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Postby philip pugh » Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:03 pm

As luck would have it, I wasn't able to get out until nearly midnight last night. Although it was apparently clear, the only galaxy I was able to pot was M81 with my bins. M44 and Melotte 111 showed well but they're easier targets anyway. I tried for M82, M65, M66 and M51 but didn't see them. I had a surprisingly good view of M13 and saw a fuzzy patch where M3 is supposed to be.
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RE: M81

Postby nighthawk » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:36 am

For some reason I still haven't managed to confirm M81 or M82 yet I can see M33 naked eye. Also sometimes see M37 M38 M36 in Auriga naked eye and at other times have the devil of a job to spot them with 15 x 70 bins. Maybe old age creeping in.
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RE: M81

Postby philip pugh » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:43 am


[quote]ORIGINAL: nighthawk

For some reason I still haven't managed to confirm M81 or M82 yet I can see M33 naked eye. Also sometimes see M37 M38 M36 in Auriga naked eye and at other times have the devil of a job to spot them with 15 x 70 bins. Maybe old age creeping in.
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I've never seen M33 with the naked eye. The answer is that not all "clear" nights are the same. I've seen a claim from a reliable source of seeing M81 with the naked eye.
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RE: M81

Postby les » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:06 am

HI There,
The best time to see M33 with the naked eye is in autumn after a prolonged spell of rain as pressure is rising and after the passage of a cold front in breezy conditions.I never been able to spot it without optical aid even in these ideal conditions.However even the smallest binoculars reveal it and have seen it easily with 8X21's.
Regards and clear skies Les.
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RE: M81

Postby cyclops » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:33 pm

I've still not yet seen any of Ursa Major's galaxies! Need to have a really good crack at it sometime with the 10 x 50s
There's coffee in that nebula!
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RE: M81

Postby philip pugh » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:40 pm


[quote]ORIGINAL: Cyclops

I've still not yet seen any of Ursa Major's galaxies! Need to have a really good crack at it sometime with the 10 x 50s
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I think only M81 and M82 are readily visible in 50mm bins, except from a dark site. M101's nice. M51 isn't strictly in Ursa Major but I have seen it in bins on occasions.
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RE: M81

Postby brianb » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:56 pm

[quote]M51 isn't strictly in Ursa Major[/quote]
I know what you mean ... nevertheless the best way to find M51 is starting from Alkaid (the star at the end of the Great Bear's tail); Canes Venaticorum is pretty much a non-constellation so far as I'm concerned, to the naked eye just a few faintish stars jammed between Bootes and the backside of the Bear. Cor Caroli (the brightest star in this region by a fair margin) is a nice low power "double" though.

I've seen M51 with the naked eye. Just. Provided sky conditions are reasonable (dark & transparent) it stands out pretty well in binoculars.

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