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    Default Globular Clusters but no Galaxies



    We had clear skies again last night. So I broke out the 11X70s before I went to bed.
    I tried targeting the Leo Triplet again with no luck. I know that I was dead on them, but they were just too dim.

    I chased a couple of satellites around the sky for a bit when I spotted M13. I didn't think that it was high enough to clear the mountain to the East of me. I was wrong. Hercules was higher in the sky than I thought.

    Next I attempted to locate M92. I couldn't find it. I was sure that I was in area. I just couldn't find it.

    I swung over to M5. It was a bit dimmer and I had to use averted vision to see it. The cluster was lower in sky and I had to deal with a bit more atmosphere. But I managed to get a good glimpse of it.

    I spent a little more time trying spot the Leo Triplet again. Still no luck there. They were directly over Hood River, Oregon, so the lights probably diminished any chances of me seeing them.

    I decided to make one more attempt at M92. I found it almost immediately. It popped out from behind the tall cedar tree that I use to block the church's parking lot light. The tree was still in the view of the binoculars. But the cluster was clearly visible.

    All three globular clusters were to East of my location which points away from the town's lights. I think that this probably allowed me to find the clusters with little difficulty.
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    Default Re: Globular Clusters but no Galaxies

    Well it sounds like you had a pretty good night. M13, it doesn’t get much better than that! M92 and M5 are pretty nice too especially since you had less than perfect conditions! Pretty nice with 11x70 bins and you still have some time left to get the triplet! Congratulations!
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    Default Re: Globular Clusters but no Galaxies

    Nice catch of the three globs!
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    Good session!

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    Default Re: Globular Clusters but no Galaxies

    Good job on clusters Caddman! Aside from brightness most of galaxies are quite small, so they will be very tiny specs in 11x70.

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    Default Re: Globular Clusters but no Galaxies

    Quote Originally Posted by 10538 View Post
    Well it sounds like you had a pretty good night. M13, it doesn’t get much better than that!
    ... unless you head south: 47 Tuc and Omega Centauri blow M13 right out of the water!

    I reckon those 11x70's deserve a trip to Oz... !

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    (PS: Keep trying on the Leo Triplet: I have seen M65 and M66 with10x50's looking right across the lights of my home city Adelaide. NGC 3628 is a lot harder though... Good luck!)
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    Default Re: Globular Clusters but no Galaxies

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    ... unless you head south: 47 Tuc and Omega Centauri blow M13 right out of the water!

    I reckon those 11x70's deserve a trip to Oz... !

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    (PS: Keep trying on the Leo Triplet: I have seen M65 and M66 with10x50's looking right across the lights of my home city Adelaide. NGC 3628 is a lot harder though... Good luck!)
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