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    Default M74



    M74 reaches its highest point in the South round 20.30 UTC in December. No Moon.....so...time for a little observation....

    12-12-2017

    Tonight a short impasse between the every day snow and rain showers. So outside, a bit of snow removal in my backyard and a quick check. Seeing was, of course, like the whole of November. Not really transparent. M33 fell for the 120mm Evostar, that is quite remarkable in my light polluted hometown, but M74 did not give in. Unfortunately.

    M42 was well lit ... by the Christmas lights in the neighbor's garden. November is quite infamous for its bad weather here, but beeing almost halfway: December is not getting any better ......:-(

    12-14-2017

    OK, once again.

    Right again between clouds. Seeing was better, transparency at the beginning of the evening all right, later it was significantly less, so I stopped then. Southwestern winds instead of northwestern. Whether a rule can be derived from that? I do not know. I often have better experiences with northwestern winds in terms of transparency. Seeing is the other way around. Must have something to do with the cold Arctic winds that come here across the Atlantic in the case of a northwestern current.

    Anyway, at 47-times magnification with a 19mm Panoptic galaxy M74 was noticed peripherally in my recently bought 120mm SW Evostar ED. A very slight discoloration of the sky background, with a barely recognizable, but still noticeable, core. But, oh, oh, oh, how difficult .....

    I was quite happy to see that the 120mm refractor did what he was supposed to do: to surpass my 102mm Vixen and 140mm OMC on DSO's!

    Santa : Clear skies for the rest of December?
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    Default Re: M74

    peripherally

    Translation: averted vision
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    Default Re: M74

    Fine report John, thanks for sharing your observations with us!
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    Default Re: M74

    Thanks for the fine report John and congratulations on the new scope! I used to say "peripheral vision" all the time but that was back in the day!
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    Default Re: M74

    Nice grab with M74, John!

    Transparency has been consistently poor hear most of the summer and autumn, typically offering one good evening per month for galaxy work. Sometimes the very clear nights are the windy ones too!
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    Default Re: M74

    Nice catch John. M74 can be one of the more difficult messiers.
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