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    Default NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?



    When NGC 457 and I met for the first time several years ago I immediately thought of some sort of little funny guy. After some thought I concluded it resembled ET. ( although I had never seen the film). To my surprise more people thought alike, but the same amount recognized an Owl in it, and even an F-18 with afterburners.

    I must admit that the Owl and the F-18 are very convincing too.
    The simple sketch I made shows it the way I first met the sympathetic little extraterrestrial. Since others don't agree on the orientation, I added the way I see him too. But you are free to have another orientation or interpretation of course. Or do you see something else?



    As you can see I am not the best sketcher of extraterrestials. Never mind, it is a very nice little cluster!

    Thanks for watching!
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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Hi John, that is very well done! I have to admit, I never would have seen ET in that, but your sketch has me "seeing the light" so to speak. I can see an owl in it too, but the f18.... Hmmm, still working on that one

    Thanks for that, and have a great day!
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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Very nicely done. You can see all things you mentioned in your post if you look hard enough but I still prefer the owl or duck most.
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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Hello John,

    that's a very nice sketch, I like it!

    Myself, I belong to the group of enthusiasts, who are calling the ET Cluster:
    "The Cachina Indians Doll", whenever I can also see the smaller OC, the NGC 436, making the wrapped feet of the doll.

    So, through the small binoculars it is the ET Cluster, and through my big binoculars it is the Cachina Doll,
    as easy as it is, ha, ha.

    Thank you for sharing your sketch and comments,

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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Nicely sketched, John, and a fun extra-terrestrial sketch too.

    I always immediately see the owl and have yet to grasp ET. F-18 will be a new one to try for.

    One of my favorite open clusters.
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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    I've only observed it once (at a dark site) but it looked like an owl with outstretched wings to me. Great sketch!

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    Nice sketches John! I need to revisit to see what I see in it.

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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    I must be some kind of oddball, but I always see a lobster or crayfish. Still, thanks of the thoughts and sketches.
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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShorty View Post
    I must be some kind of oddball, but I always see a lobster or crayfish. Still, thanks of the thoughts and sketches.
    Hello MrShorty,

    the NGC 457 is rich on the nicknames, like Owl, E.T., Firefly, Dragonfly, Kachina Doll (my favourite),...
    As 'lobster' is already given, The Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357 in Scorpius),
    I take your Crayfish as another nickname for the NGC 457.

    Thank you,

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    Default Re: NGC 457. ET , Owl or Airplane?

    Hi John. A vert nice sketch of NGC 457. I don't care if they call it ET, Owl, or whatever, I like your interpretation of ET the best. Thanks for sharing your latest sketching work with us on here John, and keep the drawing pad dry.
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