M42 Orion Nebula

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M42 Orion Nebula

Postby Cosmic » 27 Oct 2008, 17:34

Last Night about 21.00 the skies cleared and the heavens were resplendent with with a myriad of  observable objects.....Ok! Ok!
there were a lot of stars about  :)

I decided to try for DSO's with binoculars. So armed with my trusty 15x70's I settled to observe the night sky. It was very intermittent as clouds came and went. However, I managed to add M36, M37 and M38 in Auriga and around midnight I saw Orion gently meandering across the midnight sky. I looked through the bino's and saw two stars side by side in the mid belt area and these stars had a faint halo around them.

I rushed inside and got the wife to help me carry out the 12" beastie and what a revelation.

M42 in all it's glory.

A truly wondrous sight with veils of nebulosity opening like a Geisha's fan and the Trapezium of central stars glowing in the center of all this magnificent ordered confusion.
As a child looking at the belt with only my WW1 field glasses, I did not
have a chance to see this wonder of the heavens I am so thankful that I am now in a position to fulfill this with my own eyes rather than looking at a photograph in a book.

Astronomy has to be the most exciting and rewarding hobby in the Universe.

Cosmic
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.

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Postby seabay » 30 Oct 2008, 09:02

Loving this report, Geoff - it's all too easy to get caught up in the technical side of our hobby and to forget just how gorgeous and inspiring the heavens are, so thanks for reminding us in time for the forthcoming winter glories.

Cheers,
Emma
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Postby Cosmic » 30 Oct 2008, 17:26

Hi Emma
Yes you are right. We should enjoy the science/hobby without letting the
technicalities get in the way.
By the way it's so cold here at the moment that I have had to release a new
single, should be in the shops next week.. it's a christmas carol......
"Geoff's nuts roasting by an open fire" :)

Cosmic
Meade 8inch  SCT. Observatory mounted on an HEQ5 Pro using EQMOD Canon 1000D modified DSLR,200mm Dobsonian, 200mm Celestron C8, 15x70 Astro Binoculars. 2x Mintron ccd cameras, lots of other stuff.

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Postby seabay » 31 Oct 2008, 08:59

Groan!!   :lol:

It's turned absolutely bitter down here as well - it feels like it's the middle of January.  Still, it's given rise to some half-way decent skies, so can't really complain.

Cheers.
Emma
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