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 Post subject: Fabulous Seeing - M51!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:13 pm 
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Good astronomy of late. Topped off by this morning, exceptional `seeing'. Looked at many galaxies with the 14 inch Dob in my garden.

Saw my best ever view of M51, managing to push the magnification to 330x so that M51 and its companion filled the entire 60 degree field of view. The bridge between the galaxies was visible and the cores of both galaxies were good, in particular M51's showing quite a large core with star cluster detail.

Lovely - an image that stayed with me throughout the day!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:06 pm 
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Sounds fantastic.

I often find that images of particularly special astronomical observations stay in my mind for a very long time - for me, they can be very uplifting. I can still recall two separate observations, under superbly clear and stable conditions, from many years ago. One was of Mars in the very early hours of the morning one April, and the other of Saturn on a New Year's Eve. I've never managed to match either observation since.

Best wishes, Jeff.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:55 pm 
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Thanks, Jeff, yes, I agree, I find the lingering images uplifting. It is a very special intimacy that never fails to feed my awe.

I must say, I'm looking forward to seeing Saturn decently again....alas, there will be quite a wait! In the meantime, I look forward to Mars approaching its opposition next year.

Happy observing, Nigel


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