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  1. I'll let my wife know the internet has told me to buy another one! Admitedly there aren't too many objects that the big scope looks through, but I've felt the nebula around the Pleiades has proved easier in the smaller scope (which cost less than my lowest power EP ), and also in slightly light polluted conditions it has been easier to latch onto the North America Nebula and M33 in the smaller scope for example. To the OP, sorry to take it off topic. The 10" dob is brilliant and if I could one, it'd be the 10" without hesitation.
  2. Nice one. I started with a 10" but my second scope was a 4" frac - shows me some great stuff that the 10" dob just looks straight through (i.e. big objects) and it's a better option for solar. It's arguably a downgrade (taking only the size into account) but complements the abilities of the 10" pretty well. I've previously compared my 10x50mm binos against the naked eye (with the binos collecting 100 times more light than the naked eye assuming a 5mm pupil) and then binos vs. 250mm dob (dob "only" collecting 25 times more light than the binos). To keep getting comparably big gains, I guess my next scope would need to utterly enormous!
  3. Nice one! There's much to be said for kit that's easy to use and easy to transport to darker skies! Hope you continue to get many good views from it. The Astro League have a few good observing programs on their website for binocular users - bino Messier, bino DSOs and bino double stars. These make for great inspiration when the skies are dark but aperture is limited!
  4. Nice one. That's a very elegant looking galaxy in fact. Good sketch too!
  5. I'll take a punt on NGC 3945 which looks about right in Sky Safari? Funnily enough, the comet would have passed through your view around lunch time on Sunday!
  6. A rookie mistake! I'll know for next time!
  7. Nice one Shane. I've just dashed out following your post. Great view that I would have otherwise missed, so thanks for posting. Great sketch too - looks spot on compared to what I saw in the moments of good seeing.
  8. Go for it - it'll knock your socks off! I can see stars to about mag 5.5 at home, but only a few miles away I can see maybe mag 6.3. It makes such a difference, particulately for galaxies and nebulae.
  9. Funnily enough, I warmed up with M42 on Saturday and wondered at the time if it was a final farewell for the year. Still spectacular even when it's low in the sky. Great advice above. I left my big fat low power eyepiece at home thinking it was all about mid/high power galaxies at this time of year! I agree about the concentration and research. Getting a few clues from the DSS images has been crucial to me seeing something on many occasions. The forum is a gold mine too. I enjoy sharing the view with my family, but it's definitely not conducive to seeing those elusive targets and details!
  10. The sky on Saturday afternoon was a deep and rich blue. So much more promising than the pale haze of Friday. Time for a dark site trip with the 10". It's hard to know what to observe at this time of year - or rather what to leave for next time. The concentration of galaxies in the spring sky is astonishing. Spoiled for choice! Looking back at the log, 35 objects were observed. These were mostly faint Herschel 2500 galaxies observed briefly without any fixed plan other than to explore what was out there. A few of the brighter ones were targeted in advance and studied quite carefully. Selected highlights below. Ursa Major With effort, M81 showed a dark band S to SE of the core which provides the separation to the spiral arm. In a sense, the spiral arm was therefore visible, and yet I can't call it "seen" with there being no sense of any distinct or curved structure beyond the dark band - just a very faint glow which faded away into the sky. Very excited to see this band for the first time though, as detecting a similar dark band in M31 was the key to unlocking a lot of detail soon after. Interested in how other folks see this one. The M101 Pinwheel appeared to *maybe* show some structure on the edge of perception but not enough to call it. Very hard to pin down - just a lumpy black background perhaps. But... I nearly fell of my chair when the three outer star forming regions NGC 5450, 5461 and 5452 popped into view! To my eye these were easier than the main spiral - well worth a look. This is an enticing target! The M51 Whirlpool was just beautiful with swirling arms and companion, but the bridge (which I saw last year) was borderline (if at all), making me wonder that the sky transparency was good rather than exceptional. Virgo M104 Sombrero. Another beauty with central bulge, extended disk and a long but subtle dust lane. So happy to finally see this enigmatic galaxy in the 10", with the tick last year being made in the 4". Canes Venatici NGC 4618 showed possibly the most prominent spiral arm I've ever seen! Completely unexpected. Coma Berenices NGC 4565, Needle Galaxy. Another stonker, with a slightly off centre dust lane. Hercules NGC 6195. Just one of many very faint galaxies seen on the night, but it's the one that sticks in my mind. 410 or 470 mly distant according to my two references. Wow! M13. It's very impressive from home, but why have I never observed this under rural skies before? Absolutely jaw dropping! The propeller, plus many other streamers and dark lanes. Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) picked up. Nice and bright. Second comet this week! As I packed in, winter had largely disappeared in the west, while the Summer Triangle had begun to rise in the east. The sky was just sensational. Thanks for reading if you made this far. Hope others got some good observing in too.
  11. Impressive stuff. How does the IFN around Bodes compare in appearance/difficulty with other faint targets you've observed?
  12. That's a tremendous haul! Some really nice seasonal objects there. Glad the new kit is working so well.
  13. Nice one Michael. Sounds a great session! Appreciate you mentioning C/2015 V2 Johnson, as I wasn't aware of this one - looks like it'll be worth a go! I was in Hercules last night for the first time this year - a very welcome return for M13.
  14. Nice sketch! If you can catch it from a dark site and when the moon is out of the way, it'll really knock your socks off!
  15. Nice one. Mine takes solar duties too. With a Lunt wedge and again an Oiii, it's pretty tidy.