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    Default I See Three Four Two



    Hello all,

    it has been looking like another Saturday as usual, breakfast, 12:30 coffee & cake,…
    However, at 13:30, Mr. Postman handed out a big parcel, whereas my wife has been back in the garden.
    I have arranged everything that she won’t see it, ha, ha.

    Shortly after the dinner, the skies have cleared, and at 20:00 I have been out in the backyard with the 25x100 binoculars mounted on the big Linhof (with the Royal seal) tripod.

    Following the inspiration from our Andrey Bigzmey and Jim Juno, I have decided to go for the red stars and some easy doubles in Lepus, and south of Sirius, as these areas of skies have just a short observing window above the backyard.

    The first one in the field of view of the binoculars has been the bright RX Leporis with its amazing orange/red color, spectral class M6.2II, and making a nice wide pair with Iota Leporis.
    Three degrees to its SW has been the reddish R Leporis, spectral class C7 (N6), this time very bright. R Leporis is variable 5.5mag – 11.7mag, hence go for it, it is spectacularly bright right now.

    Turning left at Lepus to find Sirius, I have first spotted the open cluster M41, 4 degrees south off Sirius. It has revealed at its center a pair of bright orange giant stars (spectral class K), truly an amazing view.

    The next has been the 17CMa binary with its red secondary at 43 arcseconds.
    It is a very nice binocular binary in a triangle with the 15CMa and 19CMa.

    The last binary of my choice in this area of skies has been the HJ3945, 2 degrees north off the open cluster NGC 2362. This binary has revealed an orange star clean separated at 26.3 arcseconds from an aquamarine star, spectral class M0/F0. A breathtaking color contrast, some people can see the F spectral class stars as blue-green.

    The last red star in this session has been the very bright X Cnc (C5 (N3)) red Carbon star in Cancer.

    At 21:00 the skies have revealed the Beehive cluster in Cancer to unaided eyes, and as my wife has been sleeping in front of the TV, I have opened the parcel, and took the new-to-me DOCTER Nobilem 15x60 binoculars in my hands, very curious how they will perform.

    One of the first objects has been the M3 globular cluster, close to the Bootes/Canes Venatici border. Immediately found, the cluster has revealed to my surprise a very bright glow.

    Then, I have turned these 15x60 binoculars towards the Bode’s galaxies pair, the M81 and M82 which have been close to the zenith, and so bright that I have been feeling like to stretch my arm to pull them down.

    After having checked out some other popular galaxies, I have inspected the skies in Perseus and in Camelopardalis.
    Having been well aware that the IC 342 galaxy (Maffei Group) makes often a trouble, as the Gods of Camelopardalis don’t like you to see it, I told me try it, give it a go, ha, ha.
    And I have been a bit in a hurry, as the gibbous waning Moon has been somewhere below the horizon, threatening to terminate my observing session.

    The stars pattern of the Stock 23 open cluster is the spot where you know where you are.
    Then, I moved north, leaving the Kemble’s Cascade to the left, found the giant BE Camelopardalis (spectral class M2),
    and moved slowly north to find at some 3 degrees distance the expected position of the IC 342.
    And bang, it has been there, the IC 342 galaxy, making an extended faint oval, but comfortably visible in spite of its very low surface brightness of 14.9 across its large size of 21.4 x 20.9 arcminutes. Its total apparent brightness is 8.4mag
    To be dead sure, I have also confirmed the IC 342 through the 25x100 binoculars.
    The IC 342 has been reported before through the binoculars as small as 7x50 (Brian Rachford, and others).
    It is also listed as Caldwell 5, and often regarded as one of the Caldwell challenges.

    This has been also the first light for the new-to-me DOCTER Nobilem 15x60 binoculars.
    A review will follow later.

    Thank you for reading,

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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Thanks for the excellent report JG and quite an accomplishment to catch IC342 in 60mm binoculars.
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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    I am smiling here JG at the end of reading your report.
    I feel refreshed.
    Thank you for sharing with me your good times.
    I look forward to anything you might have to say about the new Doctor binoculars.
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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Great session and report JG! Thanks for reminding that binoculars are great on doubles and carbons to. My romance with doubles started after seeing Albireo in Buenos when I was a kid.
    Congrats on the successful smuggling operation!
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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Nice! A fun evening, JG! Congrats on the DOCTOR binoculars and may you not be hit over the head with them if they are discovered!
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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    Hello Mark,

    the 15x60 DOCTER Nobilem (Porro prism) binoculars are wide field (61°AFOV) binoculars with enhanced transmissivity from blue-violet (390nm) to deep red (740nm),and herewith they offer a very high color contrast, similarly to the other DOCTER Nobilem 8x56 binoculars. Hence, the O, B giants look bluish, and the K, M and Carbons look bright orange-red, in difference to other binoculars.
    They are becoming my complement binoculars to the 6" refractor, and the main binoculars for birding over the short distances from above 7.4 meters.

    As new from the discontinued surplus they are still expensive, APM Nature - Docter Fernglas 15 x 60 B/GA Nobilem
    I've got my pair as pre-owned from somebody living in the environments of the DOCTER manufacturing.

    Best,

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    Hi JG!

    What a refreshing read!

    I am sure that you really enjoyed the striking doubles and warm red carbons. When I look at a carbon, I am taken in by the long luminous star life they have had and how they are true jewels for us to enjoy in their elder years.

    The galaxies are another wow. A big wow, especially in binos.

    Your new binos sound sweet. Looking forward to your review sir.

    Sounds like you are blessed with nice skies and you sure enjoy them.

    Thank you for a wonderful report JG. Take care.

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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Nice first light with you Doctor binoculars! A memorable session with high end binoculars. Three four two is not quite an easy one!
    Very recognizable buying action too. I once let a Brandon eyepiece to be send to me at work.
    I hope you will enjoy the 15X60 Doctor. Thanks for the anecdote and the great report of your first light session! Congratulations on 342!
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    Default Re: I See Three Four Two

    Hello John,

    we both know how the IC 342 is hiding in the European skies, when not observed somewhere from a dessert,
    or from top of the Alps.
    I simply told me: try it or leave it.

    Thanks to you, and thanks to all for the kind words,

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    Great Session JG!
    Enjoy the DOCTER in good health. That's my way of saying "let's pray Frau Gardavsky never finds out".
    I would very much like to see the color transmission of the new acquisition. One of the reasons I own
    the Vortex 10X50's is I found the color in them better than Nikon (probably an unpopular opinion).

    I'm always amazed at what you can do with a pair of binoculars - thank you for the share JG!
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