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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 03:51:48 AM »
The last blood moon, total lunar eclipse was splendid.

First view of M42 with an 8 " newt under great seeing at a dark site.

First view at low power of Saturn that same night with the 8" newt.
First Ha view of the sun with a lunt 50.

M13 in my Meade 10" ACF

Double cluster with 35 pan and Jupiter with a friend's C11 edge.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2018, 06:33:56 PM »
M13 through my C14 using BV's @ 300X. Simply stunning.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2018, 11:34:04 PM »
Through most scopes, M42, but probably the biggest "take my breath away" moment was seeing the Veil (the Western portion) in a 15" Dob w/an OIII filter. It was the first time I had seen the Veil. I was not prepared for it to be so vivid and detailed and flat-out lovely.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2018, 02:29:20 PM »
I forgot to add which telescope I was using.

The one I had at the time.

Two were home-built and one (the present) commercial.

8 - 16 inches.

Oh...and any others I happened to be looking through at various star parties.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2018, 12:26:13 AM »
Two nights ago I found the quasar CTA 102 through my 8" reflector. Nothing like the vintage quality of photons aged over 8 Billion years.

I'm sure I'll continue to see fantastic things, but I will probably never, ever see anything further away. As another poster mentioned in a different thread - from this point forward, whenever anybody asks how far my telescope can see I can confidently say 8 Billion light years. The small dot of quasi-stellar light was not "impressive" on its own, but I'll never forget that I saw this.And I'll never cease being awe struck by the incredible energy being blasted across the universe by this unique quasar.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2018, 03:18:57 PM »
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Two nights ago I found the quasar CTA 102 through my 8" reflector. Nothing like the vintage quality of photons aged over 8 Billion years.

I'm sure I'll continue to see fantastic things, but I will probably never, ever see anything further away. As another poster mentioned in a different thread - from this point forward, whenever anybody asks how far my telescope can see I can confidently say 8 Billion light years. The small dot of quasi-stellar light was not "impressive" on its own, but I'll never forget that I saw this.And I'll never cease being awe struck by the incredible energy being blasted across the universe by this unique quasar.

Dave Mitsky showed me that the other night with our club's 17" Cassegrain. It is amazing that you can see something that far away.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2018, 06:14:00 PM »
If I had to pick one exciting observation, it /might/ have to be a bolide meteor.

I was glued to the eyepiece when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the ground light up. The grass was green. I thought a car was coming up the driveway, so I did not look up right away. I heard my buddy's observing stook creak and groan as he almost fell out of it. I looked up to see what all the racket was and caught the bolide just as it began to fade into dull red chunks blowing across the sky.

I guess another, if I may, is observing the milky way with the naked eye. Laying there on the grass looking up taking in the beauty of a speckled sky. Individual stars strewn across the sky and merging into a bright glow. For a brief moment, I really got a three dimensional impression of depth gazing into our own galaxy. I was looking, not at the Milky Way, rather I was looking through it. To take that all in was impressive.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 01:40:39 AM »
Oh, I forgot. Comet Hale-Bopp through binoculars or naked eye. I don't think there will be another comet like that in my lifetime.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 07:53:31 AM »
M13, my first globular in an 10" Dob & Uranus 4th planet found was a great site for my eyes. The heart shaped cluster (M50) was great too from a dark site trip. All first scenes of the Gas Giants & a big WOW is always the first Lunar and especially first time Solar view with a solar film filter or HA filter.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2018, 03:47:29 PM »
Sometimes you don't realise at the time how impressive things are. I found SN1987A at the time it happened. But, in the pre internet days I was on my own. I phoned my Physics teacher and he said, oh it's probably just a supernova.

Spending a week with a pair of world class 32" dobs is a big highlight. Everything in those could be classed as most impressive. Best of the best were Jupiter and NGC3242 Ghost of Jupiter, just so much colour everywhere. Plus M51, the amount of detail seen was just crazy.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2018, 05:40:41 PM »
1. The Shoemaker-Levy Jupiter impact via an 6 inch Meade 826 relector.
2. The Venus transit via the TMB 92L and PST mounted side by side.
3. The very bright supernova in M 82 a few years ago.
4. At least a dozen favorites like M 22, M 42, M 12, the Double Cluster. etc. through any scope on any night of good seeing under a dark sky. How do you rank perfection?

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2018, 03:04:18 AM »
Objects that made the largest impression:

Saturn. Without doubt. I pointed my wobbly telescope at it, without knowing in advance what it was, and my reactions literally woke up the neighbours. Car alarms would have sounded, had they existed.

This is followed closely by Comets Hyakutake and Hall-Bopp. Having been disappointed earlier by Kohoutek and Halley and missing (bitterly) Comet West, I felt doubly rewarded.

And the total lunar eclipse of July 1982 when the moon shone like a penny for what seemed like the entire night.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2018, 06:33:47 PM »
Apart from Saturn, unbeatable, the double clouster NGC 869 - 884, in the constellation of Perseus. Very very impressive.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 12:35:45 AM »
Blue Snowball through the 82" at the McDonald observatory. It was not just a little blue it was bright blue.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2018, 03:58:21 AM »
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I've already answered this in a previous post, but here goes again...

Everything.

I'm not picky.


How can "everything" be the most impressive object?

According to my English professor wife, "most" impressive is a superlative which means technically, if "everything" is the most impressive object you saw, the last thing you saw was the most impressive, necessarily superceding the thing you saw immediately prior to that which no longer is the most impressive. Just sayin'.

On the upside, I think you're in the running for most impressive astronomy curmudgeon.