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6 months 4 weeks ago #106302 by Fermidox
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Caught this flare in Camelopardalis around 6.30; the centreline passed 1km from my location and was given as mag -7 in Calsky but -8.1 in Heavens Above. At its brightest it lights up the surrounding sky and must give a reasonable impression of what a Supernova would look like -



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6 months 4 weeks ago #106304 by flt158
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Brilliantly caught, Finbarr.

And what is that I see in the upper right hand corner?

Why -it's Kemble's Cascade.

Aubrey.
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6 months 4 weeks ago - 6 months 4 weeks ago #106305 by Fermidox
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Well spotted Aubrey! An attractive sight through 15x70 binos and I think quite surprising that it was discovered as late as 1980.
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6 months 4 weeks ago #106306 by flt158
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Wow Finbarr! I did not know that.
I think I first heard of Kemble's Cascade from Patrick Moore.
And I have observed in my 158 mm apo.
The trick is to observe its south side first -then its north side.
I cannot observe it all at once even when using my 2" 38 mm eyepiece at 40X.
The star cluster NGC 1502 is a stunner at the end.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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6 months 4 weeks ago #106307 by stevie
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Well caught Finbarr, excellent image.Further to NGC1502 and Kemble's Cascade, there is an excellent planetary nebula nearby, NGC1501
But the big challenge in Camelopardalis is the galaxy IC342, a face-on galaxy of magnitude 9.1. Easy peasy you may think, but it is a difficult object, as it lies very close to the plane of the Milky Way and we see it through obscuring dust. I have managed to see it twice over the years, both times from Bragan mountain in County Monaghan. Well worth a go.

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