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    Default The final leg from 4°N latitude



    Thought I was going to take a break from AP for a while after completing the M80. My M40 trek lasted from 19 Oct 2014 till 20 May 2015, 7 months total. The M80 award took 9+ months as the objects got smaller & dimmer! It's the last leg now as I approach with a bit of apprehension.

    81) M40 or Winnecke 4, a double star in the constellation Ursa Major. Why is this even in the list ! 27th February 2016, 12:49 am. Sony A7SII in APS-C mode, Skywatcher 120ED Pro on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Stacked from 11 RAW lights, 3 darks, 6 flats of ISO 1250, 30 seconds.

    CS2-1.jpg
    My first ever tryout of the 120ED on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Was a bit worried about the load issues, but it was mostly alright. Might have to get started on the Autoguider though, since keeper rate was a bit on the low side.


    82) M108 the Surfboard Galaxy, also in the constellation Ursa Major. 27th February 2016, 1:24 am. Sony A7SII in APS-C mode, Skywatcher 120ED Pro on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Stacked from 41 RAW lights, 7 darks, 9 flats of ISO 1250, 30 seconds.
    CS2-1.jpg
    I actually got M97, the Owl Nebula right at the top right corner, which was actually the last object in my M80 challenge. With more light frames here, it looks more well-defined, and the FOV is narrower on the 120ED but I'll give it a go again later.
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    Default Re: The final leg from 4°N latitude

    Nicely done!
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    Default Re: The final leg from 4°N latitude

    Nice job Roger! I had the same question regarding M40. It's hard to understand the reasoning behind this one. Good luck on the final leg of your Messier quest! You're almost there!
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    Thanks, Ed. I think it was a mistake on Charles' part :-) to make it worse, stellarium on android doesn't have it listed, so I had to resort to my Windows version to figure out where it was!
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    Default Re: The final leg from 4°N latitude

    Dang, Roger! You don't waste any time!

    As for M40, ol Charlie was simply investigating reported nebulosity by Hevelius. Finding none, it made for a fine addition to his "don't go there, it ain't worth it" list, just like all the other not-comets. Makes no sense today, but back then, par for the course.

    M97 looks like he's photo bombing M108.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Dang, Roger! You don't waste any time!
    Well, Thor was quite obliging for once, and I try never to look a gift horse in the mouth hahahah

    As for M40, ol Charlie was simply investigating reported nebulosity by Hevelius. Finding none, it made for a fine addition to his "don't go there, it ain't worth it" list, just like all the other not-comets. Makes no sense today, but back then, par for the course.
    These days, if Charlie tried something like that, I'm pretty sure he'd be kicked out of the alumni !

    M97 looks like he's photo bombing M108.
    LOL he surely does !!
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    Default Re: The final leg from 4°N latitude

    Nice start to a sure finish.

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    Great work, Roger - thanks for sharing!
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    83) M109 the Vacuum Cleaner Galaxy, in the constellation Ursa Major. 27th February 2016, 11:56 pm. Sony A7SII, Skywatcher 80ED Pro on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Stacked from 40 RAW lights, 16 darks, 8 flats of ISO 1250, 30 seconds.
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    84) M85 in the constellation Coma Berenices. 28th February 2016, 1:27 am. Sony A7SII in APS-C cropped mode, Skywatcher 80ED Pro on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Stacked from 31 RAW lights, 5 darks, 9 flats of ISO 1250, 30 seconds.
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    85) M87 in the neighboring constellation Virgo. 28th February 2016, 1:55 am. Sony A7SII in APS-C cropped mode, Skywatcher 80ED Pro on the unguided ZEQ25GT. Stacked from 19 RAW lights, 9 darks, 9 flats of ISO 1250, 30 seconds.
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    Interesting to see part of the Markarian's Chain to the left .. will try to get the chain centered next time round
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    Well done Roger! Congrats on making 80! Onward to 110!
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