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A Tale of Three Globulars: Messier 2, Messier 13 and Messier 15

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Back in early October, I spun around and picked out three of the most fantastic globulars: Messier 13, (“The Great Cluster in Hercules”), Messier 2, and Messier 15. All three of these look spectacular even with a big and bright moon out and they are all great both for visual viewing as well as imaging. And here I am now, with clouds in Woodinville — beside a big bright moon. And I’d be imaging comet 103p/Hartley 2 anyway, so what else to do!? Play with processing old data!

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Working under difficult skies!

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Last night was the first night where stars were generally visible here for the first time in a LONG time – since about May 13th… Ouch! Overall seeing conditions were generally poor, but I thought I’d go out and see what I could do. On top of the generally poor seeing conditions the sky offered atmospherically, a big, bright full disc moon complicated matters more. However, I thought I’d get out there and take advantage of it while I had an opportunity and see what I could get done. Stars More >

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