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Re: (IAAC) Obj: M104 "Sombrero Galaxy" - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT, fork mount



Hello Paul,

Here in Perú we call the asterism with three stars pointing to M104, "el
bastón" (cane, stick or rod).

Saludos.

Celso Montalvo
Lima - PERU
[UT - 5h]

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alsing, Paul" <palsing@harris.com>
To: <netastrocatalog-announce@atmob.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 5:02 PM
Subject: RE: (IAAC) Obj: M104 "Sombrero Galaxy" - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT,
fork mount


>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: apache@atmob.org [mailto:apache@atmob.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 6:12 PM
> To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog
> Subject: (IAAC) Obj: M104 "Sombrero Galaxy" - Inst: Celestar 8" SCT,
> fork mount
> ----
>
> Observation Poster: William L. Schart <wschart@hot.rr.com>
>
> Observer: William L. Schart
> Object(s): M104 "Sombrero Galaxy"
>
> ***********************************************
>
> William,
>
> There is a cool asterism very near M104 that is quite unique.
>
> Scan all around M104 until you find a little asterism that looks like a
pistol.
> It is basically 3 stars in a row with a 4th star bending down and forming
the
> "handle" of the gun. It is about 4 or 5 M104-diameters away, and is very
easy to
> see with a wide-field eyepiece. I have also heard it called "the shark".
>
> This little pistol is aiming almost directly at M104. Now, using the short
> handle of the gun as a direction pointer, go a field or 2 in that
direction. You
> will come to an almost perfect equilateral triangle of stars, and within
this
> triangle is another, smaller (almost perfect) equilateral triangle of
stars,
> offset in rotation from the outer triangle by about 30 degrees. Almost
everyone
> who sees this for the first time makes an exclamation of some sort, it is
really
> an unexpected treat.
>
> I have heard this asterism referred to as "Stargate", but I'll bet it has
many
> other names.
>
> Enjoy.
>
> \Paul Alsing
>
>
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