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Visually observing the horsehead

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17 years 5 months ago #39708 by ftodonoghue
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Hi folks

Just wondering if anybody here has visually observed the horsehead nebula and if so, what were the conditions at the time of observation and what size instrument/magnification did you use.

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Trevor

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17 years 5 months ago #39709 by DaveGrennan
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Yep, seen it many times. The smallest scope I saw it in was a 16" reflector. Always with a lumicon H-Beta filter and very dark skies.

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17 years 5 months ago #39712 by michaeloconnell
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Seen it a few times with my 8" LX90. From a very dark sky though. Couldn't see the horsehead shape itself but just the nebula. Needs a wide field of view. A contrast boosting filter helps also.

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17 years 5 months ago #39715 by Seanie_Morris
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I don't recall ever 'seeing' it myself. Though now I have the club's 12 inch reflector, so I should try again this winter.

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17 years 5 months ago #39720 by ftodonoghue
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Thanks lads,

I reckoned this might be just about doable in an 8" on an exceptional night...If I am lucky I will spot it in the next 20 years or so.

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17 years 5 months ago #39738 by DaveGrennan
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Trevor, You'd be lucky to spot it in an 8" even from the darkest of skies. I remember one time looking at it with a h-beta filter through a 20" from the darkest skies of west mayo (with jed glover, phil lardner and ronan newman) and it was just on the very edge of visibility.

However you never know.

I have a 1.25" inch lumicon h-beta filter. If you (or anyone) wants to borrow it you'd be more than welcome to.

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