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