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    For myself the Summer Milky Way streaching from horizon to horizon
    from Pupis through Carina to Scorpius as a thick band of stars, nebula and galaxys with the naked eye
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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Eta Carina is my personal favourite. However the Crux is a treasure trove of objects in or nearby! And she has two double stars you can split!
    Further more the Crux can be used to give you a rough estimation of where South is on the compass.

    I would love to see more of the Northern hemisphere and have a decent comparison to the South.

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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    The megallanic clouds are strictly southern hemisphere, hope I could have the chance to see those one day.
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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Try the Tarantula nebula, (NGC2070), It is an amazing watch considering that it is in a separate galaxy from our milky way. 160.000LY away in the LMC and still you can distinguish lots of nebula features.
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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Quote Originally Posted by musiclucho View Post
    I live at 4° north from the Ecuador and I have the opportunity to compare the view of both hemispheres continuously. Let me tell you that there is no other DSO as the great cluster in Carinae and also I haven't seen other globular cluster so bright and dense as Omega centauri. But of course, each hemisphere has amazing things and the most well known are in the North (or at least you can find more information about them)

    At this time of the year, I can have the majestic view of crux, centaurus and the big Argo Navis (3 constellations) together and the provides a good spectacular show in the sky (even I live in the City): lots of bright stars together

    I have some sketches on my blog pollutedskiesstargazing.blogspot.com, if eventually you want to make a tour for the sourthern skies

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    Just some days ago I decided to sketch a naked eye view of my southern polluted skies.

    This is it: Southern Skies Over Bogotá | Astronomy Sketch of the Day

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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Well, there's a clue in my handle! I'm on the side of those who regard 47Tuc as the most glorious globular in the sky. Not as big as Omega Centauri but more three-dimensional and, well, stunning. The constellation of Carina is my favourite area of the sky, spilling over with clusters (the Wishing Well being just one of the beauties). And of course it contains the Eta Carina nebula. On one memorable night of good seeing I saw the two lobes of gas coming off Eta Carina itself. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. We southerners are lucky than the plane of the solar system is tilted so that the southern hemisphere is looking more directly at the heart of the milky way.
    On the other hand, the north has its share of wonderful sights as well. M31 always lies in the murk close to the horizon for me, a barely discernible fuzzy patch. I've never seen Kemble's Cascade, or the Double Cluster, etc, etc.
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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Lots and lots, feel sorry for the people in the north

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    Default Re: What can southerners see that are better than the north

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer55 View Post
    Has anyone seen Rigel Kent? It appears to be the brightest star in the heavens according to my Sky and Telescope Pocket Atlas.

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    Rigil Kentaurus (Rigel Kent) or Alpha Centauri (Alp Cen) is the brightest naked eye star in the constellation Centaurus. With an apparent magnitude of -0.28 Its absolute magnitude is 4.34 and its distance is 4.37
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