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Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:13 pm
by chris-ober
Well, the first one anyway.
Herschel 400 certificate and pin arrived in mail today. Yay!

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:31 pm
by steve-pinney
chris-ober wrote:Well, the first one anyway.
Herschel 400 certificate and pin arrived in mail today. Yay!


Nice Job!

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:00 pm
by edward-fraini
Congratulations, I know this one goes way back for you, like to high school days.
Ed F

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:16 am
by chris-ober
Thanks.

First recorded observation, NGC 2362, was logged Jan 25, 1986 on my almost brand spankin' new C8+. I was 14.
I still have that scope too.

edward-fraini wrote:Congratulations, I know this one goes way back for you, like to high school days.
Ed F

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:45 am
by stephen-jones
Congrats Chris! Hopefully it doesn't take me quite so long. I've still got a long way to go though

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:09 pm
by edward-fraini
Chis, will you please contact me at

[email protected]

I have a CNC project for you to consider.

Ed Fraini

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:00 am
by rene-gedaly
CONGRATS :!: Impressive!!! :D

Re: Herschels done!!!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:51 am
by rene-gedaly
Me, too :D
Only took me 8 years. 257 objects star-hopped, 143 objects via GoTo.

Observing locations: Anahuac, Columbus, Eldorado, Fort Davis, Galveston, and Montgomery, Texas.
Resources (for advance study, planning, and verification): Kepple, et al The Night Sky Observer's Guide Vols 1, 2, 3; O'Meara's Herschel 400 Observing Guide.

Once you start doing the Herschels, especially if switching to goto, you really have to study the objects ahead of time otherwise you won't know you've actually seen what you were attempting to see. So expect to put in lots of desk time, too. I use printed observing guides. Maybe there are good guides online now, too, but I find the printed guides easier and more inclusive as they generally go constellation by constellation. Except for O'Meara's. He goes by best objects to see night by night by month/season.