[Chaos-l] My First Galaxy!
md_south at mac.com
Wed Nov 1 09:10:21 EST 2006
M81 and M82 were my first galaxies I saw back in '92 with my 8-inch scope. It was awesome to know I was seeing not one but two of the largest objects in the visible universe in the same field of view.
Coming this spring, be sure to check out Leo and Virgo for groups of galaxies. Virgo has a "chain" of these galaxies you'll be able to follow.
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On Tuesday, October 31, 2006, at 05:21PM, "walter fowler" <walterfowler at gmail.com> wrote:
>Don't be so modest. A seasoned stargazer (none other than Al Nagler) told
>me that M81/82 are not so easy to find. Not that many bright markers in
>that part of the sky. Congratulations. walter
>On 10/29/06, Anthony Caporale <acaporale at nc.rr.com> wrote:
>> Bagged my first galaxy tonight, and my second right afterward -- M81 and
>> from my deck in Woodcroft. Started out with a pair of binoculars and a
>> of Sky & Telescope, and ended up at my 8" Orion reflector with a blanket
>> over my head and an eyepatch on, but I finally got them! I know this
>> that big a deal, but I feel like I conquered Everest -- this was the
>> culmination of dozens of hours of searching, not really even knowing what
>> look for, with no luck and then there they were! Easily on par (well,
>> almost) with seeing Saturn for the first time! None of my friends will
>> appreciate this, so I had to share it with people who care. Sorry to
>> but it's about 5A and I'm still pretty excited.
>> Hopefully I'll be able to make it out to the dark site some time soon and
>> learn from folks who actually know what they're doing. Love reading the
>> posts, though!
>> Anthony Caporale
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