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  1. I have the same case. An excellent choice for protecting eyepieces. Highly recommended.
  2. Maybe, but you never know unless you give it a go.
  3. I would recommend, a pencil and piece of paper. ... and a blending stump. I am as far away from an artist as you could probably get, and epic sketches of the orion nebula are beyond my abilities. However, I can rustle up an image of a galaxy. As for a guide there are many available on the net. A quick search produced this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDC3R39AcSA. Good luck and don't forget to post your attempts.
  4. Although I don't have the same 130P I have a similar scope the SW 130M. As you can see by my signature, I have already located many DSOs. It just takes practice and patience. As for the original question, DSOs as through a scope (with your eyes) do not look like this: They look more like this: The above is what you should look out for, faint smudges that can very easily be missed completely. I recommend getting into sketching, undoubtably cheaper than AP and I think just as rewarding. This allows you to record your observations and learn what to look for during future sessions.
  5. Hello. As you can see already, the people on here are very helpful and eager to share their experience. Any questions have a goosey gander on the forums first as you may find something relevent or irrelevent yet still interesting, but if you can't find it start a new thread and watch the replies flood in. Welcome.
  6. Sorry about the mass of quotes but I couldn't be bothered to write it myself
  7. I found M65 and M66 difficult to see two nights, transparency was quite poor around me. M95 and M96 were also difficult to locate and I couldn't find M105.
  8. I too had a gander at the Leo Gals last night, unfortunatly I found it really quite hard to observe them in my 5". I was able to sketch M65 and M66, just, and I wasn't convinced I saw them till I cross referenced the stars. M95 and M96 were even harder seen as two faint circular fuzzy patches and I wasn't confident it was them at the time, after some careful checking I believe it was them. Will attempt a sketch tonight, touch wood. I need ... ... ... a bigger scope!
  9. M65, M66, M95, M96. Found.

    1. crashtestdummy


      good haul,you should have managed m105 with 95 and 96.

    2. RMcCallum


      I found M95 and M96 quite difficult and wasn't really sure it was them, and to be honest I didn't really look around them for M105. With a bit of luck I'll find them all tonight.

  10. Took me 9 months of intermittent hunting to find this one. I have a 5" scope and managed to get a sketch of it so with dark skies it sould be visable with your mak. My sketch below:
  11. Clear skies forcast. Things to do: Go to work. Get back. Set up scope. Have tea. Go Messier hunting.

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