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  1. Went out last night with the intention of finding some DSO's in Pegasus, but gave up after 10 minutes(some hard-core dedication, I know). 

    The southern sky from my viewing location is the darkest, I can see the Lagoon Nebula with the naked eye, so I went for some Herschel objects in Sagittarius. 

    NGC's:

    6520

    6522

    6528

    6544

    6553

    6568

    6569

    6624

    6642

    6645

    Messier:

    M75

    It was a lot of fun just sitting there for an hour and focusing on finding these open/globular clusters. I think I got better at star hopping, as some of these objects were quite faint. I had to use averted vision for most of them, looking straight at them made them disappear...

    After that I took a gaze at M31 for a couple minutes. Next was Cassiopeia.

    NGC's

    225

    637

    659

    I actually was going for about ten more objects in Cassiopeia, but light pollution is bad towards the north and west at my location, so I take what I can get.

    I headed to Hercules to find the two Herschel objects(from the Herschel 400 list anyways) that are present there.

    NGC's

    6207

    6229

    I'm actually surprised I found 6207, as I figured the Hercules cluster would completely wash it out, but I was in luck! Nice and visible in my 6 inch dobsonian.

    It will be a while till I make it out again, so I'm glad I managed to find all these while I got the chance.

  2. I've been busy trying to get some of my co-workers and friends to come join me at my telescope, and finally succeeded last night!

    I brought along one of my co-workers out to use my Orion XT6. He had always been interested in astronomy, and had a small Wal-Mart refractors growing up. I showed him some of the brighter Messier objects that are visible, but he also got a treat out of seeing some of the double stars. (I inadvertently found my new favorite, Piazzi's flying star) He has already started talking about buying a telescope himself, but he said going out and looking through mine will have to tide him over until he can dish out the money on one.

    Not only was it nice to show him some of the stuff that is out there, but it was cool telling him about them too. He didn't know much about nebula and galaxies, so it was a perfect opportunity to tell him all about them.

    Maybe I can get more people to come out and see how awesome this hobby is!

    On a side note: I will be taking advantage of the clear nights that we are having lately and venture out tonight. Target: as many DSO's in Pegasus as I can find.

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  3. Welcome to SGL! Sounds like you have quite the collection there.

    There are plenty of people on here that will answer any and all of your questions. I suggest going through as many of the topics on here as you can, it's truly amazing how much some of the people here know about this hobby!

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  4. Hi, was wondering if anyone could help me deciding on which Tele Vue I should buy. 

    I already have an Orion Sirius 25MM plossl, but the Tele Vue 25MM has been calling me. Would it be worth the $100? The 25MM provides the perfect light transmission, magnification and eye relief in my Orion XT6 dob. I would really like to have the best eyepiece that I can, and the Tele Vue is within my price range. 

    The field of view would be narrower with the Tele Vue (over the Orion) but I think the improvement in other areas would be worth it.

    So my question is this, should I buy the 25MM, or buy the 32MM or 20MM? I mainly look at nebulas and clusters, so the 32MM would provide a wider view of the open clusters, but would probably be too low in magnification for nebula. 

    Any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Hated not having a place to put my star maps and eyepieces when using my XT6, so I went on down to Home depot and remedied the situation! Made using an 8" by 11" inch oak board and two right angle joints. Sanded off the edges a bit so I don't stab myself in the leg. It's not the prettiest, but it gets the job done! Now to see how it does in action.

    I'd like to drill 1.25" holes to hold my eyepieces, but that'll be a later addition.

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