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lolenokind

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 12:37:53 AM »
Before 2017 ends, I'd like to view all of the Coma Berenices and Virgo Messier Galaxies with some AM observing sessions. Would go a long way towards completing my Messier checklist.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 10:18:18 PM »
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The enemy gets a vote so no plan survives first contact with the enemy.
I am (hopefully) coming out of a 30 month state with zero observation time beyond quick looks at a a small handful of things or doing outreach. So at this point it is observe when I can where I can. I did get one item on the list. I saw the lunar X a few days ago. That was nice.
Ultimate strategic plan* is to redo the Messier 110, go after the Herschel 2,500, Caldwell 109, AL Carbon Stars, AL Double Stars, AL Lunar, AL Asterisms, ANL Open Cluster, AL PN, and AL Bright Nebulae. Also to image many of the items listed.
* I realize the crossover and duplication.

Thanks for the tip! Astronomical League membership and Lunar observing program could be a thing for me too. We could be talking 2018-19 though...

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 12:52:24 AM »
Hopefully I will stay healthy enough to just do what I have been doing, casual observing. Now I have finally acquired a C102 fluorite, I may be able to see Jupiter and Mars better than I have with other scopes I have owned. After this year has passed, maybe I might retire from this hobby, keep one of my small scopes, and a pair of binocs. Hope a bright comet appears in 2018, a great meteor shower, or some other event that is unusually spectacular. I feel after this year, it will be time to move on to things that are more important, and make me more ready for the day when I will be up there, in the place where we have all peered so much through a scope. This is really for the year 2018.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 09:06:22 AM »
I am heading out to a super moon event tomorrow night that involves a bus load of people traveling to a barred owl habitat where a caller will hopefully lure the owls in so that we can see their silhouettes via the light of the super moon and listen to them calling back. Hopefully the owls will be foolish enough to show up even though 80+ people are clomping around in the dark looking for them

There will be a telescope and lecturer talking about the super moon too.

Should be fun. The weather looks ok, little cloudy.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 03:41:02 PM »
I have perhaps a more modest list from the burbs.

I want to see the 3 members definitively of 40 Eridani, particularly the white dwarf.

Sigma Orionis, NGC1981 or the bouncing ball cluster  . Split Rigel.

While I am at it, check out the Sirius, Vega, Capella, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Castor, Bellatrix. Pollux, to observe 10 out of the brightest 20 visible stars in a single night.

That's all that comes to mind immediately.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2018, 09:51:49 PM »
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Thanks for the tip! Astronomical League membership and Lunar observing program could be a thing for me too. We could be talking 2018-19 though...
You're welcome. However I am not sure you could do all of the lists I have listed in a single year. That would require a substantial amount of observing...

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2018, 11:03:40 PM »
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The enemy gets a vote so no plan survives first contact with the enemy.
I am (hopefully) coming out of a 30 month state with zero observation time beyond quick looks at a a small handful of things or doing outreach. So at this point it is observe when I can where I can. I did get one item on the list. I saw the lunar X a few days ago. That was nice.
Ultimate strategic plan* is to redo the Messier 110, go after the Herschel 2,500, Caldwell 109, AL Carbon Stars, AL Double Stars, AL Lunar, AL Asterisms, ANL Open Cluster, AL PN, and AL Bright Nebulae. Also to image many of the items listed.
* I realize the crossover and duplication.
EDIT: This is my strategic plan. Not my 2017 or 2018-2019 plan. By that I mean over a great deal of time well into retirement I am planning to do these lists.

I have a static Hershel 2500 list, but was wondering if there are any interactive, filterable/sortable versions of that list online?

Best.

Jim

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2018, 11:42:45 PM »
More of a free-for-all than a plan.

Planning a trip to Southern Baja California. Have never been there. Bringing a trusty 85/600 refractor and a couple of eyepieces.

Looking forward to searching for planetary nebulae in Eridanus and Cetus and track down Mira as well. And I will look for Lambda Aquarii to see if there is a blue planet nearby. And I have never seen the asteroid Pallas and it is favourably placed in Fornax right now, near Omega Fornacis. Nor have I observed NGC 253 or NGC 55.

It will be so nice to see these southerly objects for the first time in warm weather.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2018, 09:58:30 PM »
Here's a link to the 2500 list in a .txt file. This could be pulled into MS Access to create a searchable file.
http://obs.nineplane...schel/h2500.txt

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 11:13:37 PM »
Nice, completed most of my list tonight. Just missing the "10 brightest visible stars in one night" part.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 01:07:43 AM »
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The enemy gets a vote so no plan survives first contact with the enemy.
I am (hopefully) coming out of a 30 month state with zero observation time beyond quick looks at a a small handful of things or doing outreach. So at this point it is observe when I can where I can. I did get one item on the list. I saw the lunar X a few days ago. That was nice.
Ultimate strategic plan* is to redo the Messier 110, go after the Herschel 2,500, Caldwell 109, AL Carbon Stars, AL Double Stars, AL Lunar, AL Asterisms, ANL Open Cluster, AL PN, and AL Bright Nebulae. Also to image many of the items listed.
* I realize the crossover and duplication.
EDIT: This is my strategic plan. Not my 2017 or 2018-2019 plan. By that I mean over a great deal of time well into retirement I am planning to do these lists.

I have a static Hershel 2500 list, but was wondering if there are any interactive, filterable/sortable versions of that list online?

Best.

Jim
Here's some: http://www.messier.s...r/herschel.html

This is interesting, direct links to some of the objects:http://www.messier.s...lar/h2500a.html

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 03:16:46 AM »
Keep on doing what I normally do, hope for dark skies and the best weather on a new moon weekend around the new moon in December.

Right now I'm working on open clusters, a few planetaries and the Skiff & Luginbuhl catalog (from the back of their book)since most of the Herschels are behind the sun, or come up way too late for me to tackle right now.

All this means I also have to reprogram the special objects in my Sky Commander to replace the ones I found last month during the dark moon weekend on November 18th.

Now, if the weather breaks...

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 02:02:03 PM »
Looking forward to the Geminids.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 09:00:01 AM »
Planned - Geminids

Unplanned - the universe!!!

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2018, 09:53:02 AM »
I usually always list more dso's than I will get to for a given month. But if I don't get to them this month in Dec.'17, I will try for them for January 2018. I like to observe dso's that I have observed before for the chance to possibly see more details from repeat observations.But, here's my list for December this month of objects to my knowledge that I have never observed, or I don't have any record of observing.10 or 12 non-Messier, non-NGC open clusters in CassiopeiaThe Deer Lick group near NGC 7331 in Peg.NGC 7713, 7513, 7507, I-5332 gal's in Sculptor.UGC 1195 in Pisces. NGC 673 Aries, NGC 428, 450. 988, 991, 309 in Cetus.NGC 1433, 1448, 1512/10 disrupted pair in Horologium --(should be a challenge)NGC 986, 1288, 1292 in Fornax, 1437, 1537 in Eridanus.NGC 1160/61, 1169 in Per.Abell 347-(910, 911, 914 at least) in And.HCG 10, (529, 531, 536 at least) And.IC-2118 "Witch head" Neb. Eri.NGC 1784, 1744 spirals in Lepus.NGC 1800, 2188 in Columba20 or so non-Messier, non-NGC open clusters in Mon, CMa, Puppus, Pyxis.Ru 64/ Pt 5, Cr 197, NGC 2671 Open clusters in Vela (should be a challenge)UGC 3697 "Integral Sign Galaxy" in Cam.NGC 2805 UMa.NGC 2719 Lynx