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  1. Actually, I made it out last night. Just a little session but found 3 new doubles. It was thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding. Keep writing the reports. It's the best part of the forum for me and it often gives me the little push that I need.
  2. A very good read. Bode's and the Cigar often seem about to give up detail and I love looking at them. There's a third, dimmer galaxy right near them too, which I only saw for the first time in May. I'm always put off by the late nights and lack of darkness at this time of year, but your report has given me a bit of a push to get out again. Thanks.
  3. A great report. I really enjoyed it. I haven't read one of yours for a while. Getting out has been difficult this spring. I must try one more time before astro darkness leaves here too.
  4. A great report. These are my favourite things in the sky. I especially have a fondness for M49 and the couple of galaxies in the field. I'm always proud of myself for catching a non-Messier galaxy and finding a so-called 'lost' one is very satisfying indeed. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm just of outside now.
  5. Great report. The Virgo galaxies are my favourite things in the sky. I always start at the same place as you. I call it 'the Startrek badge'. I was helped by another member who seems to have coined the phrase 'galaxy hopping'- and that is what I do- just hop from galaxy to galaxy. The stars are too few and unmemorable for me. Anyway, glad someone else is getting as much pleasure as me. I haven't seen many galaxies this year but I hope to rectify this very soon.
  6. What a great read. I'm always interested to hear about what can be done with a 4-inch. I spent many hours last Autumn trying for a glimpse of Stephan's Quintet. Your report has encouraged me and made me question my own observations.
  7. Great. That's so helpful. I've been trying to see as many doubles as I can from the Cambridge Double Star Atlas. I find it really hard to find the ones in the clusters. The map isn't big enough for me to see which ones I should be looking at. Thanks very much.
  8. @Nik271 Great. It's nice to have it confirmed and reading about others trying the same targets always keeps me enthused. I'm glad I didn't give up on it even though I failed a lot. Alas my skills at focusing and tracking are not up to magnifications over about 150x.
  9. @Nik271 Yes, it says 3 arc-seconds but I find it more difficult than I expected. Maybe it's just focusing issues, as there isn't a nice bright star to focus on at 150x that is near enough that I wouldn't get lost on the way back. Anyway, the whole cluster is great with a lovely double just down from it and Hubble's Variable Nebula close by. I read that the Christmas Tree Cluster was the first cluster to be aged by looking at the brightness of the stars and whether they had left the main sequence or not (but I can't find any references to that at the moment so I hope I've remembered correctly)
  10. @Jiggy 67 Excellent work. S Mon is a real toughie for me. I've only managed it once out of about 5 attempts- not sure why. Yes, I've been working my way through CDSA too. It's really reinvigorated my observing. We have been lucky enough to have a long clear period lately and I've been observing every night from the balcony. Without CDSA I would've looked at open clusters for a couple of nights and wondered what to do next. With a fat catalogue of double stars, there's always a new challenge and so many different types.
  11. @Jiggy 67 Yes, indeed. That with the Crab together is one of my most satisfying views of the last few sessions. I'm very pleased to have split S Mon in the Christmas tree cluster. A lovely sight with three tiny doubles around it. I've done a lot of double stars recently but I'm looking forward to some galaxies soon.
  12. Great report and some great targets on your list. There's a nice double right near the Crab Nebula. I can get them both in the field at 45x. The Hamburger galaxy gave me no end of problems. Hope you get it this season.
  13. Hi, I'm guessing that the Jellyfish Nebula is incredibly faint and more of a target for photographers- I couldn't find a magnitude for it. In the same area is M35, which should be easy to see. I recommend starting on open clusters like that one and M37 in Auriga. If you want a supernova remnant, then M1 in Taurus is near a naked eye star and should be bright enough to see (I can with a 4 inch in Bortle 4). If you want to try galaxies, the Leo Triplet are fairly easy to find. It might take you a while to get your eye in. The faint stuff like galaxies are pretty faint. It still takes me a while
  14. @NGC 1502 Thanks- it's the 100ED with a Lunt Herschel wedge. Yes avoiding it is the best thing although strange bright lights intruding when solar observing was concerning for me.
  15. Hi, I tried some white light solar for the first time this year. I brought the sun to focus and if I angle my eye incorrectly to the eyepiece, I can see a small bright dot shining- a bit like a bright Venus with CA. It's never happened before and is concerning, of course. It's the same if I change eyepieces. Does anyone know what might be causing this? and what to do about it? Thanks Dominic
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