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Skywatcher 150P - I choose you!

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jonathan

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Clear skies were forecast for most of the night so I decided to give the 150P a go at the telescope targets (which I failed to get anywhere with using the ST80, that was mostly due to a bad night though).

Found the first target, the Crab Nebula (M1), something I had not seen before. Not brilliant seeing conditions, on a better night may even be able to make out some structure, but tonight it just looked like a grey blob.

Other highlights of the night include my first sighting of the Great Red Spot - evident as a pale gap in the upper cloud belt (as seen in the telescope). It was at the correct time for the spot to be visible so I assumed this was it, as it is not red at the moment.

Also managed to get decent views of the Orion Nebular, the Fish's Mouth and Trapezium stars, although could not focus fully using the 5mm due to seeing conditions.

Tried for the Owl cluster but the clouds were already rolling in and seeing conditions had taken a dive. Jupiter had a big halo around it and my optics were dewing up (even my glasses).

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You will not be disapointed with that scopr Jonathan, I have the 150PL and have found it to be an excellent scope! Jupiter shows an amazing level of detail, I use a filter to dim it down somewhat as it is very bright. Just wait till you get Saturn and Mars in your EP you will be truely blown away by those.

Clear Sky's to you!

Ian

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