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Observations 8/2/2013

First observation report for a while as I've been focusing on recording Magellanic Cloud tours. Interesting to look at a different bit of sky for a change! Interesting also to start having some decent transparency! Thanks for reading.

Observations 8/2/2013

Telescope 400mm f4.9 tri-dob reflector
Eyepieces 28mm UWAN, 17,13,9 mm Naglers, Paracorr
Navigation: Uranometria, Night Sky Observer’s Guide

Seeing good, transparency good

2230

Collinder 74 Open cluster & Barnard 36 dark nebula in Orion

135x Irregular 8’ dia. OC with 6 brighter stars and myriad faint ones forming a well delineated haze which stands out clearly against background including dark nebula Barnard 36, a 3.5degx 30’ N-S star poor area of sky

NGC 2022 PN in Orion


250X 30” smoky round soft-edged disc, with averted vision some brighter patches appear within and there may be a dark central punctum. No central star. Seems slightly softer and fainter on the western side. Brightens with both UHC and OIII filters, but no further structure seen.

NGC 2169 Open cluster in Orion


135x 8’x4’ cluster of 20 or so stars, some very bright. As the NSOG says, looks very clearly like the number 37


NGC 2194 Open cluster in Orion


135x 8’x5’ cluster of many mostly faint stars. Looks a bit like a cross-section of a steel beam.


NGC 2207 & IC 2163 Interacting galaxies in Canis Major


175x Overall 4’x2’ elongated E-W haze with 2 sections. To the west is NGC 2207 with a distinct core elongated ENE-WSW. IC 2163 is a 1’ brightening at the eastern side of the glow.


NGC 2362 Tau Canis Major Cluster



Magnificent!


PK205+14.1 Abell 21 “Medusa” PN in Gemini


90x Faint 10’ milky round glow to S of a triangular asterism. Brightens a bit with OIII filter


Comet Lemmon in Octans


90x . 7’ diameter coma with very bright core and 1 deg long 7’ wide tail to the north.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:22 AM
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Great read,

Thanks for posting Paddy,

I love your comment about Tau Canis majoris cluster " Magnificent ! ", couldn't have said it better myself. One of my favourite Open clusters.

Also, Nice observations of Comet Lemmon. These comets are putting on quite a show.

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Old 11-03-2013, 01:53 PM
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Thanks Orestis. It is great having the comets, but I've yet to get a really good look at Panstarrs - cloud or other tasks getting in the way!
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Nice Paddy, and here is me thinking you lot were all very quiet over on the visual side. Now I know why, your too busy getting your descriptions together in your notebook.

Reading your reports reminds me of listening to ashes cricket on the radio, letting my imagination do the observing.

Thanks mate!

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Thanks Darren!
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