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  1. A DSO image in planetary settings. This is the Eskimo planetary nebula. Small as they are, this one has less than 1arcmin. The image was taken with a C11 f10 and ASi224. No cut-off filter was used. The capture was made with Firecapture and 2s exposures. The final processing was in PI.
  2. The sky had been clear over Reading as far as I could tell all day yesterday, so I was looking forward to an evening with the telescope, all be it cut a little shorter by the onset of BST and the need to get up at what seemed like an hour early for work today. I had been out twice over the easter weekend so far but not for more than half an hour before the clouds rolled in and blocked whatever I was looking at. I sat down with a copy the brilliant Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders (IGAW for short), by Thompson and Thompson (Orielly) to decide what to try and observe. Then I wrapped up warm and setup the 150p in the back garden. Planned was a session of globulars and brighter galaxies in Coma Berenices, however when I got outside again to realise I was a couple of hours (or a month early) and the constellation was possitioned directly over my nearest street lamp . This was probably due to having been out later before the clocks changed. I had a quick look at Jupiter and M45 in Taurus while I thought about what to do and adapted to the dark. Then I looked at what constellations were well positioned and decided on Cancer and Gemini. I started with the well known (to me) M44 BeeHive and M67 open clusters in Cancer, M44 is always a favourite as it's the first DSO I found on my own after getting a copy of TLAO and borrowing some Bins. The seeing conditions seemed fairly good in terms of transparancy for Reading with the main stars in Cancer just visible with the naked eye, however there was a bit of a breeze. I looked again at the IGAW and proceeded to observer Iota Cancri, which appeared as a stunning blue yellow double and was easy to find as it was just visible with the naked eye and easilty split even at low power. Onto Zeta Cancri since I was in the area which appeared a yellow yellow double with some nice colour. After that I moved on to Gemini and deiced to stick with the double star theme and try and split Castor (alpha Geminorium) which I'd done many before, much brighter than the previous two and appearing tighter. Then I thought I would take what seemed like a long shot and try and find a magnitude 9.9 object that has eluded me several times in the past the Eskimo Nebula (NCG 2392), having only ever managed to find the Ring planetary (M57) in Lyra I really wanted to track down another. I carefully star hopped from Wasat (delta Geminorium) to the triangle of stars formed by 56,61 and 63 Geminorium, noting the little trail of 4 stars ending in 63 Geminorium. I centered my 25mm EP over the nearest of a line of 3 stars to the 63 -> 61 Geminorium side of the triangle I'd visualised and looked carefully sure I was in the right place. Nothing. ok I thought so I upped the magnification a bit knowing Planetary nebulas are small object and still nothing, then I moved the scope a little and suddenly it was there popping into the field of view exactly where I had expected but vanishing when I looked directly at it. There was no sense of colour as I was using averted vision but a clear and fuzzy ball hanging below the target star every time I looked around it that disapeared when I looked at it. I spent the next 10 minutes observing it with averted vision before deciding it was time I went inside.Where I proceeded to excitedly make some notes in my log book and to point and wave at star charts to the bemusement of my girlfriend. Hopefully I'll get another chance at this tonight or soon. All observations made using either a 15mm or 25mm EP and a Skywatcher 150p mounted on an Alt AZ mount. Tyr ps Yellow for observed before, green for new to me.
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