What am I looking at?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Bowser, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Wonderful pictures. Thanks to each of you. I might invest in a small telescope in the near future. The object caught my curiosity. The star seems to be sinking behind my neighbors house and won't be in view after a couple more days.
     
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  3. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Bowser google "Stelarium".
    It is a free program and you will find your answers and objects to view if you get a scope.
    The key to star gazing is to allow your eyes to dark adapt which means staying in the dark for thirty minutes.
    You will find binnos will show a great deal when dark adapted.
    If you are serious about a scope get a 6 inch reflector on a Dobsonian mount and you will be hooked.
    If you like looking at a pile of bricks and seeing God then looking at a star cluster or globular cluster you will find wonderful.
    Alex
     
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  5. el es Registered Senior Member

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    At 10PM I grabbed the binocs and took a quick look at M6 and M7 in Scorpius. They aren't much to see with binocs.

    M8 in Sag. is much better.

    http://www.skyledge.net/Messier8-hop.htm

    The moon is coming in from the right and will wash out some of the fainter objects in a few nights.
     
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  7. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    In a dark location and with good dark adaption you see them nicely.
    I can see many objects in a dark local without binos.
    Here is my M7 rendition.
    The colour may be off but I love the action here.
    Alex

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  8. el es Registered Senior Member

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    Messier object M8 in Sagittarius is a naked eye "fuzzy" and a likely candidate for what Bowser saw.
     
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  10. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you.
    Alex
     

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