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    Default wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades



    well after a really bad day of it today and work being not much better i was gonna just come home and drink beer to try and ease the aches and pains.

    So what did i do instead yup you guessed it , into the garden i went , mount on its concrete pad and the XLT on.

    it seemed a very very clear night with little or no atmospheric interference, no real twinkling going on.

    i tried to the south for starters tonight and found not a lot out there i could see.

    decided lets check Andromeda and yeap still there right were i left it and its tiny little shadow which I'm now thinking after looking at stellurium and the surrounding dots of light is actually M110, stick in the 20mm basic lens from the astromaster and it all goes a bit dark, again try the 10mm nope its rubbish for galaxies, back to the nice sharp 25mm

    so looking at the star map i decide I'm going to see if i can see the Triangulum Galaxy , and Mirachs Ghost on the way past , figured the Triangulum might be roughly the size of Andromedas shadow and roughly the same distance from Mirach as Andromeda but in the other direction, could i find it...........................nope nor Miracles ghost but then i did think was being a bit hopeful

    so I'm stood there gazing at the sky and see a cluster of stars low on the horizon just above the roofs.

    Stellurium tells me its the Pleiades, so line it up and view , indeed what a view , a view indeed, the 6 stars that look like a tail hanging down towards HIP17776 clearly visible so i knew exactly what i was looking at, the main stars had a just like the images I've seen a beautiful blue tinge to them.

    Im slowly getting how the scope works and which way the images are flipped for moving and star hopping, but the lessons i learnt from my teacher, boss and friend when i was a land surveyor work just as well when looking in the sky.

    the 20mm and 10mm on the Pleiades were good , not as crisp as the 25mm but still enough to still clearly show some of the details, confirming that they are ok for the 70mm but nowhere in the right league for the XLT and will be great for the moon as its bright.

    so after gazing at them for a while and listening to the hedgehogs having a slug feast , i called it a night , grabbed the cider i had promised myself earlier in the day , packed up and came inside.

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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Good stuff Rob!

    Mirach's Ghost may be a bit easier to spot than M33, thought the light from Mirach can wash out the Ghost some. You'll need good transparency conditions on either. M33 is best with a wide field of view. I first nabbed it with binoculars, and it's little more than a lightening of the background space, and it takes practice and failure before success.

    Good and dark is better on both though.

    Congrats on the Pleiades! Always a fun sight to see. If you can see those, go almost straight down to the brighter red star Aldebaran, then a bit up and rightwards to the Hyades cluster. Fun stuff!
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Nice, you got out! Yeah, M33 is a tricky one! I've only caught it with binoculars so must give it another go now it's a bit higher up!
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Hi Rob. I am glad that you got some viewing in recently. And, this is the only way to start learning the personality of your telescope and star hopping. Also, the Pleiades (M45) is a beautiful object, whether naked eye, in binoculars, or through a short focal length telescope. Thanks for your report Rob, and keep looking up.
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Thanks for the report Rob. Glad that you could get in another view of M31 and companions and of course, the Pleiades. Mirach's Ghost can be a bit tough as you kind of have to slew the scope so that Mirach is out of the field of view then try averted vision. M33 is very spread out and needs a low power eyepiece. About the only thing you will see is a slight change in the brightness of the sky background. One side is a bit brighter than the other and this helps in identifying it, and also perhaps tapping the tube slightly so you can see the fuzziness move around a bit as the eye is sensitive to motion at low light levels.
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Any bad day at home and work will brighten if the ol' scope begs you to take a gander at the sky.
    I'm glad you got some Rob.
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    I've been waiting most of the year for Pleiades to come back. Not only one of my favorites to point out to others but it also means that the Great Orion Nebula isn't far behind!!!

    Nice report and good luck next time on Mirach's Ghost
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    It's amazing how easily low surface brightness objects like M33, M101, or the Helix Nebula can be washed out by poor transparency, and especially, light pollution. Folks have been describing their frustration with such DSOs for decades. On the other hand, it is equally amazing how EASY these objects are to see in truly dark, transparent conditions, even with 7X50 binoculars. It's all relative. Viewing these objects under poor conditions should be seen as a real challenge and accomplishment, IMO.
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    Default Re: wasn't going out tonight - Pleiades

    Great report! I finally caught The Pleiades the other night. Nice to see an old friend.
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