Forgotten But Remembered – 2

Mixed Bag

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This is the second post containing some images that I’ve taken which did not make the cut for a dedicated post. These ten images were all taken this year (2020).

Amateur astro-photography is not always about imaging the most beautiful wide nebulae. It’s also about hunting down smaller objects which are not so eye-catching and being honest about your failures.

I have a long term target of imaging as many Messier and Caldwell objects as possible. Some of these objects are quite tiny in the 1.5° x 1.0° field of view of my f/7 telescope.

The planetary nebulae, of which two are included above don’t rate much of a wow factor but I got them, didn’t I?

I’m looking to see what I can do about capturing an improved narrow field but in the meantime I can at least add these to my list of imaged objects. 🤓


With new infections dwindling, Australia is beginning to relax some Covid19 restrictions. Most of the new infections are detected in homecoming overseas travellers who are already in quarantine.

Our Society is now permitted to organise field events for a maximum of ten members but my Bride has a compromised immune system so we are both remaining in lock-down. So I’ll be stuck with the Front Driveway Observatory (FDO) for a while longer. I hope the gloomy weather outlook improves!



21 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing those images. I appreciate your finding nuggets that are interesting challenges.

    We are not really seeing much improvement in our state of Iowa, contrary to what the governor claims. Data does not match her stories. We are not going out to eat or gather.

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    1. I hope things improve in your country and that all the #BLM rallies over there and around the world will not result in an unfortunate rebound of new cases.

      Even with very low infection rates here in New South Wales right now, the elderly and otherwise vulnerable are still being advised to continue taking the strongest precautions. Ultimately we are responsible for our own safety.

      Astronomy keeps me sane.

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  2. I’ll need to borrow the FDO label! Great shots. Here near NYC I have a lot of trees at the FDO and the the planets are in the very early morning due to the early sunrise. Keeping a low profile so I can help with the grandkids. Stay well!

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    1. Thanks. I guess you must have a lot of light pollution to contend with at your location. At least Jupiter and Saturn are meandering back into the evening sky – not that the sky has been visible much here lately…

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      1. I’m very grumpy about Jupiter and Saturn. They are no more than 30 degrees above the horizon at 40 degrees north this summer. They don’t rise until 9:30 local daylight time, even at the end of June. You get them at 70 degrees above the horizon! Looking forward to seeing them soon, anyway!

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        1. LOL – it’s a conspiracy!

          Actually I hadn’t paid any attention to this but it seems you are right. Jupiter is currently at Dec. 21° S and Saturn nearby at 20° S. That must hugely disadvantage most northern hemisphere observers.

          I wasn’t planning to do much planetary observing this year but we’ll see….

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  3. Most enjoyable diversion from the reality still effecting ( or Affecting?) us here in NJ. These are beautiful images, Having located an visually seen the Planet Pluto back in the 1960’s with my 10” “Criterion” Reflector, I’ve always felt I belonged to a relatively exclusive club, and your images certainly would put you in there as well, except maybe, now it is no longer a planet!!! None the less the honor stands for us visual and photographic observers. M 🙂

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    1. As you imply, you’ve observed nine planets, whilst I will be forever stuck on eight. It would have been much more difficult for you as a visual observer to confirm you have seen Pluto, although I suspect it would not have been in the Milky Way star field then, which perhaps would have helped. I’m only aware of one other member of our society who has tracked Pluto down.

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      1. We have a member of our Westchester Astronomers club who has a 8-inch Celestron with image intensifiers so he can post sky sights on a computer screen. It’s great seeing galaxies and nebulae in color! One night, thanks to careful advance planning with finder charts, he was pointing out Pluto to our guests. So, (Once again) I had to revise my sky talk for the part where I would say ‘we can’t show you Pluto, but. . . ” Really, he could have pointed to any of those tiny dots and said ‘Pluto is one of these’, but he did his homework and showed he could single out this used-to-be-a-planet.

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        1. My admiration for those who can do that. I always find – whether in one of my images or through the eyepiece – that what I see never quite looks the same as the star chart.

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  4. Oh, and thanks for the list of objects you captured. I’ll be enjoying time relating to those I might have found years ago, when the skies were darker, (even without a Pandemic!) M 🙂

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  5. I appoligize for the reference above about Pluto. Absolutly wrong and I should have realized that instantly. So I retract my original comments above, and give YOU the full credit for your ACTUAL outstanding image of this very elusive object. Yesterday, 6/17/20, I finally located my notes from younger days, showing Pluto was never an observable option.
    On the other hand, Neptune, was not a figment of my imagination. It was April 25, 1962, (48 years ago.) From Bergenfield, N.J., using a Criterian 6″ f/8 reflector, “It would take a few minutes to find Neptune as a blue and very small, dim object, and percieved as a small disk at higher power.” My notes indicated I would swing over to a brighter and familiar object, M 57, after seeing Neptune. It would be some time after this night that the 6″ would be traded in for a 10″ Reflector mentioned in my comment above. But dispite that, Pluto would have been likely out of reach, and I never gave it a thought. M 🙂

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    1. I never tried to observe Pluto when I was doing visual observing. Without using time lapse photography I considered it extremely difficult.

      Neptune has a unique appearance but even so, finding it in 1962 was quite an achievement for you – it must have been a special moment! What method did you use back then – setting circles or star hopping?

      I never found it before I began using a ‘go to’ telescope about twelve years ago.

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