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The Coathanger Cluster by Paul Curtis

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25/08/2012 - 14:15
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With apologies to everyone for the delayed posting of this Picture of the Week (your galleries webmaster has been in the USA), here is an excellent image of the CoathangerCluster (Brocchis cluster) in Vulpecula, taken by BAA member Prof Paul Curtis. The object is currently high in the sky and isan excellent binocular object. The image was taken fromhis home near Andover, with a modified Canon 1100D DSLR through a Meade 80mm f/6 APO refractor, guided by a Meade LX200. The image was a single one minute exposure, processed in Astroart and Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.

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260P McNaught

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23/08/2012 - 20:18
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Neptune at Opposition

Neptune comes to opposition on August 24 in the constellation of Aquarius and lies just over a degree to the east of 38 Aquarii. At opposition, its magnitude will be +7.8 and so it can be seen with just a pair of binoculars or a very mall telescope. A chart for finding Neptune can be found in the BAA Handbook.

Observers with larger instruments may be able to see the planet’s disk which is only 2”.4 across.

Its largest satellite is Triton. Although this is only about 13 magnitude, it should be seen visually in large amateur telescopes or via digital imaging techniques such as shown in the attached image taken by Maurice Gavin on 2010 August 30.

By Mike Foulkes, Saturn Section Director

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189P Neat

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13/08/2012 - 19:33
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C/2010 R1 Linear

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13/08/2012 - 19:31
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C/2011 F1 Linear

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13/08/2012 - 19:25
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C/2009P1 Garradd

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13/08/2012 - 19:23
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29P Schwassmann Wachmann

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13/08/2012 - 19:21
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C/2012 NJ La Sagra

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13/08/2012 - 12:32
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C/2012 K5 Linear

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13/08/2012 - 12:22
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