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PostSubject: Your favorite off-the-beaten-path object   Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:52 pm

On my last trip out to dark skies I came upon NGC 1513, an unremarkable, faint little open cluster that to my eye was just beautiful. Perhaps it was just the right combination of scope, eyepiece, darkness, ambiance, or whatever, but it just struck me. What off-the-beaten-path objects are like that to you? I'm not talking about familiar showpiece objects, or even objects that would necessarily appeal to most observers. I'm talking about that object that most would consider to be a 3/10, but for some uniquely personal reason strikes you as a 10/10. Please include the object name, a description, the scope/eyepiece, and anything else that added to the experience.

Here's mine:

NGC 1513. A small open cluster in Perseus.
Tele Vue 85, 6mm Ethos (100x)
Clear dark skies (black zone)

A faint, compact, curling string of similar-magnitude stars. At first glance I immediately felt like I was looking at a string of pearls that my wife had just taken off and laid down in the top of her jewelry box after an elegant night out. As I continued to look, my mind wandered to holiday parties and anniversary trips, past and future.
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