Re: (IAAC) Obj: NGC 3242 (Ghost of Jupiter, CBS Eye) - Inst: 11" f/4.5 dob
With my 8" Newtonian there would be a hell of a lot of small greasy smudge's
then!! Probably from eating to many chip butties!
> Well said, Lew. As a former hight school sports official, I say "Call'em
> like you see'em!", whatever culture you metaphor belongs to.
> William Schart
> On Monday, April 2, 2001, at 03:17 PM, Lew Gramer wrote:
> > Well, I'm surely happy to have stirred an enthusiastic (if pointed)
> > response
> > with one of my IAAC observing logs! :)
> > A certain well-respected European gentleman wrote:
> >> What on Earth do you mean by "CBS Eye"? Is this a cultural reference
> >> that non-Americans are not privy to?
> > To which another person of unknown provenance replied:
> >> Probably a cultural reference, unfortunately.
> > As was guessed on the IAAC list, the "CBS Eye" name is indeed a cultural
> > reference, although not one invented by me, I assure you all... I have
> > often
> > heard this alternate name used (by Americans, naturally) for the
> > "Ghost".
> > By the way, here is a passable, online image of the questioned logo:
> > http://www.cbsnews.com
> > And here, a wonderfully illustrative image of the planetary in question:
> > http://www.blackskies.com/images/Hunter/ngc3242_s.jpg
> > Some say that "poetry" consists in that essential part of language
> > which can
> > never be translated. (In this view, a "translated poem" is in fact
> > really an
> > entirely new poem in the new language...) The same may be said of many
> > apt, if
> > limited cultural references, including among them the Eskimo Nebula,
> > Rosette,
> > Beehive (a reference to a dead agricultural practice!), Papillon
> > (i1708), or
> > most particularly the Christmas Tree cluster, Toby Jug nebula (i2220),
> > etc.
> > In my defence, the aging, culturally-limited CBS corporate logo is such
> > an apt
> > description of the true visual AND photographic appearance of n3242 -
> > far
> > better, to my eye, than "Ghost of Jupiter" or similar monikers - that I
> > would
> > never hesitate to use it, even if others might miss the reference at
> > first.
> > What's more, if anyone ever did in fact report "Chip Butty" to be the
> > most apt
> > description for a deep-sky object's appearance, or for that matter if I
> > saw an
> > observing log of the "Kumis Nebula" or "Haggis Galaxy" (;>), I naively
> > hope I
> > would rather be intrigued to understand what the observer's eye and
> > mind truly
> > perceived, than offended at not understanding their reference right
> > away? And
> > so it's with THIS spirit that I take the well-respected gentleman's
> > question!
> > To all a clear sky! Or if it must be cloudy, then to all a good debate,
> > Lew Gramer
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