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Handheld Heavens

What can you see through an un-mounted 60mm mini-Borg with 24mm Panoptic and 13mm Nagler at 2000m under clear and dark sky?

The Double Cluster and Stock 2 can be seen in the same field of view (fov). The nearby large hazes of IC 1848 and 1805 are embedded with stars.

The dark nebulae of B3, 4 and 5 are visible (?!) in Perseus also the California Nebula without filters (and naked-eye with H-beta filter), the Running Man, Great Orion and NGC 1980 nebulae.

The westerly border of the Lambda Orionis nebula can be wafted across the fov. Barnard’s Loop is visible all the way around to the ‘knees’ of Orion.

Numerous groups of bright Milky Way open clusters fill the w-i-d-e fov.

The 13mm adds a little more power and darkens the sky background. Galaxies galore! The groupings of Messiers 95, 96 and 105, Messiers 65, 66 and NGC 3628 are superb.

Finally, NGC2903 could be seen in the mane of Leo along with a lovely juxtaposition of the Owl Nebula (M97) and M108 in Ursa Major.

Oh, it’s started to cloud over. Have you got your equatorial aligned yet..?

March 7th, 20:00, Mt. Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

by Unknown ADAS member

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