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Re: Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!

Nick Anderson
 

I think the reason I was so exhilarated was that this view is just a quarter mile away from where I live. How many observers today live where they can actually see the Milky Way from their house? (Ted, you need not answer)

I'm going to look up some facts on the Bortle classification system because I'm leaning towards believing that my morning site is a yellow zone in the summer. Half of Blacksburg's population is college students, so I've noticed in the summer that the skyglow from Blacksburg is significantly less.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, William McLean <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:

It is worth shedding a tear over! I get choked up all the time with the beauty of our heavens.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


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From: nranderson_deepskyobserver <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...>
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:11 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!


 
Not to spam you guys with another observing report...but THE MILKY WAY LOOKS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING RIGHT NOW!!! I just took a study break to go outside and check on the stars and I think it's the best I've ever seen it here! After realizing I could faintly make it out from the front of my apartment, I biked to one of my observing sites and the view was almost worth shedding tears over! Even with the skyglow from nearby Christiansburg, it was easily visible from Cassiopeia to almost-Scorpius with a mottled appearance. The Great Rift was undeniable. This is probably also the best unaided eye view I've had of M8. With averted vision I could actually detect its oblong shape for the first time!

Just thought I'd share. It's a shame I couldn't be out all night observing like I usually would have.

-Nick Anderson


Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Nick Anderson
 

Haha...you would be right in saying that I've considered it. I've got my plate full with the 3 that I'm actively working on. Add the PN and DS Programs to that this month and I think I'll be kept busy this year! Once I get astronomy binoculars, add the Lunar, Binocular Messier, and Binocular DS Programs. Then I'll probably go for the Urban Observing Program once I'm about finished with those. Oh wait, I forgot about the Sunspotters Program once I get a solar filter too!

I've got 313 Herschel objects to go and I'm still targeting December as my finish date. I've planned it out so I can do it, but it will take a lot of time and effort. I'm working on the Herschel galaxies in Leo and Virgo right now, but I think I'll bypass the heart of the Virgo Cluster until November. That's something I'd rather spend an entire 3-hour observation on than just the small time window I have in the evening right now. Plus that gives me more time to plan how I want to hunt it down.

I actually may get 70 Caldwells ahead of schedule this weekend. I only need 13 more and there are coincidentally 13 that I'm willing to observe this weekend. Plus there are 2 bonus clusters in Ara if I want to try them. We'll see what happens!

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, William McLean <preciousmyprecious@...> wrote:

Oh, oh, do I detect another AL program you are working on? 
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


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From: nranderson_deepskyobserver <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...>
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:57 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)


 
For reference, the dark lane is also known as B168. It happens to be one of the required items for the AL's Dark Nebulae Program. It looks like it's a newer observing program though; no BBAA members (not even Ted) have completed this one yet.

I wonder which will be easier: the Cocoon or the dark nebula around it?

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@> wrote:

Roy, I don't know. Has anybody ever seem that dark lane? Kent or Ted?



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From: Roy Diffrient <mail@>
To: "backbayastro@yahoogroups.com" <backbayastro@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:57 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)


 
I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@> wrote:

Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Roy Diffrient <mail@> wrote:

Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@> wrote:

I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?

I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.

-Nick Anderson



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Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Roy Diffrient
 

That's a great target for Ted.  My other friend in AZ tells me that the dark lane is as obvious as the moon out there!

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 6:54 AM, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Roy, I don't know. Has anybody ever seem that dark lane? Kent or Ted?


From: Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
To: "backbayastro@..." <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:57 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

 
I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

> Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.
>
> -Nick Anderson
>
> --- In backbayastro@..., Roy Diffrient wrote:
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>> Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.
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>> Roy
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>> Sent from my iPod
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>> On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" wrote:
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>>> I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?
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>>> I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.
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Re: Local astronomy shops?

preciousmyprecious
 

That's a killer eyepiece. The one I usually leave in my scope. I got it used on astromart. Besides MRO in Chesapeake there's one in Gloucester, I think. You can check with them.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean

From: Greg Doughty
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:02 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Local astronomy shops?

 
Hi all,
 
Are there any local shops that stock eyepieces?  "Local" can be used loosely here.  I am hoping to find a Nagler 17mm.
 
Thanks,
 
Greg
ki4bbl



Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

preciousmyprecious
 

Oh, oh, do I detect another AL program you are working on? 
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


From: nranderson_deepskyobserver
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:57 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

 
For reference, the dark lane is also known as B168. It happens to be one of the required items for the AL's Dark Nebulae Program. It looks like it's a newer observing program though; no BBAA members (not even Ted) have completed this one yet.

I wonder which will be easier: the Cocoon or the dark nebula around it?

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@..., Mark Ost wrote:
>
> Roy, I don't know. Has anybody ever seem that dark lane? Kent or Ted?
>
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> From: Roy Diffrient
> To: "backbayastro@..." <backbayastro@...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)
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>  
> I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.
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> Roy
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> Sent from my iPod
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> On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" wrote:
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> > Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.
> >
> > -Nick Anderson
> >
> > --- In backbayastro@..., Roy Diffrient wrote:
> >>
> >> Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.
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> >> Roy
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> >> On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" wrote:
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> >>> I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?
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Re: Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!

preciousmyprecious
 

It is worth shedding a tear over! I get choked up all the time with the beauty of our heavens.
 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean


From: nranderson_deepskyobserver
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:11 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!

 
Not to spam you guys with another observing report...but THE MILKY WAY LOOKS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING RIGHT NOW!!! I just took a study break to go outside and check on the stars and I think it's the best I've ever seen it here! After realizing I could faintly make it out from the front of my apartment, I biked to one of my observing sites and the view was almost worth shedding tears over! Even with the skyglow from nearby Christiansburg, it was easily visible from Cassiopeia to almost-Scorpius with a mottled appearance. The Great Rift was undeniable. This is probably also the best unaided eye view I've had of M8. With averted vision I could actually detect its oblong shape for the first time!

Just thought I'd share. It's a shame I couldn't be out all night observing like I usually would have.

-Nick Anderson




Re: Local astronomy shops?

Dale Carey
 

yeah, it's called "Astromart". - nothing local that I would buy from.
Dale Carey
 
 
 
 

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Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:02 AM
Subject: [backbayastro] Local astronomy shops?

 

Hi all,
 
Are there any local shops that stock eyepieces?  "Local" can be used loosely here.  I am hoping to find a Nagler 17mm.
 
Thanks,
 
Greg
ki4bbl


Re: Local astronomy shops?

charles jagow
 

MRO in Chesapeake at the corner of Dominion Blvd and Cedar Road.

v/r
Chuck Jagow
Rott?n Paws Observatory
36:46:23N / 76:13:31W

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Doughty [mailto:ki4bbl@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 08:02 AM
To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [backbayastro] Local astronomy shops?

Hi all,

Are there any local shops that stock eyepieces? "Local" can be used
loosely here. I am hoping to find a Nagler 17mm.

Thanks,

Greg
ki4bbl


Local astronomy shops?

Greg Doughty <ki4bbl@...>
 

Hi all,
 
Are there any local shops that stock eyepieces?  "Local" can be used loosely here.  I am hoping to find a Nagler 17mm.
 
Thanks,
 
Greg
ki4bbl


Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Nick Anderson
 

For reference, the dark lane is also known as B168. It happens to be one of the required items for the AL's Dark Nebulae Program. It looks like it's a newer observing program though; no BBAA members (not even Ted) have completed this one yet.

I wonder which will be easier: the Cocoon or the dark nebula around it?

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Roy, I don't know. Has anybody ever seem that dark lane? Kent or Ted?



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From: Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
To: "backbayastro@yahoogroups.com" <backbayastro@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:57 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)


 
I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Roy Diffrient <mail@> wrote:

Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@> wrote:

I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?

I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.

-Nick Anderson



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Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

jimcoble2000
 

Roy, I don't know. Has anybody ever seem that dark lane? Kent or Ted?


From: Roy Diffrient
To: "backbayastro@..."
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:57 AM
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

 
I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

> Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.
>
> -Nick Anderson
>
> --- In backbayastro@..., Roy Diffrient wrote:
>>
>> Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.
>>
>> Roy
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>> Sent from my iPod
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>> On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" wrote:
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>>> I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?
>>>
>>> I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.
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>>> -Nick Anderson
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Re: Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!

Nick Anderson
 

I forgot to mention the time: around 2:40 am.

Also I believe I was able to definitely see the zodiacal light for the first time ever! It looked quite similar to the skyglow.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

Not to spam you guys with another observing report...but THE MILKY WAY LOOKS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING RIGHT NOW!!! I just took a study break to go outside and check on the stars and I think it's the best I've ever seen it here! After realizing I could faintly make it out from the front of my apartment, I biked to one of my observing sites and the view was almost worth shedding tears over! Even with the skyglow from nearby Christiansburg, it was easily visible from Cassiopeia to almost-Scorpius with a mottled appearance. The Great Rift was undeniable. This is probably also the best unaided eye view I've had of M8. With averted vision I could actually detect its oblong shape for the first time!

Just thought I'd share. It's a shame I couldn't be out all night observing like I usually would have.

-Nick Anderson


Perfect transparency = stupendous Milky Way!

Nick Anderson
 

Not to spam you guys with another observing report...but THE MILKY WAY LOOKS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING RIGHT NOW!!! I just took a study break to go outside and check on the stars and I think it's the best I've ever seen it here! After realizing I could faintly make it out from the front of my apartment, I biked to one of my observing sites and the view was almost worth shedding tears over! Even with the skyglow from nearby Christiansburg, it was easily visible from Cassiopeia to almost-Scorpius with a mottled appearance. The Great Rift was undeniable. This is probably also the best unaided eye view I've had of M8. With averted vision I could actually detect its oblong shape for the first time!

Just thought I'd share. It's a shame I couldn't be out all night observing like I usually would have.

-Nick Anderson


Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Roy Diffrient
 

I agree with that filter choice, given no UHC. Just to clarify, with my scope & skies, the OIII made IC5146 invisible, it was minimally visible with the H beta, and the UHC provided the best view. The long dark lane leading to the nebula is not visible here, only the very faint ghostly circular patch of the nebula. But if you can see that dark lane you can use it to help you find the nebula. I think the best view was at about 150X.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 14, 2012, at 12:37 AM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@gmail.com> wrote:

Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:

Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?

I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.

-Nick Anderson



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Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Nick Anderson
 

Ok it sounds like I'll have to depend on seeing it either with my broadband filter or *gasp* unfiltered as I don't have a UHC filter. Because the broadband filter doesn't cut out the H-beta emission line, I'm hoping that it will suffice and still increase the contrast. It's worked wonders for several objects, especially the Iris Nebula.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:

Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.

Roy

Sent from my iPod

On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?

I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.

-Nick Anderson



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Re: Blacksburg Wednesday night

Nick Anderson
 

Correction: that's NGC 3226 and 3227, not 3326 and 3327.

-Nick Anderson

--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@...> wrote:

I just wrapped up a brief one-hour observation tonight. I've never seen such disparity between transparency and seeing: 10/10 and 1/10 respectively. Mars was heavily distorted at 96x and Arcturus looked like a "flaming star". However for the first time since I've been here in Blacksburg, I was able to see M13 with just the unaided eye. It wasn't easy but definitely there. This is leading me to think that my site has closer to a 6.0 limiting magnitude than 5.8. Maybe it's even beyond 6.0! Along with M33 I never tried M13 unaided eye in the fall, so perhaps I'll be able to see M33 too on a night of perfect transparency.

I managed to log 5 new Herschel 400 galaxies in Leo: NGC 2903, NGC 3190, NGC 3193, NGC 3326, and NGC 3327. NGC 2903 was the most interesting of them. That galaxy is of special significance to me because it was the first galaxy I knowingly saw spiral structure in (and that was just last month at the ECSP). I want to try NGC 2903 again in my scope this weekend at my darker site.

At 11:30 pm I lost Leo to the skyglow, so I ended my observation short. Besides I have a calculus test to study for tomorrow and I'll have plenty of time to observe this weekend.


Herschel 400 objects seen so far: 87

-Nick Anderson


Blacksburg Wednesday night

Nick Anderson
 

I just wrapped up a brief one-hour observation tonight. I've never seen such disparity between transparency and seeing: 10/10 and 1/10 respectively. Mars was heavily distorted at 96x and Arcturus looked like a "flaming star". However for the first time since I've been here in Blacksburg, I was able to see M13 with just the unaided eye. It wasn't easy but definitely there. This is leading me to think that my site has closer to a 6.0 limiting magnitude than 5.8. Maybe it's even beyond 6.0! Along with M33 I never tried M13 unaided eye in the fall, so perhaps I'll be able to see M33 too on a night of perfect transparency.

I managed to log 5 new Herschel 400 galaxies in Leo: NGC 2903, NGC 3190, NGC 3193, NGC 3326, and NGC 3327. NGC 2903 was the most interesting of them. That galaxy is of special significance to me because it was the first galaxy I knowingly saw spiral structure in (and that was just last month at the ECSP). I want to try NGC 2903 again in my scope this weekend at my darker site.

At 11:30 pm I lost Leo to the skyglow, so I ended my observation short. Besides I have a calculus test to study for tomorrow and I'll have plenty of time to observe this weekend.


Herschel 400 objects seen so far: 87

-Nick Anderson


Re: IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula)

Roy Diffrient
 

Yes, I've seen it without an H-beta filter, but just barely, in my 18" f/4.5 with a UHC filter and good conditions in my mag 5 sky (SQM 20.0). My OIII filter did not help at all, and the H-beta didn't help much either. This is a real toughie for an 8". Good luck, and let us know your results.

Roy

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On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:37 PM, "nranderson_deepskyobserver" <nranderson.deepskyobserver@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm planning to go on another trip to my 6.7-7.0 limiting mag site in Bland/Wythe County this weekend. Has anyone seen this nebula without a H-beta filter? In an 8-inch scope?

I'm hoping to also re-observe NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula) and NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) in addition to attempting the ever-elusive Cave Nebula (Sh2-155). The Cave is often considered the most difficult object on the Caldwell list...even more challenging than the Bubble Nebula.

-Nick Anderson



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Venus transit in Newport News

preciousmyprecious
 

 
Carpe Noctem
Bill McLean
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From: currange74
To: William McLean
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:23 PM
Subject: Share some data?

Hi Bill,

If you want to let the Back Bay folks know - they can see some of the day in Newport News on Transit day here.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vpas/photos/album/581988378/pic/list

Cheers,
George




Re: BBAA Picnic?

Jim Tallman
 

Paper work says 9am until sunset

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of George Reynolds
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

 

 

Jim,

 

What are the times for the picnic shelter rental?  Usually it is 11:00am to 3:00pm.

 

George

 


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 

 


From: Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
To: backbayastro@...
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:13 AM
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

 

 

Yes and yes.  Same pavilion also

 

Jim

 

From: backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of colvinclan5@...
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:02 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

 

 

so is July 14th the definite date for the picnic? I want to mark it on
my calendar. Will it be at Northwest River Park like always?
Cheryl :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
To: backbayastro <backbayastro@...>
Sent: Sat, Jun 9, 2012 12:55 am
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

 
 All set for the 14th of July Courtney.  Bernie I have a receipt for
$130 for you  Jim T  From: backbayastro@...
[mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Jim Tallman
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 1:13 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: RE: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

   I’m good J and I think I’m old enough J From:
backbayastro@... [mailto:backbayastro@...] On
Behalf Of Courtney
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 11:27 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

  
Thank you. Did you get filled in on what happened at the meeting last
night? I can't get the shelter because I'm not 21 and I didn't have a
check or cash with me. So if you can get in touch with Mr Bernie he can
full you in a little more.

Thanks again,

Courtney

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From: "Jim Tallman" &lt;jctallman@...&gt;
To: &lt;backbayastro@...&gt;
Subject: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 10:32 am

  OK so Tag.  I guess I’m it J .  Courtney, I’ll stop at the ranger
station and reserve a spot for the 14th of July.  I have the
check. Jim From: backbayastro@...
[mailto:backbayastro@...] On Behalf Of Jim Tallman
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 7:34 AM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: [backbayastro] BBAA Picnic?

   So when is the picnic J

 

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