(IAAC) What can you see in your telescope? (New IAAC search form)

On Yahoo Group GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS, Mike Wirths said:

>Also Lew Gramer's netastrocatalog which is the best site
>of its kind on the net for observation archives:
>    http://www.visualdeepsky.org/

Wow, Mike, thanks for the plug! It really give me a push
to keep administering deepsky email lists and Web sites,
when I get the occasional compliment like this one. :)

BTW, I think the GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS list is a great
new addition to the resources for amateur deep-skiers on
the Net! It has already given me some good ideas - both
on observing, and on how to improve my own deep-sky site.

For example, this thread, and David's question in parti-
cular, spurred me to create a new Search option for the
'netastrocatalog' archive, based on aperture size!

The IAAC observation catalog's "standard" Search page:
allows you to search for observing logs based on a cat-
alog and identifier (or common name) for the object.

However, there is a NEW way to list observing logs based
on *aperture of the instrument* used in the observation:

(The next step will be to combine these two search forms
into a single master form... Whenever I get some time!)

Note that one reason I never did this before, is because
aperture is often NOT the most important determinant for
whether you can see a particular object or a particular
detail: I think the observer's experience level, and the
sky conditions partly as well, can be far more important
than the instrument! But if you're just starting out, it
can be a really stimulating challenge, to know that with
the right conditions and with enough "eye training", you
actually CAN see a given object in your instrument!

Please let me know what readers think about the new IAAC
search option, and keep the great posts coming on G-G_C!

Clear skies,
Lew Gramer <owner-netastrocatalog@atmob.org>

> -----Original Message-----
>      To: GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS@yahoogroups.com
>    Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 17:05:32 -0400
>    From: "Mike Wirths" <mwirths@superaje.com>
> Subject: Re: Galaxies for the Smaller Scopes
> David,
> Here a couple of sites you may not be aware of, they
> will give you some ideas:
> http://www.angelfire.com/id/jsredshift/virlites.htm
> also there is Greg Crinklaws observing site:
> http://www.skyhound.com/sh/skyhound.html
> check out the archives too!
> Also Lew Gramer's netastrocatalog which is the best
> site of its kind on the net for observation archives:
> http://www.visualdeepsky.org/
> If you don't have them the Kepple/Sanner Night sky
> observers guides are a must have!
> http://www.willbell.com/handbook/nitesky.htm
> And finally get out observing with a club, ferret
> out the deep/sky galaxy nuts and see if you can
> join them, that's a fun way of learning!!
> Cheers
> Mike Wirths
> -----Original Message-----
> To: GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Sunday, April 06, 2003 12:00 PM
> From: orionboyy <...>
> Subject: [GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS] Galaxies for the Smaller Scopes
> >I am interested in getting some tips on galaxies that would be more
> >rewarding objects for a smaller scope.  Specifically, I have a Nexstar
> >8GPS and a Nexstar 5i.  I have found M81/M82 quite worthwhile under
> >good conditions, as well as the Sombrero Galaxy.  As soon as the
> >weather gets better, I'd like to begin exploring the cluster of
> >galaxies just north of Virgo, in particular.  I'd like to hear from
> >people who have done a fair amount of galaxy hunting with a scope no
> >bigger than mine.
> >
> >David Windstrom
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GALAXYS-GALAXY_CLUSTERS

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