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 Post subject: Meteors
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:56 pm 
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Observing galaxies this morning from 3.15 to 4.45, including the magnificent M51 and companion. Whilst doing so, I noticed a few meteors that appeared to be Ursids, including one very bright one.

I also spotted a small meteor near Leo Minor. On the subject of Leo Minor and Leo, I examined two large, interesting, barred spiral galaxies NGC 3430 (Leo Minor) and NGC 2903 (Leo), both best at 165x in the 14" Dob.

Good observing.... :D


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 Post subject: Re: Meteors
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:58 pm 
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Have you seen the dwarf galaxy Leo 1 Nigel? It's very close to Regulus.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteors
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Yes Brian, thanks for the reminder. I have seen this a number of times.......observing report below.. :lol: ..:

On a good night, I can just make out a faint fuzz in the 14 inch, and it is clearest with my broadband Skywatcher LPR filter.
The problem is that the galaxy is right next to bright Regulus.
To see it, the best technique is to use a magnification of around 100x and then move the scope northwards so that Regulus is just out of the field of view.
Using a 60 degree eyepiece at that magnification, my true FOV is about 1/2 a degree, so I estimate that the extent of what I saw was about 10 minutes of arc.


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 Post subject: Re: Meteors
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:10 pm 
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You could also use an occulting bar ( a strip of opaque tape in front of eyepiece ) to blot out Regulus.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:47 am 
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Hmm, thanks for the advice. I'll try that next time.


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