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    From my green area I managed to spot M51 in an 80 mm refractor, hard at first but then easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevali View Post
    Your avatar is M33, is it not? Have you ever spotted the emission nebula NGC 604 inside it? It's challenging but doable even in a 6" aperture from a reasonably dark area (limiting magnitude around 5). Again, it takes a little planning and perseverance. It's a little easier to detect though than the similar but broader emission nebula in the Andromeda galaxy. Those would be two interesting (and challenging) targets for late Spring.
    Hello Antonino,

    I have several uncertain observations of NGC 604 with the Skywatcher and even with 25x100 bino. I'll be working on it in autumn, wher I have it high enough.

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    The next time I get out, I think I'll bring my reflector instead. Of the 25 Messier's on my current list, 22 are galaxies and one is a planetary nebula. Other than M3 and M40, a refractor is probably not the right tool for the job. I recently upgraded my SW with a MoonLight focuser so I'll get to try it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeverage View Post
    M101 is going to be a challenge unless you can get to a darker site. I viewed it the other night with my C6 and while I could determine where the galaxy was that was about all I saw - given the fact that it is a large object and face-on to us it's overall appearance in a 32mm eyepiece (47X) was a slight brightening on the background sky. Looking at the light pollution overlay in Google Earth it looks like you'll need to get at least 50-60km away from downtown Ottawa in order to have a decent chance of seeing it.
    Hello Kevin, hell all,

    the M101 depends on the clearness of the skies, but also on the magnification, and on the transmittance (%) of your EP. Regarding the dim DSOs, I have made good experience with simple Ploessls (4 lenses in 2 groups). They have less glas than the high-end EPs, but a high transmittance within a small field of view.

    There are some clear nights, I have seen the M101 with as small as Leica Ultravid 7x42.

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    It's generally much easier to see a target first in a larger telescope and then recognize it again in a smaller one. That's how I could identify NGC 604 in the 6" reflector, because I had already seen it in the 10" reflector, so I knew exactly where it was and what it looked like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevali View Post
    It's generally much easier to see a target first in a larger telescope and then recognize it again in a smaller one. That's how I could identify NGC 604 in the 6" reflector, because I had already seen it in the 10" reflector, so I knew exactly where it was and what it looked like.
    Thanks Antonino,

    that's true. I have recognized it comparing my viewing with the astrophotos. It makes a double with a foreground star. But I have not seen it as disc, as yet.

    We had in Bavaria not those skies in 2010, as used to have before.

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    Great thread guys - thanks! I'm compiling my first Messier "hit list" and I definitely have a few better ideas of what to go after now. All that's left is to wait for the weather :\

    I'm sure this has been answered in a thread before, but will any of these give a XT-10 any grief, or should they all be pretty attainable? (Barring heavy LP of course.)
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    Hello friends,

    yesterday night I have completed 34 Messier binocular galaxies with the M104 Sombrero. I have pulled out my 6incher - it was pretty bright, possibly the brightest galaxy in Virgo. Then I have taken my 25x100, and it was even nicer to watch.

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