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Kainushi

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  1. "With 11x70's mounted steadily on a tripod I can see M57 but hand held it becomes almost impossible to separate it from the surrounding stars I find." Steadiness is indeed a problem: I have a monopod, but its performance has underwhelmed me. Perhaps I'll buy a chair. I may as well be as comfortable as possible. Thank you for your responses.
  2. Luke, Kev, & Spike, Thank you for your responses, and please pardon my belated response. I've not given up completely on M57; I've taken to pointing my binoculars at Lyra secure in the knowledge that M57 is present, even if I can't see it.
  3. Kainushi

    November 18, 2016

    № 11 / November 18, 2016 / Home / 1955-2035 JST / Cold & clear / 15x70, 8x42 I went outside before moonrise to find The Golfputter, and I succeeded. I saw a shooting star pass from south to north just below M31. The last 10 minutes were consumed by a conversation with the next door neighbor, who'd stepped outside for a cigarette. CONSTELLATIONS: And / Ari / Aur / Cas / Cep / Per / Tri DEEP SKY OBJECTS: Kemble 1 (As/Cam) - M31 (SG/And) - M33 (SG/Tri) Same hazy patch M36 (OC/Aur) - M37 (OC/Aur) - M38 (OC/Aur) - M45 (OC/Tau) Naked-eye only. I doubt I'll ever resolve more than two points of light. Mel 20 (OC/Per) - NGC 752 (OC/And) I liked it! It appears as a widely distributed patch of stars; I pictured them as grains of sand being disturbed by the Golfputter. Golfputter (As/And) First sighting! It's distinct, but unlike Kemble's Cascade, doesn't suffer when viewed through lower magnification.
  4. Stu & Michael h.f., A fuzzy star. Based on your description, barkis is probably correct in supposing that I've already seen it without recognizing it! Thank you!
  5. Barkis, Mea culpa. m(_ _)m. 15x70. I've also tried to pick it up when looking at Lyra in 10x50, but without much hope if I can't see it in 15x70. Edit: It's unexpected to learn that lower power will improve the visibility of a target.
  6. Good evening! I've made it my assignment, weather permitting, to locate M57 in Lyra, but all of my attempts thus far have ended in failure. At my latitude, 40 degrees North, Lyra is in a position that allows me to observe for extended periods of time without damaging my neck. I know that I've been staring at the correct spot: between Gamma & Beta Lyrae, but I haven't detected any fuzziness even with averted vision. Using the information in Stellarium, I compared its magnitude, surface brightness, and size with other objects that I have located, and at 3 minutes, M57 seems rather small. Would this explain why I miss it?
  7. Kainushi

    November 7, 2016

    № 10 / November 7, 2016 / Home / 1941-2000 JST / Cold and clear / Waxing moon (46%) / 8x42 & 10x50 Another brief sojourn. I was irritated when I began because I've felt as if I've neither learned nor see anything new lately. So, I stared at Alpheratz (α And) for a while to calm myself, and discovered that it's surrounded by several stars; I counted approximately 10. Taken as a whole, it looks like a folded napkin or a newspaper folded into the shape of a boat. I practiced hopping from α to δ to β, and from there up to M31, and this is a surer way of finding the galaxy than my previous method which was little more than pointing the binoculars at Cassiopeia and sweeping to the right (South) hoping to come across it. M31 itself is to the left (North?) of the trianlge of stars: HIP 2948, 32 And, & υ And; within this triangle of bright stars, I counted six or seven dimmer ones. I enjoyed the little time I had outdoors, and with reluctance returned indoors to complete the paperwork I have to prepapre for work tomorrow. The more I use the 8x42 and 10x50, the more I appreciate them. The Moon is almost half-full, and it was having a negative effect on the visibility of the stars. The smiling face in Auriga was barely discernible, but none of the OC's were visible. CONSTELLATIONS: And / Aql / Aur / Cas / Cyg / Del / Peg / Per / Sge DEEP SKY OBJECTS: Cr 399 (As/Vul) Diminished by the moonlight Kemble 1 (As/Cam) HIP 18505 (bright star in the middle), NGC 1502 & NGC 19139 only Mel 20 (OC/Per) Looked good; it wasn't adversely affected by the moonlight M31 (SG/And) No less beautiful because of the smaller aperture NGC 869 (OC/Per) Meh NGC 884 (OC/Per) Meh NGC 1502 (OC/Cam) Visible Stock 2 (As/Cas) I couldn't make it out
  8. Kainushi

    November 4, 2016

    № 9 / Nov. 4, 2016 / Home / 1928-1946 JST / Cold breeze; canceled because of clouds / 15x70 A brief session, cut short because of the clouds that came in from the west, and covered everything. I had hoped to locate M56 and M57. I stared at Lyra for 5 minutes, but could not detect anything. Deneb's disappearing behind the clouds was the last thing I saw. CONSTELLATIONS: Cas / Lyr / Sge DEEP SKY OBJECTS: Cr399 (AS/Vul) Nice, until the clouds came Kemble 1 (AS/Cam) Good until the clouds came M2 (GC/Aqr) Seen before the clouds arrived; it looked good; the shopping cart was distinct M11 (OC/Scu) Low in the west, and negatively affected by clouds and horizon scum M13 (GC/Her) Mostly obscured by clouds M31 (SG/And) Greatly diminished Mel-20 (OC/Per) Okay until the clouds arrived NGC 663 (OC/Cas) It was conspicuous, and pleasant to look at until the clouds came NGC 869 (OC/Per) Good until the clouds came NGC 884 (OC/Per) Good until the clouds came NGC 1502 (OC/Cam) Good until the clouds came Stock-2 (OC/Cas) Good until the clouds came
  9. Kainushi

    November 3, 2016

    No 8 / Nov. 3, 2016 / Home / 1830-1940 / Clouds in the North & East, winds calm / 8x42 & 10x50 A cold night, but there are clouds in the East and North. Seen through the 10x, the stars that surround Deneb (α Cyg) appear to form the shape of a heart. With the naked eye, I was able to at last make out Cepheus and portions of Aquarius. Cr399 (As/Sge) - IC 4665 (OC/Oph) Summer Beehive Cluster (in 10x only) IC 4756 (OC/Oph) Graff's ClusterI saw it this time in the 10x; it has a low surface brightness (12.6), but in the area bounded by HIPs 91499, 91418A, and 91220, I could see a misty patch. Using averted vision helped. Kemble-1 (As/Cam) It's getting easier to find this. It does deserve the 15x Mel-20 (OC/Per) - M2 (GC/Aqr) Discernible in the 10x; the shopping cart was not easily seen M11 (OC/Scu) The Wild Duck Cluster M13 (GC/Her) Quite dim M34 (OC/Per) - M36 (OC/Aur) Barely visible M38 (OC/Aur) Invisible, but I've decided that I prefer to look at the neighboring stars that form the smiling face M45 (OC/Tau) - NGC 1502 (OC/Cam) - NGC 6633 (OC/Oph) Loud and clear! Stock-2 (OC/Cas) - CONSTELLATIONS: And / Aql / Aqr Some stars) / Ari / Aur / Cas / Cep / Cyg / Del / Oph / Peg / Per / Sge / Tri PLANETS: Mars
  10. Kainushi

    November 2, 2016

    № 7 / Nov. 2, 2016 / Home / 2030-2120 / Clear skies and winds calm / 15x70, 8x42 I spent more time using the 8x binoculars, and I was pleased. I heard the whistling sound of two ducks flying overhead. Cr399 (As/Sge) - Attractive in both 8x and 15x Kemble-1 (As/Cam)- The 8x can't do it justice. Mel-20 (OC/Per) - M2 (GC/Aqr) - Detectable in the 8x M13 (GC/Her) - Seen as it was about to drop behind the hills to the north; dim M31 (SG/And) - M33 (SG/Tri) - I was surprised that I could make it out in the smaller binoculars! M36 (OC/Aur) - I think this is the best of the Messier objects in Auriga M37 (OC/Aur) - M38 (OC/Aur) - M42 (DN/Ori) - Nebulosity visible (8x only) M45 (OC/Tau) - M92 (GC/Her) - NGC 663 (OC/Per) - NGC 869 (OC/Per) - NGC 884 (OC/Per) - NGC 1502 (OC/Cam) - NGC 1528 (OC/Per) - Stock-2 (OC/Cas) - CONSTELLATIONS: And / Aql / Ari / Aur / Cas / Cyg / Del / Gem (Castor & Pollux) / Ori / Peg / Per / Sge / Tau / Tri
  11. Kainushi

    October 27, 2016

    № 6 / Oct. 27, 2016 / Home / 1945 – 2150 JST / Clear skies / 15x70, 10x50 This night was an improvement over that of October 26th: the skies were clear and the winder were calm. The ghost of the Milky Way was visible, and I could make out the fuzziness surrounding the Double Cluster in my peripheral vision. An initial impression was that M35, 36, 37, and 38 offer better views through the 10x than the 15x. I saw three shooting stars: from North to South in front of M2, from South to North in front of M33, and from South to North in front of NGC 1528. Kemble1 1 (AS/Cam) - Mel 20 (OC/Per) - M2 (GC/Aqr) First sighting. A compact gray sphere, similar to M13. Seen through the the narrower FOV of the 15x binoculars, M2 occupies a relatively empty patch in the sky, floating in splendid isolation. It's above a collection of five stars that reminded me of a shopping cart: HIP 106375 (handle), HIPs: 106325 (upper inboard edge of cart), 106236 (rear-wheel), and 106161 (front wheel). Seen through the 10x, M2 made me think that the binoculars had gone out of focus. It is definitely better in the 15x M11 (GC/Scu) - M13 (GC/Her) Better in the 15x. M31 (SG/And) Bright and elongated. Better in the 15x. M33 (SG/Tri) A light gray area, bounded by stars HIP 7123, 7269A, and 7403. I didn't see a core such as M31 has, but I have no more doubts about its presence. M34 (OC/Per) Very nice M35 (OC/Gem) First sighting, and pleasant to behold. It appeared to be about the same size as M38, and one can resolve 5-6 stars with averted vision. Located in a line with 5 Gem (to the left) and HIP 28969 and 1 Gem to the right. It looked like mist to me, and I thought the view through the 10x was better than the 15x. M36 (OC/Aur) Using averted vision, I could resolve three or four stars. M37 (OC/Aur) I couldn't detect any light; to me it was a misty gray patch on the sky. It's not unattractive, but nor is it anything to write home about. M38 (OC/Aur) Appears to be the largest of the Messiers in Auriga; I saw neither points of light, nor a bright spot, but in clear, dark skies such as I had last night, the cluster is an obvious patch of mist to the left of the face. M71 (GC/Sge) This was the clearest view I've had thus far. Sagitta was lower, allowing a longer and more comfortable look. To me, M71 is a smudge, or gray patch just above and to the left of 9 Sge, HIPs 97818 & 97840; it didn't appear globular, but contrasted sufficiently to be noticeable. M42 (DN/Ori) Seen before calling it a night. It was still low in the East, but the nebulosity was plainly visible; in the 15x70, I saw 3 points of light, but in the 10x only 2. M45 (OC/Tau) Without binoculars and using AV, I can only resolve 2 stars. M92 (GC/Her) Better in the 15x. NGC 1502 A bright patch was visible in the haze. NGC 1528 A hazy patch with a light at the center NGC 663 (OC/Cas) - NGC 869 (OC/Per) - NGC 884 (OC/Per) - Stock 2 (AS/Per) - CONSTELLATIONS: And / Aql / Ari / Aur / Cas / Cep / Cyg / Del / Gem (Castor & Pollux) / Ori / Peg / Per / Sge / Tau / Tri PLANETS: Mars
  12. Kainushi

    October 26, 2016

    № 5 / Oct. 26, 2016 / Home / 1830-1900 JST / Cloudy skies / 15x70, 10x50 A disappointing outing. The end of a warm and sunny day coincided with the arrival of the next front; the sky was mostly overcast, but there were plenty of cumulous clouds on hand to fill any gaps in the coverage. An additional downer was that I saw nothing new. DEEP SKY OBJECTS: M22 (GC/Sgr) I'd have passed by it had I not recognized the surrounding stars: there is a trapezoid above and a triangle below. It was much dimmer. M8 (EN/Sgr) M8 was kind enough to briefly appear out of the haze, and I gave my longest look to it. Left to right: a star, a hazy patch, a nebulous bright spot, and two more stars. I'm aware there are several NGC objects within the Nebula. M20 (DN/Sgr) The trapezoidal points of light were just visible in the 15x. There was no contrast between the nebulosity and the surrounding clouds/scum in the sky. M11 (GC/Scu) The best sight of the session. M92 (GC/Her) Dim M13 (GC/Her) 2nd best sight of the night. Mel 20 (OC/Per) Disappointing. Stock 2 (AS/Cas) Disappointing. NGC 869 (OC/Per) Disappointing. NGC 884 (OC/Per) Disappointing. CONSTELLATIONS: Aql / Cyg / Lyr PLANETS: Mars was very orange.
  13. № 4b / OCT. 23, 2016 / HOME / 2100-2145 JST / CLEAR SKIES / SEEING & TRANSPARENCY GOOD / 15X70 & 10X50 K1 / AS / CAM / KEMBLE'S CASCADE. STILL THERE, AND STILL BETTER IN 15X. THE BRIGHT STAR ABOUT THE MIDWAY POINT IS HIP 18505 (B9IV). N1502 / OC / CAM / THE POINT OF LIGHT WITH THE SURROUNDING FUZZ THAT IS AT THE BASE OF K1 M36 / OC / AUR / NO CENTRAL BRIGHTNESS; THE VIEW IN 15X WASN'T NOTICABLY BETTER THAN 10X M37 / OC / AUR / NO CENTRAL BRIGHTNESS; THE VIEW IN 15X WASN'T NOTICABLY BETTER THAN 10X M38 / OC / AUR / NO CENTRAL BRIGHTNESS; THE VIEW IN 15X WASN'T NOTICABLY BETTER THAN 10X; THE STARS TO THE RIGHT RESEMBLE A SMILING FACE; THEY'RE MORE APPEALING. N1528 / OC / PER / - MEL20 / OC / PER / - N869 / OC / PER / - N884 / OC / PER / - ST-2 / AS / PER / - N663 / OC / CAS / - M33 / SG / TRI / ACCORDING TO STELLARIUM, ITS SURFACE BRIGHTNESS IS 14. AS I SAID BEFORE, IF I HAVE SEEN IT, IT'S INDISTINCT, AND OFFERS LITTLE CONTRAST WITH THE SURROUNDING SKY. I SAW THAT SAME DIM GRAY PATCH TONIGHT IN THE 15X; IT CAN JUST FIT INTO THE SAME FOV WITH α TRI AND HIP 7906. NOT VISIBLE IN 10X M71 / GC / SGE / AS WAS THE CASE WITH MY PUTATIVE M33, I HAD TO KNOW WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR TO FIND THIS OBJECT: A DIM, GRAY PATCH THAT BARELY STANDS OUT FROM THE BACKGROUND, JUST ABOVE AND TO THE LEFT OF HIP 97818 AND 9 SGE. M42 / DN / ORI / LOW IN THE EAST AND WELL INSIDE THE LP; I COULD DETECT SOME NEBULOSITY M45 / OC / TAU / - CONSTELLATIONS: AND / AQL / AUR / CYG / DEL / LYR / ORI / PEG / PER ORION WAS RISING IN THE EAST AS I HEADED BACK INSIDE; BETELGEUSE AND RIGEL WERE TWKINKLING NOTICEABLY.
  14. № 4a / OCT. 23, 2016 / HOME / 1740-1829 JST / CLEAR SKIES / SEEING & TRANSPARENCY GOOD / 15X70 & 10X50 M13 / GC / HER / DISTINCT. IT'S FLANKED BY TWO STAIRS HIP 81848 ABOVE LEFT AND HIP 81673 BELOW LEFT; COMBINED, THE THREE FORM A TRIANGLE THE APEX OF WHICH IS M13 M92 / GC / HER / SEEMED DIM M31 / SG / AND / LOW IN THE SKY; DIDN'T APPEAR AS LARGE MEL20 / OC / PER / PRETTY – I ENJOY IT MORE THAN THE HYADES N869 / OC / PER / LOW IN THE SKY; NOT MUCH NEBULOSITY VISIBLE, BUT ATTRACTIVE NONETHELESS N884 / OC / PER / SEE ABOVE ST-2 / AS / PER / LOW IN THE SKY; NOT AS IMPRESSIVE AS IT CAN BE HEREAFTER, I DECIDED TO LOOK AT MARS, AND SINCE THE TRANSPARENCY WASN'T BAD, I STUCK AROUND THE AREA OF SAGITTARIUS. HERE, I STRUCK GOLD. M22 / GC / SGR / FIRST SIGHTING! A GRAYISH, CIRCULAR SPOT, MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS THAT THIS IS A GLOBULAR CLUSTER; IT'S LOCATED ABOVE AND TO THE LEFT OF A TRIANGLE OF STARS WITH 24 SGR AND BELOW AND TO THE RIGHT OF A RECTANGLE OF STARS WITH HIP 91446; ALL SITUATED ABOVE KAUS BOREALIS. VISIBLE IN THE 10X M28 / GC / SGR / FIRST SIGHTING! A DIM SMUDGE TO THE RIGHT OF KAUS BOREALIS AND THE LEFT OF HIP 89980, I COULDN'T DETECT IT IN THE 10X M8 / EN / SGR / LAGOON NEBULA. FIRST SIGHTING! MOVING ON TOWARD THE RIGHT (NORTH) AND SLIGHTLY BELOW THE POSITION OF OF KAUS BOREALIS, I SAW FOUR BRIGHT (IN THE 15X, EVERYTHING LOOKS BRIGHT) STARS IN A WHITE HAZE. VISIBLE IN THE 10X M20 / DN / SGR / TRIFID NEBULA. FIRST SIGHTING! THIS WAS IN THE SAME FIELD OF VIEW AS THE LAGOON NEBULA, BUT ABOVE AND SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT. I DETECTED 4-5 STARS IN THE SHAPE OF A TRAPEZOID ON ITS SIDE, NESTLED WITHIN A PATCH OF NEBULOSITY, HAZINESS SIMILAR TO THE LAGOON NEBULA. HOW NEAT! ABLE TO DETECT IT IN THE 10X. M21 / OC / SGR / FIRST SIGHTING! M21 SITS DIRECTLY ABOVE M20, AND LOOKING AT THEM, I THOUGHT I WAS VIEWING A SINGLE OBJECT. I PICTURED THE TWO AS A HUMAN-LIKE FIGURE: THE 4-5 STARS OF M20 CONSTITUTING THE TORSO, AND M21 AS THE HEAD. IT LOOKED LIKE A BRIGHT SPOT (STAR?), SURROUNDED BY A LIGHTER HALO OF NEBULOSITY. IT WAS VISIBLE IN THE 10X. AFTER THIS, I POINTED THE BINOCULARS TOWARD THE ZENITH, LOOKING INTO THE MILKY WAY. I PASSED SEVERAL POINTS OF INTEREST; THERE'S MUCH TOO SEE. M11 / OC / SCU / I WAS HAPPY TO IMMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE IT, SITTING ATOP THE CHAIN OF STARS CONSTELLATIONS: AND / CAS / PER / SGR (HANDLE OF THE TEAPOT) / UMA (BIG DIPPER) PLANETS: VENUS / SATURN / MARS
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    October 21, 2016

    № 3 / OCT. 21, 2016 / HOME / 2001-2133 JST / CLEAR SKIES / 8X42, 10X50, 15X70 N1528 / OC / PER / FIRST SIGHTING. QUITE INDISTINCT. DISCOVERED BY CHANCE ALONG THE LINE δ PER → 48 PER → μ PER → HIP 20156 → HIP 20070 → HIP 19986; ABLE TO ID IN 10X, BUT IT WAS THE MEREST HINT OF A SMUDGE K1 / AS / CAM / KEMBLE'S CASCADE. STUMBLED ON IT BY CHANCE! DOWN & LEFT FROM THE ALPHA PERSEI CLUSTER, I BUT COULDN'T SEE THE CLUSTER AT THE TERMINUS. I COUNTED 18 STARS, AND FOUND IT AGAIN IN THE 8X AND 10X. IT'S A NICE TARGET IN THE 10X TOO. M13 / GC / HER / QUITE DIM (10X50) M31 / SG / AND / HIGH UP AND WITHOUT MOONLIGHT. WOW! BRIGHT AND SPREAD OUT; IT'S EASY TO IMAGINE SEEING THE ARMS. MIRACH (β AND) APPEARS GOLD IN COLOR TO ME. M33 / SG / TRI / VERY INDISTINCT IF I INDEED SAW IT. TRAVELED FROM MOTHALLA (α TRI) UP TO HIP 7906; THERE WAS A SMUDGE IN THE SKY BEYOND THE LATTER THAT WAS VISIBLE ONLY THROUGH THE 15X; I COULDN'T DETECT IT WITH THE 10X. M34 / OS / PER / IT SEEMS ALMOST SQUARE IN SHAPE TO ME M45 / OS / TAU / I COUNTED ~40 STARS N663 / OS / CAS / CALDWELL 10. CLOSEST TO HIP 8020; I COULD MAKE OUT 2-3 POINTS OF LIGHT WITH AVERTED VISION. N869 / OS / PER / UP HIGH WITHOUT THE MOONLIGHT, THEY WERE SPECTACULAR N884 / OS / PER / SEE ABOVE ST-2 / AS / PER / SEEN NEAR ZENITH WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM EITHER THE MOON OR LP, I LOST SIGHT OF THE STICK FIGURE MORE THAN ONCE BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY STARS CONSTELLATIONS: AUR / ARI / CYG / CAS / HER / ORI (STARS OF THE LEFT ARM) / PEG (SQUARE) / PER / TAU / TRI IT WAS A CLEAR NIGHT; THE MILKY WAY WAS BECOMING VISIBLE AS I WRAPPED UP. I STEPPED OUT FOR ANOTHER PEEK AT 2230. THE MOON HAD RISEN, AND WASHED OUT AURIGA; I HAD HOPED TO SEE M36, M37, AND M38 AGAIN. I HEARD SWANS.
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