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  1. Wow lovely descriptions and very nice captures with the binoculars Paul. Very much a flavour of Summer. I look forward to much of this myself a bit later in the year, when my Northerly skies begin to get dark again and much of this is at altitude.
  2. Sorry to hear that Mike, I hope that you recover quickly. Nice description of NGC 6229, I shall look out for the rabbit head profile next time. Yes that little galaxy is always worth looking for John, I couldn't quite get it last night, I think there was a little bit of mist around to. The only other slightly notable event, was encountering an Iridium or Satellite flare. Whilst spending time gazing, in-between observing each of the Globular's, I noticed a satellite traveling from North West to North East, when suddenly it became very bright (than for example Jupiter) almost like a search light. I swung the scope onto it before it dimmed then disappeared, quite a surreal encounter in a way.
  3. The session commenced at midnight when it had become suitably dark enough to maneuver my 14" dobsonian to aim towards Hercules. Breezy gusts had begun to pick up on my open moorland location, which had earlier distorted a little the view of Jupiter. M13 became a welcome sight, blazing brightly, spider like chains of stars distinct and resolved. The Propeller, which constitutes a three blade profile of dark lanes was clear and apparent, the best view provided by my 10mm Delos (184X with paracorr). M92 followed, smaller in profile but equally bright and resolved. NGC 6229 is yet smaller, quite bright with a granule texture, pleasing to observe but not as easily resolved. The eastern sky was already beginning to brighten by the time I had swung the scope around towards Cepheus picking up the cluster NGC 6939, and what I perceived was a very faint NG 6946. I had though run out of time located at my Northern latitude to attempt the super nova and by 1.30 am had begun to pack up. By the time I arrived home, the dawn chorus had already begun.
  4. Hi Michael thanks for the invite, just read this, intent on planning on heading up to Battle Hill, will look forward to catching up another time, have a good night.
  5. Been a very good period including tonight, I feel now that I have finished work, obliged to make the effort to venture on a season finale dark sky trip.
  6. Perhaps after digesting this knowledge gathering, conclusively you need to follow your instincts Richard. As you have a 12" flextube preying on your mind, then just maybe why not. It might at first seem perceived as being a bit on the large size wait until you see the boxes, but in time will scale down as you become accustom to it. Manual or go to, manual sketching deep sky objects should work out fine (with wide, ultra wide eyepiece) and / or you could add a tracking platform in time. Drawing is a natural inclination, so to becomes scope nudging.
  7. Looks good you are getting closer to arriving at a decision. Just three aspects to be mindful ; The goto version will be heavier due to the weight of the motor. Do consider to what extent you would prefer to use this manually, I have never had one so cannot really express an opinion, yet I would expect (based upon enquirers and reading on here) that there will be a degree of friction in the movement. The cost margin between goto and manual could be the difference between a nice additional eyepiece.
  8. Enjoyed the reports and yes a planisphere can be indispensable.
  9. Abell 78 (The Wedding Ring) is a PN located NE of 64 Cyg and of which belongs to a group of visually challenging Planetary's. An account for observing Abell 78 can be found here.
  10. Prompted by Nick's recent and comprehensive compilation accounting for summer constellation targets, I would like to highlight two Proto-Planetary Nebula in Cygnus. Both I believe, provide a challenge and are included in my itinerary for late summer observing. Proto-Planetary Nebula are formed by a central star that emanates material to form two lobes and which are short lived. M1-92 Minkowski's Footprint is located a little above Albireo. It will require high power, perhaps observed as a fuzzy oval which can be split as bi-polar lobes. It is fairly bright yet embedded within a dense star field. It is a viable target for small and medium size aperture, larger aperture however will reveal a little more structure within the two lobes. It is a reflection nebula and will not require a filter and it is possible to detect a short spike off the northern patch. In the locality is Sh2-91, also known as The Little Veil, which I understand can be observed as a thin thread, aperture will greatly assist with this target and an OIII filter. CRL 2688 located much higher in Cygnus, also known as The Egg Nebula, is another PPN and it to is fairy bright, though will appear Stellar like until high power is reached. Sh2-101 The Tulip Nebula, an emission nebula often seen in images I am not sure if this is a credible visual target. Dark, transparent skies are essential for each of these objects. Has anyone had experience and accounts for observing any of these. Here is a borrowed sketch of Minkowski's Footprint.
  11. Brilliant, comprehensive foretaste for late Summer observing. I am really looking forward to exploring in more depth the Cygnus Cloud region and for revisiting or seeing for the first time some of the many PN's, such as NGC 7027 is on my list. There are also features within the Great Rift which was discussed in another thread to explore.
  12. I caught the Io transit a little earlier and was able to observe the early stage until it became lost in the NEB. The seeing had been very good, a large festoon or barge in the NEB and what appeared to be a large white oval perhaps in the SEB. Lots to observe but the seeing had deteriorated, though I will take another look for the shadow transit.
  13. Interesting plan, dobs on trains sounds good.
  14. Speaking for a Flextube 12", I stored mine in an upstairs spare bedroom, which I could manage up and down the stairs and the footprint was fine, though I now use a corner in the back room of our house for my current scopes. Also just to add, a shroud is a necessity. Whether you decide on a 10 or 12", it will fit across the back seat of a car with the dob mount in the boot (if a hatch back). It would also rest upright on a passenger seat (seat belted in of course). For mainly confined to observing at home, a shroud and dew shield will help to combat stray light and there are other hints and tips in various threads on the forum. If your friend is also interested, then you could consider going along to regional star camps - check the star party section, such as the Peak star party or else go camping (basic farm campsites can often be best, no brightly lite wash room blocks, pathways or reception areas) such as in the Dales occasionally.
  15. Really nice report and great observing conditions.