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  1. Another rain washed sky tonight going NELM 6.8 indicating a nice level of transparency. Scope used was the Takahashi TSA120 and the eyepiece a 42mm LVW. 2 filters were employed a Lumicon UHC and their OIII. This scope is proving to be superb on nebulae, man it shows these dark nebs well! While cruising M24 it hit me at how dark the border of part of it was, it seems as if on the one side a long dark nebula exists and for some reason this scope pops it and others right out. On the other side B92 and B93 were in stark contrast to the rest of the structure. You know I followed M24 too far and its look changed... I believe that I followed M24 into SH2-35 another huge chunk of emission nebulosity and it showed easily. Having such success around M24 I tried another dark neb, this time the large and black B312 near NGC 6645 and it appeared about 2.5 deg across- too little FOV and its likely to be missed- I tried the Docter 12.5mm UWA and this happened. Careful viewing caught the edges of it though. There was nebulae everywhere! Has anyone else seen the starfield with nebulosity near M11, the Wild Duck cluster? This is another great sight that is on my list. Up at IC1318 the extent shown with the OIII is boggling- yes the OIII. A few years ago I mentioned the OIII on this one and possibly raised some eyebrows as a Hb is typically recommended. I prefer the OIII for sure here. So much more seen and so long to figure it out! I must say this in closing- the lights on the AZ EQ6/battery pack and keypad definitely affect my night vision, I have to figure something out.
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