This is my personal site which is dedicated to amateur telescope making and observing the sky. As I've learned a lot from others who shared their experiences on the internet, it seems only natural to publish some of my own. Due to the international nature of amateur astronomy this website is written in English. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.
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Carl’s L

Carl’s L

Yes, the title to this page is a little strange, but so is the object the page is about. When preparing for a night of observing in the late summer of 2009 I used a different strategy than I usually do. Normally I would check which objects of my big “to see” list where observable by using Skytools and then a would make a selection. This time however I decided to just use the interactive map feature and see what I would come across in the neighborhood of a few well know objects. That’s when a came across what appeared to be an small asterism shaped like a large L.

According to skytools it would be visible in my 45 cm using a 17 mm Nagler (121x). Since I first thought it was a glitch in the program, I searched for a few pictures of the area. None of them showed the object. All showed a rather homogeneous field of stars. That night I tried to find it and to my surprise it was actually visible. The asterism consists of a few stars of 10th mag and a lot of stars of 12th mag and fainter. Its not a spectacular object, but the straight line on the long side of the L is quite distinctive. So if you are observing objects in the vicinity of this asterism, do have look.

Carl’s L R.A.: 17h52m50.7s  Dec.: -30°38’46”
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