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    Default First clear night last night and what a sight



    Hi all
    Well well and truely hooked now . Last night was the first real clear night since Xmas that I've been able to get the scope out . So booted the lap top up and started stellarium and found Jupiter started as just a bright spot then with a little patience it's moons came into focus . Then just when I thought I'd done well I managed to see jupiters stripes. Was I impressed? Hell yeah I was. So played around with the eye pieces and found the 6mm far to hard to focus and the 20mm didnt show much more than the naked eye . I also found the 3x Barlow very difficult to get any where near a good image.
    So anyways another clear night tonight gonna try looking for satellites tonight . Was thinking about nebula but don't know what I'd be looking at as I tried looking for the great Orion nebula . As it was on the laptop am I jumping the gun here?
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    Great that you were able to get out. Give the Great Orion Nebula a try while it's still visible. Don't know what telescope you have but typically you will see a light gray smear of light with some stars in it. One area of the nebula is called the trapezium. At low levels of magnification it can look like one star but with some magnification you will see four stars and on good night maybe six if your telescope is large enough.
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    Hi,
    likewise it was a great clear night in Cornwall had great views of Jupiter and 3 moons, the Great Orions nebula was stunning as was Pleiades. Good luck for tonight.
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    Oh,
    look for the 3 stars of Orions belt (south), the nebula is just below these it looks like a dusty vague thing but through your scope it will come to light! I saw 4 stars in the trapizium with my Meade etx90.

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    Hey Ray. I'm not sure what you meant by "As it was on the laptop..."?

    Are you asking if the Orion Nebula will look like it does in a photo on the laptop? If so it won't be in color but it should be pretty obvious when you locate it I think.

    To me it looks more impressive initially at a low power with a greater field of view. If you have binoculars try locating it first. Once you have it located I'd do as suggested above and use more magnification to see the detail in the trapizium.

    It's easy to find assuming you know the general location.

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    I got some great views for the first time in weeks! A fantastic tour of the sky including The Orion Nebula, The Pleiades, Jupiter, and even Mars looked quite good despite it being near the Moon. Had a nice glass of whiskey to celebrate!
    Hope we get clear skies again tonight!

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