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Double Kick Drum posted a topic in Observing - ReportsPartied out from Saturday (my belated 40th), I decided to have a binocular tour in what were truly clear skies. Ursa Minor could be seen in its entirity, the Milky way was visible from the North of Aquila all the way to Perseus (and this is with one or two neighbour's lights still on!). It would have been nice to have a big scope session but work tomorrow and fatigue have conspired against me. Hercules: Both M13 and M92 stood out nicely. So I said goodbye to them for the year. Pegasus: Globular cluster M15 was barely inferior to M13. Aquarius: M2 was less clear but still easy enough to pick up. Vulpecula: Brocci's cluster (a.k.a. the Coathanger) lokked resplendent and M27, the Dumbbell nebula was very clear and bright. Sagitta: M71 came through nicely like a cross between a globular and an open cluster. Cygnus: M39 was lovely, M29 came through nicely, NGC 7000 (Caldwell 20) - almost certain. There seemed to be a paler patch of sky rather than any haze and I think I could detect a dark knot roughly where the gulf of Mexico should be. The sky was nowhere near good enough to see anything close to the distinctive shape but I am pretty sure I have cracked it. I also could see the Cygnus rift reasonably clearly. I can't remember noticing that from home before. Casseopeia: Fast becoming a favourite constellation. I managed to identify, M52, NGC 7789 (easiest of the new finds and quite large), NGC 129, NGC 225, NGC 457, M103 and NGC 663 (all open clusters). There were many other named parts of the constellation I absorbed but did not note. Andromeda: M31, the Andromeda galaxy was as big and bright as I have seen it. Definitely managed M32 in binoculars for the first time, possibly M110 but am far less sure: I have only managed with my scope a couple of times. Triangulum: It was not that high in the sky but M33 was no problem at all. And to think I once had problems with this one, I could look directly at it in binoculars. Perseus: NGC 869 and NGC 884, the Double cluster looked beautiful given it is nowhere its zenith yet. M34 very good too. The best bincular session for a very long time indeed. Great stuff! __________________________________________________ ______ Observing Session: Sunday 16th September 2012, 21:10 hrs to 21:55 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.4 - 5.5 New - Revisited - Failed
Double Kick Drum posted a topic in Observing - ReportsFaced with another good sky but not much time, I started with two open clusters in Casseopeia. Following my first sighting of NGC 7789 (Caroline's Rose) in binoculars a couple of days ago, I turned the scope on it tonight. One of the prettiest clusters around, I would say. It appeared at its best in my 15mm eyepiece (42x) where a number of individual stars were resolved and the large hazy area seemed to be mottled as though other stars were at the point of further resolution. Very nice. I moved on to the less impressive NGC 433, which appeared as a small glow around a brighter star in a v-shaped asterism between Ruchbah and Gamma Casseopeiae. Still, another one chalked off. The best was saved until last. Thanks to a post from Cotterless45, I went for the Veil nebula rather than save it for a dark sky session some unimaginable time in the future. Wow! What a stunner! First of all, I sort of stumbled across it. Not hard, given the size of the thing. As I scrolled across the sky in the right area of Cygnus, a beautiful milky crescent moved through the 25mm eyepiece field of view. The UHC filter had done its job. The crescent was of course NGC 6992 (Caldwell 33, a.k.a. the Eastern Veil). It culminated in a denser patch of nebulosity, namely NGC 6995, (the Southern Veil), slightly wider and near a pair of 8th magnitude stars. The map indicated there was more of the Eastern Veil beyond this but it seemed to fizzle out at this point for me. I recommend anyone with half decent skies and a UHC filter go for this. It is superb, like a mini-Milky Way! __________________________________________________ ______ Observing Session: Tuesday 18th September 2012, 21:10 hrs to 22:10 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.3 - 5.4 New - Revisited - Failed
Evening all , Just a short report from tonight's observation ... Had the Dob downstairs and ready to go last night but clouds rolled in just as I opened the back door I've used a frac the last couple of times so wanted to get the 200P out to blow the metaphorical cobwebs off it and also use the 2 inch lenses again . The highlight of tonight's observation was finding Caroline's Rose NGC 7789 just beside Cassiopeia - Cassiopeia has become the centre of attention of late because of the amount of clusters in the region and I haven't even started on the double stars in Cassiopeia of which there are many . Other favorites were visited tonight as well : M57 , M11 , M13 , M45 and Perseus double among them . Clear skies . iPhone pic of tonight's set-up