Re: (IAAC) Obj: Unknown - Inst: aperture=3.5 700mm Focal Length, tr
>As you are observing with a scope of 3.5" aperture your limiting,
>magnitude stars are 11.5. So, forget any Index Catalogue objects
>being in the range of this telescope at least in this area. M9
>is 3.5 degrees from Sabik and is at 7.8(v).
Toney's advice is generally true - the IC is often refered as the
"I *don't* See" by amateur telescope owners. :) However, there is
a short list of IC objects that are easily within reach of even a
very small amateur instrument - including one somewhat nearby the
very area in question, namely, off the E "shoulder" of Ophiuchus.
It is IC 4665, also known as Collinder 349, Melotte 179, and (by
me at least) as the "Epaulette Cluster", because of its position.
Here is an observation of this IC object with 7x50 binoculars!
Of course, I don't mean to suggest that Mark Wilson misidentified
his field by 40 degrees! No indeed: What he saw clearly must be
something else entirely - perhaps M5, or perhaps a comet, or may
be something else utterly. But it is interesting to note what we
are usually apt to assume about the more "obscure" deep-sky cata-
logs like the IC, is not always entirely the case!
Clear skies over Lehigh Acres, Mark, and to all around the globe,
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