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  1. The temp tonight is a brisk -30c, no wind and the sky offered below avg transparency- it was still good enough to get M33 in averted vision however. And now the little newt... I was stunned by its first view which was the Pleiades. I have observed the nebula in this object many times with various telescopes but the view through the little dob surpassed any previous views. With all the little reflection nebula shining away in their stars the Merope stood out as a huge fan of nebulosity. I also observed a strange thing, the Pleiades looked as if it was sitting in a blotchy dark hole with an outer edge of nebulosity that extended into the rest of the sky and the large Merope fan seem to connect with it on its outer edge. M42 showed pink in it tonight with the 30 ES 82 which is another shock, previously my 15" only showed it to me and not as extensive. The lower loop was easily visible as was M43 and a lane through the Running Man. Not much time was spent on the Running Man tonight because.... I had to see M31 through this scope. Who would think that a telescope like this would show very mottled structure in the galaxy and with 2 dust lanes carved out of the object and its 2 satellite galaxies were highly contrasted as well. I will be visiting here often with this scope. M33 showed its spirals VG with the wide TFOV of this scope offering great edge contrast to this large ( in the EP) object. I can't wait for the sky to get to its crystal clear winter transparency.
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