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Annual Star Parties / CalStar is 6 weeks away!
« Last post by CharlieWicks on August 07, 2017, 03:12:51 PM »
Greetings,

This is a reminder that CalStar is only 6 weeks away. There are still spaces left. Last year we sold out, so if you haven't registered and are planning to go, don't wait until the last minute.

Visit http://calstar.observers.org to register.

Clear Skies,

Charlie
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Observing Reports / Re: Globular Cluster hunting -- in Barnard's Galaxy!
« Last post by Marko on August 06, 2017, 04:05:58 PM »
No, did not even try for #1.  Of course I knew it existed due to how whole numbers dominate lists but because it does not show on MegaStar or I had not enough options on I did not go for #1.   I attach my finder chart used Oct 10, 2010 in very dark skies (you were not present but often were at this site).
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Observing Reports / Re: Globular Cluster hunting -- in Barnard's Galaxy!
« Last post by sgottlieb on August 06, 2017, 03:36:48 PM »
NGC 1049 = Fornax 3 is the brightest globular, then Fornax 4 and 5 a bit smaller and fainter.  Fornax 2 is the faintest of the main 4, which are all visible in a 10-inch or 12-inch.

I would be surprised if you could pick up Fornax 6 as I called it "extremely faint" in the 48-inch, but Uwe Glahn writes that he glimpsed it a 18" from Namibia.  My full description was "extremely faint, small, very low surface brightness spot, ~0.3' diameter.  Located 7' due north of globular Fornax 4.  Pinpointing the location, a mag 15.8 star is 1.6' W and a mag 16.5 star is 2.1' WNW."   But Fornax 6 isn't a globular anyways -- it's either a group of extremely faint stars (~21st mag) or even distant galaxies!

There is a 5th globular, though -- Fornax 1, which is much fainter than the other 4 (perhaps close to 16th mag).  Perhaps this is the one you looked for?
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Observing Reports / Re: Globular Cluster hunting -- in Barnard's Galaxy!
« Last post by Marko on August 05, 2017, 10:54:00 PM »
What is your count for Fornex Globs?   I seem to have 2,3,4,5  but called out 6 as 'iffy' and decided I would not count it but spent 20 minutes before saying 'no claim'.

I cannot say I recall noting any globs in M33 and this after a great deal of time was spent on assorted objects within it (mostly suggested by yourself I think, thanks).  is it too far away for globs?
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Observing Reports / Re: Globular Cluster hunting -- in Barnard's Galaxy!
« Last post by sgottlieb on August 05, 2017, 09:49:00 PM »
For next fall, I was just approved for an observing article in Sky & Tel on Local Group globular clusters, so I certainly hope to get a look at SC 6!
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Observing Intents / Eclipse 2017: Kentucky
« Last post by Jeffcrilly on August 05, 2017, 07:22:32 PM »
Ok.. Fyi.. I'm going to KY for the eclipse.
Sounds risky from a weather perspective, but I know some people in the area so it seemed like a logical choice.
Just picked up some glasses from Lunt via Amazon.  (Next day delivery!)  And some Lunt Solar 8x32 binos.
(The solar (white light) binos are actually kinda nice.)
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Observing Reports / Re: The Pinnacle of Dark Skies
« Last post by Mark on August 05, 2017, 10:41:09 AM »
Hey Brad - stumbled across the picture today.  Surprise!  What year was it?
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TAC Visual / Re: Experienced Eclipse Chasers. Your input please.
« Last post by mccarthymark on August 02, 2017, 04:31:07 PM »
I'm no expert, but I thought this was a good description of what will happen

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/what_you_see.htm
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TAC Visual / Experienced Eclipse Chasers. Your input please.
« Last post by Mark on August 02, 2017, 08:54:51 AM »
I know there are many experienced eclipse chasers here.  This month's will be my, and undoubtedly others, first.

How about posting what to watch for, and how?  Visual stuff.  I recall listening to a recording made by someone experienced, and they were calling out the various events as each approached.

I'd like to have such a list, as the group I'm going with are not only eclipse newbies, but total astronomy noobs, far as I can tell.

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Mark
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