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    Default Some good galaxy targets?



    I'm hoping to get out tonight to test out my new Baader Classic Ortho on some galaxies to hopefully show me some really nice detail. It's still dark and there'll be no Moon after midnight... Obvious ones to me are M51 and M104 and perhaps M101 to see if the spiral arms come properly into view. How about some more - any suggestions for some of the brighter galaxies that may show the spiral arms or other detail well?

    I'll also test it out on some globs - perhaps i'll gain a bit more definition the resolve down the core.

    With a bit of luck i'll grab a few extra Messiers too!

    Of course... the clouds have to participate and stay the heck away!
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Some of the edge on guys are fun and have some neat detail.

    I think some good candidates for you would be: NGC 4565, M81 and M82 of course, M64, M99, NGC 4637 "The Whale", NGC 4646, M63, M102...
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Thanks, Bryan! NGC 4565 "Needle" and "The Whale" (this is actually NGC 4631) look great!!! Just the job, thanks! M63 I observed the other night and rightly will be a fun comparison with the new EP.

    Can't find much information about NGC 4646... It's mag 13.39 and tiny 1 x 0.8 arcmin... You sure you meant this?
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Yeah, my thinker is moving faster than my typers.

    The Whale is 4631 and I meant to say NGC 4656, not 4646.
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    LOL.. No worries! Many thanks. NGC 4656 looks A LOT better Will be good to see if I can see NGC 4657 latched on to the end of it.

    All I need now is a beautifully clear dark sky and top notch transparency...
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    I would definitely recommend NGC 4565. Looks absolutely stunning at the eyepiece. May also want to try M108 the Surfboard galaxy.
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Thwarted tonight as being rather too risky with the wife being due and feeling rather different. Shame as it is beautifully clear out there! . It will have to wait for a little while I think!
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    I've been through the same thing Dave. One has to keep the priorities in order. But in my case, it kept me out of the hobby for years until I could share the night sky with my children - it took awhile but it was all worth it in the long run. Anyway, good luck and I hope you can get out soon.
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Yep, I'm with Michael. Gotta keep the priorities straight.

    Let us know if something exciting happens. After the fact, of course.
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    Default Re: Some good galaxy targets?

    Of course! . Can't imagine that we've got too much longer to wait...

    ... And those galaxies will still be around for when it's all calmed down again!
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