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 Post subject: M37, M38 unaided Eye!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:37 am 
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As I only had twenty minutes for observing last night, and there have been several successive nights of irresistible great clarity, I popped out quickly with astronomy binoculars that I hadn't used for some time.

Neck strain aside, it was a beautiful experience, the Pleiades in particular. But the real surprise came after looking at the three Auriga clusters M37, M36 and M38 - I lowered the binoculars from my eyes to find that M37 and M38 were unaided eye objects, something I have never noticed before.

It can be surprising what you can see if your eyes are led!

Happy observing,

Nigel


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:14 am 
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With such good sky clarity Nigel, did you notice a nebulous glow around Merope in the Pleiades?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:24 am 
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The Pleiades did seem generally fuzzy, but beyond that I didn't home in on any particular star.

Thanks for pointing out about Merope, though. I've put that on my list for next time - try detailed binocular and unaided eye Pleiades, and do a unaided eye star count!

The Pleiades is a wonderfully nebulous sight through the Dob, even though I can't get it all in at 66x.


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