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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?



    Good luck with the process Dave! You are correct of course, the galaxies will still be there waiting for you. Way more than any of us can observe in a lifetime. But that's ok, afterall, who would want to run out of new things to look at!
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    That's very true, Alan. Even with my "small" C8, I'm not going to run out of new objects to see I think very soon! From some very decent sessions with it recently it has put a stop to any aperture fever for now...
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Morning Dave. I hope you've been able to get out and see more galaxies. I'm hoping here soon to be able to see a few myself, if these clouds and rain would let up for a while. One place I've gleaned a lot of helpful info on galaxies and other DSO's is reading Bladekeeper's (Bryan) and KT4HX's (Alan) reports (and many, many others). Another thing I do is create observing lists in my Sky Safari app that are highlighted on the screen for me, and I've added several great targets from this thread! Right now M31 isn't really in a great position in the sky for observing and you may have seen it before, but it never ceases to amaze me to view M31, M32 and M110. Once we get over this rainy spell, I think I'll join you on this galaxy hunt. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Unfortunately not! Too risky for a long sessions setup now so it doesn't look like it's going to happen now until the next month with no Moon and even then there's going to be naff all real darkness at all so we'll see... I may manage a quick binocular session to see if I can nail down M7 tomorrow night as its forecast clear.

    I have started to add more observing lists into Skysafari... Very useful indeed except I can see this as ever expanding haha. So much to see and not enough clear nights / free time... . Your right indeed.. Bryan has become a machine on those galaxies! Alan's experience really shows when it comes to galaxies and is someone to really learn from regarding observing! One day... .

    From a recent thread I found it heartening to hear at least that aperture is not the be all and end all with the author Steve O Meara using a 4" scope with astonishing results regarding visual observation. That's hope for me yet...
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    And again, this website is excellent for quickly adding lists to Sky Safari: SkyGazerLists « Your List Awaits

    I can quickly key in a list in Excell (Notepad would work just as easily) and copy and past the list into the list converter on the website, and it will spit back out a .zip file containing the .skyfile. I then email that to myself, open the .skyfile on my iPad and the list shows right up in Sky Safari. Much more quickly that adding each object individually with just the app.

    You'll have to register an account though. Good stuff. I used to to cobble a list of 107 planetary nebula last night for potential moonlight adventures and an OIII filter.

    If anyone is interested in the planetary nebulae list, let me know... full of glorious beauty and some challenging ones...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davesellars View Post
    From a recent thread I found it heartening to hear at least that aperture is not the be all and end all with the author Steve O Meara using a 4" scope with astonishing results regarding visual observation. That's hope for me yet...
    By chance I've just been reading a bit on Steve O'Meara. Sorry to say it, but I wouldn't get too optimistic hearing reports of what he sees. This guy is superhuman! My bet is that if he can just discern something with a 4" scope, then I'll be able to barely discern it with a 10" scope.

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    Quite possibly he was born with super human eyesight! Id love to know how he got so good...

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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Me too, he sounds like an excellent observer. I'm very impressed with what he has been able to accomplish with a four inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    And again, this website is excellent for quickly adding lists to Sky Safari: SkyGazerLists « Your List Awaits

    I can quickly key in a list in Excell (Notepad would work just as easily) and copy and past the list into the list converter on the website, and it will spit back out a .zip file containing the .skyfile. I then email that to myself, open the .skyfile on my iPad and the list shows right up in Sky Safari. Much more quickly that adding each object individually with just the app.

    You'll have to register an account though. Good stuff. I used to to cobble a list of 107 planetary nebula last night for potential moonlight adventures and an OIII filter.

    If anyone is interested in the planetary nebulae list, let me know... full of glorious beauty and some challenging ones...
    Great! I was wondering how Skysafari gets the file to update on the iPad. I need to load the Herschel list(s)
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