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Johnny Jeep

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The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:57:13 PM »
What's the most remarkable sight that you have ever noticed through a Telescope ?  and what Telescope was it?
Thank you for Sharing your experiences !
Mark

The neatest thing I have noticed was Omega Centauri through a C14 from South Florida.  The viewing was fantastic as I had ever seen.
My buddy had Omega in the eyepiece at a really large power.
It was so amazing, The Stars of this gossamer Glob literally looked like strings dangling from a loofah in most directions with all these stars visible, something I will NEVER forget !

Clear Skies !



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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 06:46:16 AM »
The Egg Nebula through the 82" at the McDonald. It looked just like the hubble image.

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Chad Shepard

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 12:23:27 AM »
Venus through my own Super Space Conqueror. It looks just like the Mariner pictures but a bit smaller.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 05:18:57 PM »
The Orion Nebula's trapezium through the 100" Hooker telescope at Mt. Wilson. The detail in the gas clouds was just amazing.

David Williams

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 06:36:41 PM »
Hi, i am pretty new with my scope. Lot many things still await me to observe. However, with my limited experience i enjoyed the M31 most. I observed it with my GSO 8" Dob with ES 18 mm DSO killer. I could readily identify both M31 and M110 together. Regards

Randal Samuels

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 07:39:40 AM »
Viewing Jupiter with my son, using a 6" f/6. As the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the night side of the planet in July 1994, dark impact sites then rotated into view with a string of them eventually spanning the giant's southern hemisphere.

No one, professional or amateur had any idea of what to expect of the impact. So seeing these impact areas so clearly was both a surprise and awesome event.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 07:10:53 AM »
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[snip...] What is the most impressive sight that you have ever seen through a Telescope ? and what Telescope was it?

[snip...] The neatest thing that I have seen was Omega Centauri through a C14 from South Florida.

To be honest, there have been many things over the years. For me it's not just the Image, but also the science or wonder behind the object under study.

Similar to your experience, I remember my first look at M13 through my Celestron C8, It stuck in my mind because I could not fathom how so many thousands of stars could cluster into such a tight space without quickly collapsing into a black hole or something similar.

Last time I answered this question, my answer was watching Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 Impacting Jupiter. Through my C8, I could see the multiple impact sites rotate into view just after they occurred andfollow how they developed over the following days. A truly memorable experience I'll never forget.

But recently (in fact its still blazing now) is spotting a Quasar (4C 11.69) in a C90 (atiny 90mm Maksutov) Here is an object that is 'normally' glowing atafeeble Mag 17. Does not even seemimpressive until you realise its located nearly 8 billion light years away. That's over half way towards the edge of the observable Universe

Before ourSolar systemhad even formed, themassive black hole at it's heartstarted 'eating' enormous amounts of matter. So much that, its brightness has recently increased toMagnitude 11.(over 200x brighter than normal) It's probably the most distant object and the oldest light, I will ever see with my own eyes.

Buthere is the fun... What will the next one be??

Regards

Andy.

Mayur Wilson

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 01:13:00 AM »
Views of our galaxy and the Magellenic clouds - naked eye.
Shadows on the ground from our Milky Way Galaxy.
Shadows on the ground from Venus.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy impact on Jupiter - First light with my 8" refractor.
Kreigs Domino in the Double cluster in 20" dob.
First view of Pleides through a TV 20mm 100 deg EP, 6" apo - Awesome!!

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 03:00:28 AM »
Saturn playing hide and seek behind unlit lunar mountains in a grazing occultation in 1996(?).

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 04:03:15 AM »
I like M1, the Crab Nebula. Not so much for the view as far the mental impact. Everything that you see around you that's not composed largely of hydrogen came from the debris of exploding stars like that, gathered in this location by gravity, in a most unlikely and most fortunate (for us) fashion.

Justin Prasad

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 12:30:58 PM »
I have been observing only since May. So far several memorable experiences have been M13, Uranus, and the Alpha Persei cluster. M13 is just an amazing object that resolves beautifully even in a suburban setting, and I think it was my second telescopic DSO (the first was the ring nebula, not too impressive in a suburban backyard). Uranus, I was watching it with my non-tracking dob and as it moved across the FOV at a fast clip (~30 sec to sweep across) it was easy to imagine seeing this ice ball of gas hurtling through space. It was kind of an illusion (Earth's rotation rather than true movement of Uranus), but the effect was still strong. Alpha Persei seems to be overlooked compared with the double cluster, Pleiades, and other nearby clusters, but it looks fantastic in low power (6x) binoculars that can capture it completely. There are others, but these come to mind offhand right now.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 01:44:45 AM »
M13 is great....but I view M8 whenever possible...with and without filters.

Jeff Swan

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 04:18:42 AM »
I've already answered this in a previous post, but here goes again...

Everything.

I'm not picky.

John Sanchez

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 05:50:30 AM »
Double cluster in Perseus at my first star party. I had looked at everything I knew how to find, and was just looking around, naked eye, when I thought I saw something shiny in the sky. I pointed my telescope there (fortunately I had my brand-new 30mm82* eyepiece, giving an almost 2 degree true field of view), and was astonished at seeing 2 star clusters side by side. I thought "Wow, a double cluster!" I had never heard of this object before, never knew such a thing existed.

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Re: The Most impressive object that you have seen ?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 06:09:54 AM »
It is hard to pick just one. M42 is pretty impressive for sheer visual beauty in the eyepiece. The most impressive wow-factor was the image I took of an 11.8 billion year old quasar. It was not much to look at, but just knowing that the photons I captured were already 2/3 of the way here when the solar system was forming boggles the mind.