April Herschel 70

April Herschel 70

Postby edward-fraini » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:36 pm

If anyone builds an electronic file (be it .xls,.stx or even .pdf) of the 70 Herschel items that he discovered on one night in April I would sure like to get a copy of it. I subscribe to Astronomy and not S&T where they were listed. I think it would be neat to repeat the performance. Even with Digital Circles.

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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby chris-ober » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:50 pm

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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby edward-fraini » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:27 am

Thanks, Wow not sure how many of these we can see at the Columbus site, Might plan on a trip out west to give this a shot.

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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby stephen-jones » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:48 am

It's all relative Ed... I'm sure Larry M can see them all from the site
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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby chris-ober » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:21 pm

Naked-eye...

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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby rene-gedaly » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:20 am

I'm no Larry Mitchell :lol: but I'm using the great conditions at the site to do as many as I can tonight. ST3 shows 280+ at optimum visibility and another 64 at near optimum at the dark site tonight, assuming one stays up all night.

Anyone hear the story of someone in the club doing <all> the Herschel 1 in one night? I'll be using my 8" Lightswitch with some pretty decent Televue eyepieces to run through as many as possible. Hoping for 100 but I take a lot of time verifying against Uranometria and logging. I have yet to be truly satisfied with any of my attempts at the Messier Marathon because of the Virgo / Coma region. So many galaxies, how can you be sure you got an M and not another designation? Decided that the "brighter" ones were probably Messiers (but not always!) so that made searching easier. But Herschels are all over the place, literally and figuratively.
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Re: April Herschel 70

Postby rene-gedaly » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:31 am

Herschels are not Messiers. (Except the ones that are.) I added only 17 more confirmed and half that in negative observations. Could go only till 01:30 before the sky mucked out. Those who do the Herschel 70 must have really good observing conditions and a larger aperture scope than 8". And be better observers, of course. :oops: So 51 confirmed.
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