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    Default Southern Astronomical Delights



    I found a great web site. Very informative. This is aimed at southern observers.

    Home Page: Southern Astronomical Delights

    Article on the web site. The Great Orion Nebula - M42 & M43 (History and in depth description): The GREAT ORION NEBULA

    Article on the web site. NGC 5189 - The Spiral Planetary: NGC 5189

    I will definitely be going through the web site and see if I can track some of these objects down (weather permitting)
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    Default Re: Southern Astronomical Delights

    Something about that site looks familiar, so I think I've run across it before. I also have visited the ASSA sight as well. They have some reference material.

    ASSA | Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

    Specifically though, I observed NGC 5189 in May of last year while on a trip. This was in the 80mm, and I noticed an elongated brightness in the middle, surrounded by a diffuse halo using an Orion UltraBlock filter. Images definitely show this curved central bar structure, where the name Spiral Nebula comes from. It was one of the more curious planetaries I've observed.
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