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Stargazing Southern Skies Observing

  1. Jul 21, 2016 #1

    russ_watters

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    Next week, I'll be traveling on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa. I'll have with me a nice pair of compact binoculars, a 60mm 20-60x zoom spotting scope and a nice superzoom point and shoot camera. I'm looking for advice on things to see. So far, I have:

    -The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds
    -Crux
    -Coal Sack and Jewel Box
    -Omega Centauri Globular Cluster

    Other suggestions?!
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2016 #2

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    awesome :smile: Was in Uganda and South Africa myself a few months ago

    There is also the Eta Carina nebula not far from the southern Cross (Crux), huge nebula, pretty much naked eye from a dark site
    close to Omega Centauri globular, there is the Centaurus A radio galaxy ... tho may a bit tough with what you have
    you mite just visually see it from a dark site

    ummm .....
    not sure if NGC 253 is above the horizon yet in the late evening ... very large edge on galaxy
    47 Tuc bright globular cluster close to the SMC
    NGC2070 the Tarantula nebula at one end of the LMC


    there's a few off the top of my head :smile:


    Dave
     
  4. Jul 22, 2016 #3

    Borg

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    Unfortunately you'll be too early to see a big (complete) MeerKAT.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2016 #4

    davenn

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    cool !!
     
  6. Jul 27, 2016 #5

    Astronuc

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    Adding to the several davenn mentioned, Southern Pleaides (an open star cluster) in addition to omega Centauri (a globular cluster), the eta Carinae Nebula (a bright nebula). Apparently, one can get a good look at the Milky Way.

    http://assa.saao.ac.za/sections/deep-sky/nebulae-clusters/big5/
     
  7. Jul 27, 2016 #6

    davenn

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    indeed
    at the moment and around 8 - 9PM the Milky Way is overhead
    a deckchair and a pair of binoculars are ideal for slowly working along all the objects in the Milky Way


    Dave
     
  8. Jul 27, 2016 #7

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