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Title: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Waka Belcher on December 24, 2017, 06:55:23 PM
I was bored with watching the Cowboys get clobbered again.  Waiting for the heavens to darken so that I could do some Thanksgiving observing.  I thought of the top ten favorite celestial items.

1.  Jupiter
2.  The moon
3.  Saturn
4.  M-31
5.  Mars (at opposition)
6.  M-42
7.  Mercury
8.  Perseus double cluster
9.  Venus
10.  M-81/M-82Post your top ten list.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: dogswargersdurch on December 29, 2017, 03:57:53 AM
1. Jupiter
2. The Sun
3. The moon
4. Saturn
5.Mars (at opposition)
6. M-42
7. M-31
8. Pleiades
9. Albireo
10. Algol
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Jason Muse on December 30, 2017, 12:48:46 AM
1. M42
2. Jupiter
3. Saturn
4. M57
5. M56
6. M11
7. M15
8. M31
9. Moon
10. Vega
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: consurflola on December 30, 2017, 02:40:28 AM
OMG how can anyone select just ten and rank them too ! ! !

(Seriously)
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: redsmicsiti on January 03, 2018, 09:13:15 AM
1. Omega Cen
2. Jupiter
3. the Moon
4. M51
5. M42
6. M57
7. La Superba
8. Mars
9. M13
10. Albireo

Ah, I give up. I've revised this like 17 times... it changes every time.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: John Abreu on January 03, 2018, 10:10:42 AM
1.Omega Cent.
2. M22
3. M55
4. M15
5. ngc 4565
6. saturn
7. M13
8. M62
9. ngc 891
10.M 92
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: David Varnavas on January 10, 2018, 12:44:59 AM
1. M31
2. M42
3. Sun
4. Saturn
5. Jupiter
6. Omega Centauri
7. Double Cluster
8. Veil Nebula
9. Dumbbell Nebula
10. Moon
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Greg Fleming on January 10, 2018, 11:14:25 AM
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OMG how can anyone select just ten and rank them too ! ! !

(Seriously)

Well, as a (mainly) solar system observer, the objects in my first five are ranked on amount of detail to be seen (Mars would rank higher except for having to wait for oppositions).

The last five are "best of class" (IMHO, of course) for type of DSO.

If I had a list of top12, they would include M13 and M57 to round out things.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Gilbert Quintana on January 10, 2018, 02:10:40 PM
The sun
M42
M8 (with UHC)
M17 (with UHC)
M27 (with UHC)
M45
M35
The moon
Jupiter
Double cluster

Alberio, Almach and a bunch of galaxies come close- off the top of my head.

I still havent seen the Veil so my list may be tweaked for that.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: noerivatat on January 10, 2018, 11:26:52 PM
It's no wonder people think amateur astronomers are a "bunch of nerds!"

Up next: Top Ten Favorite Reptile Species.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: wellbanstubars on January 11, 2018, 02:10:38 AM
Probably easier for me since I only have a few I can go to reliably yet, only ones I can find and have seen

1. Double Cluster
2. M57
3. M42
4..Jupiter
5. Saturn
6. Kimble's Cascade leading into NGC 1502
7. Double Double in Lyra
8. Albiero
9. M45
10. M31
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: veworltonuc on January 11, 2018, 09:59:51 AM
After much thinking, I have come to the conclusion that I am incapable of making a "Top Ten" list, as much as I may admire the efforts of others posted here. I just love it all! There is so much to see, and I love everything in our glorious cosmos so much, I simply cannot pick any favorites. So I will just enjoy watching everyone's efforts unfold here...

Martin.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Steven Morrison on January 11, 2018, 02:06:34 PM
1. The Large Magellanic Cloud
2. The Small Magellanic Cloud
3. Omega Centauri
4. 47 Tucanae
5. Orion Nebula
6. The Virgo Cluster of galaxies
7. The Lagoon Nebula
8. NGC 1365
9. NGC 4565
10. The Milky Way
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: schemsucopost on January 12, 2018, 12:30:55 AM
On the website "Reptile Nights" , I've already made a post about top ten(!)
But to recap here, they include the Komodo dragon, Reticulated Python, Black Mamba, Salt Water crocodile, King Cobra, Anaconda, Alligator snapping turtle, Inland Taipan, American Alligator and Asian water monitor.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Davione Boone on January 12, 2018, 01:01:37 AM
1. Sun2. Saturn3. Jupiter4. M425. Moon6. M137. M378. Double Cluster9. M3510. M5I tried not thinking too hard about this. I just began jotting down objects as they came to me. I stopped when I had listed ten objects and then ranked them. If I came back to this in ten minutes, I'd probably come up with a different ranking.To be sure, I have my favorites that I come back to again and again. But honestly, I often find that it doesn't matter what I'm looking at or what gear I'm using to look at it (except the sun, of course). What matters for me most is just getting out, enjoying the peace and serenity of being outside, and enjoying the heavens.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Nick Ellis on January 13, 2018, 06:37:52 AM
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On the website "Reptile Nights" , I've already made a post about top ten(!)
But to recap here, they include the Komodo dragon, Reticulated Python, Black Mamba, Salt Water crocodile, King Cobra, Anaconda, Alligator snapping turtle, Inland Taipan, American Alligator and Asian water monitor.



Martin.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: safrioheartli on January 13, 2018, 01:47:00 PM
In no particular order:

1. Barnard's Galaxy
2. Hubble's variable nebula
3. NGC253
4. NGC891
5. NGC5907
6. Horsehead Nebula
7. Thor's Helmet
8. North American - Pelican Nebula Complex
9. Rosette Nebula
10.Markarian's Chain (yes, cheating - a lot of galaxies, but hey, it's a "designation")

And many others but have to stick by the rules - 10 only.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: vuicapathvie on January 13, 2018, 02:43:08 PM
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1. The Large Magellanic Cloud
2. The Small Magellanic Cloud
3. Omega Centauri
4. 47 Tucanae
5. Orion Nebula
6. The Virgo Cluster of galaxies
7. The Lagoon Nebula
8. NGC 1365
9. NGC 4565
10. The Milky Way


Sigh, if I was in Australia, the first 4 would be on my list for sure...

I can see Omega Centauri, but only a few degrees above horizon...
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Brian Olatunji on January 14, 2018, 05:24:34 AM
1. Galaxies
2. Globular Clusters
3. Planetary Nebula
4. Bright Nebula
5. Open Clusters
6. Planets
7. Double Stars
8. Carbon Stars
9. Moon
10. Sun
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Quas Padilla on January 17, 2018, 01:08:06 AM
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1. Galaxies
2. Globular Clusters
3. Planetary Nebula
4. Bright Nebula
5. Open Clusters
6. Planets
7. Double Stars
8. Carbon Stars
9. Moon
10. Sun


Add in dark nebulae, star field, meteors and comets and specify "in no particular order" and that's a good start..

Objects not the list: clouds and light pollution.

Jon
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: John Weiland on January 17, 2018, 08:39:54 AM
1. Constellations
2. Moon
3. Sun
4. Planets
5. Andromeda
6. Orion
7. Albireo
8. Satellites
9. Meteors
X
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: flasattecof on January 18, 2018, 05:54:02 AM
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1. Galaxies
2. Globular Clusters
3. Planetary Nebula
4. Bright Nebula
5. Open Clusters
6. Planets
7. Double Stars
8. Carbon Stars
9. Moon
10. Sun

Ah, you cheated!
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Eric Ayyagari on January 20, 2018, 02:39:26 PM
1) Total Solar Eclipses
2) Bright Comets
3) Earth-buzzing Asteroids
4+) Everything Else

I remember writing the above somewhere else recently.

Top Ten Reptiles:

1) Carolina Anole
2) Gecko
3) Savanna Monitor
4) Rat Snake
5) Box Turtle
6) Assorted Galapagos Tortoises
7) Marine Iguana
8) https://www.youtube....h?v=JF-UMgdkph4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF-UMgdkph4)
9) Giant Gila Monster
10) Godzilla
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Yung Pryor on January 20, 2018, 08:06:32 PM
Sure are a great list on this post, fun Jon

Moon
Jupiter
Saturn
M42
Double Star Cluster
M17, Swan
Alberio, King of the double stars
M81/82 in the same FOV
M31
M37
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Matthew Calhoun on January 23, 2018, 01:22:19 AM
1. A galaxy yet to be seen
2. A glob yet to be seen (Omega Centauri)
3. A nebula yet to be seen
4. A yet to be seen Magellanic cloud
5. Jupiter
6. Saturn
7. M2
8. Orion Neb
9. Lagoon Neb
10. The sun coming up every morning (This is really #1)
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Paul Rivera on January 23, 2018, 09:55:19 AM
People get bored watching the Cowboys lose?
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Roberto Betancourt on January 26, 2018, 12:53:02 AM
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People get bored watching the Cowboys lose?

Some of us do.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Michael Hobbs on January 26, 2018, 01:03:21 AM
In no particular order:1. NGC 45652. M-513. M-81/824. Veil Nebula (with NPB or O-III filter)5. Crescent Nebula (with NPB filter)6. Trifid Nebula7. Swan Nebula8. Orion Nebula and Trapezium9. M-1310. M-46 with superimposed planetary nebula NGC 2438
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Matt Christopherson on January 30, 2018, 12:27:33 AM
1. The Milky Way (all the naked eye portions from Great Rift, Sag Star Cloud, etc.)
2. M42 & Trapezium
3. Solar System Objects (i.e., Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and no particular preference)
4. Double Cluster
5. M17
6. M57
7. M104
8. M45
9. Alberio
10. M13
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: olexecin on January 31, 2018, 04:06:45 AM
All of the Messier's
All of the Caldwell's
All of the NGC's
All of the Barnard's
All of the IC's
All of the Abell's
All of the Arp's
All of the UGC's
All of the PGC's
All of the "Ain't gonna see's"
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: sennessningwilch on January 31, 2018, 05:19:26 AM
1. Orion Nebula: Especially through a narrowband or OIII filter this nebula is the best object in the northern sky IMO.
2. Saturn: It feels wrong ranking Saturn at number 2 but I just like M42 better. Saturn is the coolest planet though.
3. Jupiter: The other amazing planet in the sky, the most detailed through a telescope and the ever-changing positions of the moons make it even better.
4. Veil Nebula: Filterless this nebula looks nearly invisible but once filtered with a narrowband or OIII, the Veil becomes the 2nd best nebula in the sky.
5. Double Cluster: Each cluster would be a showpiece on their own, but both right next to each other is even better.
6. Messier 11: I'm a sucker for rich clusters and Messier 11 is the epitome of a compact cluster, simply stunning at high power.
7. Messier 13: Another compact cluster but of the globular variety, however, I am certain Omega Centauri would be higher than M13 if it wasn't in the Dallas light dome.
8. Messier 31: Big, bright, and flanked by 2 other galaxies.
9. Messier 82: Right by Messier 81 and has a neat dark lane going straight down the middle.
10. Messier 46: Bright, rich, next to a bright, loose cluster, AND has a Ring Nebula Jr. in the foreground. What more could you ask for in one FOV?I wish I could list 50 but the title says 10 and I need some sleep, so the list ends there.

As for the Cowboys, hopefully Sean Lee and Zack Martin can get well soon and at least give the Cowboys a fat chance at making the playoffs.
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Prasanna Patel on January 31, 2018, 09:04:32 AM
In a 80mm refractor:
1. Moon
2. Jupiter
3. Saturn
4. M42
5. Pleiades
6. Double Cluster
7. Albireo
8. Mars
9. M31
10. Venus

Jim
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: vichanettgrif on February 02, 2018, 10:13:21 PM
Boring? How about having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL and the GM decides to do absolutely nothing to address it? Try watching the results of that off season strategy ... cough ... Giants ... cough.

1. M42
2. M17
3. M8
4. M13
5. M27
6. M37
7. Double Cluster
8. M24 starcloud
9. Moon
10. Jupiter
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: Brandon Costello on February 02, 2018, 10:16:20 PM
I know, I'm cheating but....
DSO list:

1. M31
2. M42
3. M8
4. M17
5. M27
6. M81 & M82
7. Double Cluster
8. M37
9. M11
10. The Milky Way

Solar system 10:

1. Saturn
2. Some sun spots and solar flares
3. Transit of Venus
4. Mars at opposition
5. Jupiter and his babies
6. The terminator of the moon
7. Ceres
8. Mercury
9. Venus in conjunction with Jupiter
10. Iridium flares
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: chlorleifilwhirl on February 08, 2018, 10:15:07 PM
1. Supernova in galaxies
2. Bright comets
3. M20 Trifid nebula
4. M16 Eagle nebula
5. M51 Whirlpool galaxy
6. M33 Triangulum galaxy
7. NGC253 Sculpture galaxy
8. NGC891 galaxy
9. M57 ring nebula
10. NGC40 - nebula
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: proporasat on February 09, 2018, 08:23:23 AM
Around here it's:

1. Greater cumulus cloud
2. Lesser cirrus cloud
3. Streetlight reflection nebula
4. Dark smoke nebula
5. twinkling double stars
6. Ford galaxy next door
7. crescent moon (seen through neighbor's window)
8. sun spots from accidently looking right at it
9. NGC 9580 (neighbor's license plate)
10. dewed secondary
Title: Re: Top Ten for Observing
Post by: unllamerblood on February 09, 2018, 10:23:10 AM
^^

Martin.