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  1. I’ll have to give that one a try. I’ll probably need a darker site. If I’m able to see that, I may be able to see Pluto in Sagittarius. That is about mag 14.3 but it’s low on the horizon. Not too far from Barnards galaxy Phil
  2. I saw on March 16. My log entry - In Bootes fairly close to Arcturus. Easy to see. Bright (mag 7.15) between 2 sets of double stars. Here is my chart. Pallas_3_16_2019.pdf I will re-visit this the next clear night. Phil;
  3. Here's a link to an article and a list of 12 quasars that are currently visible. I just observed 3C-273 for the first time about a week ago and was looking for others to find then this just comes out. What luck. Seven of them are mag 14.1 or under so these seem to be do-able. The furthest is HS 0624+6907 mag 14.0 in Camelopardalis 4.56 billion light years. That's probably the farthest thing I'll ever be able to see with my Z10. The light from that is from back when our solar system was forming. Pretty amazing. Anyway, here's the link https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/12-quasars-for-spring-evenings/ Enjoy Phil
  4. When the Moon is too bright for most DSO's, I like to observe asteroids. For this I need a detailed star chart print from a planetarium program such as Starry Nights. That will identify the asteroid in my EP FOV. The are always asteroids magnitudes 8 to 10 to observe. I was checking Starry Nights what is bright now and discovered that tonight (US) the Moon will pass pass 0.6 degrees south of M44. I'm sure that would be occulting stars and very cool to see. Unfortunately, it's going to be cloudy where I am. Here is StarryNight chart of that. It's near the asteroid Julia. Here is a partial list of asteroids, their magnitudes, and constellation that are viewable now. Juno - 8.16 - Taurus Hebe - 8.64 - Orion Eros - 8.61 - Orion Eleonora - 10.11 - Orion Sappho - 11.05 - Orion Themis -10.71 - Gemini Hamburga - 11.5 - Gemini - near Kappa Gem Bamberga - 10.32 - Gemini - Argentina - 12.42 - Gemini Antigone -10.66 - Leo Dembowska - 10.06 Herculina - 8.47 - Leo Isis - 11.42 - Leo Kreusa - 11.134 - Leo Julia - 10.24 - Cancer Aemilia - 11.67 - Cancer Niobe - 11.67 -Auriga Phil Moon_M44_2_17_2019.pdf
  5. I observed the comet for the first time last night. Visually it looked very much like Davey-T's photo, only fainter and no color. Theskylive.com/comets listed the observed magnitude as 6.8 but it didn't seem that bright. Part of the issue with that was it was pretty close to a field star and was affected by glare. It responded somewhat to a Lumicon comet filter, but it looked best without at higher magnifications of 150x to 200x. At those magnifications the central condensation was visible and it looked like the photo. After observing it for about 30 minutes it moved away from the field star causing the glare and became easier to see. It's moving very fast now but it should stay in a very observable position but the Moon is going to become an issue soon. Phil
  6. I saw comet Wirtanen for the first time last night. I live in a dark red zone and was expecting the comet to be very difficult to see because it's supposed to be very large and diffuse since it's passing close to earth. However, it has a very bright false nucleus which is easy to see. I was able to easily see it in my finder. I looked at it from magnifications from 60x to 189x. The higher mags didn't seem to add much. Paul's photo shows it pretty much as I saw it through the 20mm XW. I could see only a little of the coma surrounding the core. From a dark site, it would have been much bigger. However, it's pretty bright now, about mag 4 and it's easy to see even from a dark red zone. So nobody has to go to a dark just to see it.
  7. As long as it's covered, an unheated garage is a great place to store your scope. You get the added benefit that your optics will be very close to the outside temperature and you will have very little if any cool down time before observing. I have a Z10 I keep in my garage sitting on a dolly. All I have to do is open the garage door and wheel it out. I am observing in minutes. You can do the same thing and have a 12" grab and go scope. Not having to drag a big telescope out of the house and set up makes short observing sessions of an hour or less worthwhile. Which means more time out with the scope Phil
  8. You might want a sky atlas like S&T’s Pocket Sky Atlas and planesphere’s are always useful.
  9. I gave it try this morning but no luck. In addition to the Moon being 1 day from full, it was hazy and humid with passing clouds when I got out. M65 and M66 were visible but hard to see and there was no hint of NGC 3628 being visible. I didn't try to use my 102mm refractor to get a 3 or 4 in the view because conditions were bad and I'd be lucky to see the comet with the Z10. Finding the correct location for the comet was very easy. I was using a SN6 chart with a EP FOV and the comet made a equilateral triangle with other stars and other field stars made identifying the location easy. But try as I might, I just couldn't pin it down. The Moon at this time was pretty low and behind trees, I think if the transparency were better I could have seen it. It seemed just barely beyond seeing. No matter, I'll try again later.
  10. Comet 24P/Schaumasse is a morning comet that has been brightening, and for the next couple days it will be passing within a couple of degrees the Leo Trio. The comet is estimated to be about mag 10.4. The closest approaches are Nov 2 and 3 but it will still 5 degrees for a few days after that. Unfortunately the Moon will be full or close to it. This would be a pretty cool shot but I don't know how doable it is with the Moon so bright.
  11. You're right. The set set a 4:25 today. Friday it will set at 6:40. I'll give it a try anyway. It'll be behind trees and in the opposite direction where I'll be looking. Maybe that will help somewhat
  12. Comet 24P/Schaumasse is a morning comet that has been brightening, and for the next couple days it will be near the Leo Trio. The closest approaches are Nov 2 and 3. Starry Night 6 estimates it as mag 10.36 and SkyTools 3 estimates it as mag 10.1 so it should be reasonably viewable. I was playing with Starry Nights field of views and it looks like it passes within about 1.5 degrees of the Trio. If you have telescope/EP combo that gives 2 degrees it would be possible to see all 4 in the view. This would be a cool AP opportunity but I don't do AP. I'll give a head's up on that forum if nobody else has beat me too it. I'm kind of behind in these things. It's supposed to be clear where I am on friday morning and the Moon sets about 4:25am so maybe I can see this thing Phil
  13. I haven't seen this the last couple of times I've tried. I think it's fainter now than it was a month ago. Phil
  14. Also there is the cluster M35 in Gemini and the Beehive cluster M44 in Cancer. You can also scan the area of Canis Major, Monoceros, Gemini, and Puppis. The milky way is there and there are tons of open clusters there. Also good fall targets are still visible like the Double Cluster, the Perseus Moving Group near Mirfak, open cluster M34, and also the Andromeda Galaxy. Give M33 a try it's not hard if your skies are reasonably dark.
  15. I can see the Crescent from my backyard using a Z10 in a dark red zone but the conditions need to be near perfect using a Astronomik OIII on EP's ranging from 20mm to 10mm. However what I see is only the faintest hint hint of an arc coming off a star. I tried a UHC but that didn't work for me. I have the same experience with the veil, I need to have higher magnifications to see it better. The 20mm is better than the 24mm which is better than the 32mm which is usually not visible. The smaller exit pupils darkens the background just enough to make a difference. You might be able to see it in a 130P, but you will need, exceptional viewing conditions, view it near zenith, an OIII and experiment with magnifications. Give it a try, if you don't try, you don't see.
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