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Some field sketches, as I don't get to spend a lot of time at the eyepiece lately...
All done with a 12" dobsonian under moderate skies.
NGC 6543 - Cat's Eye Nebula.
It's a bit elongated, but clearly bright and big. Nice object!
NGC 7009 - Saturn Nebula
Also a bit elongated, no further details as the object was standing too low, and in a messy lightpolluted area.
A small and faint fuzzy ball, not resolved into stars, but clearly round and directly visible.
By A budding astronomer
You look to the South on a crystal clear night and spot Scorpius and Sagittarius gleaming above the horizon. Probably some of the best observable night sky objects are within these fine constellations. My 4.5 inch reflector was ready to go at 12 AM on Sunday morning, I aligned the stars Altair and Dubhe in the two star alignment feature on its GoTo mount . I was thinking of either imaging Saturn and Jupiter. But I chose to observe some of the dazzling and interesting objects in Sagittarius.
I slewed my telescope to M25 first. a beautiful open cluster in the top part of Sagittarius' border. My next target was the fantastic Sagittarius Star Cloud or M24, an object I have been longing to see! All the objects had a dusty glow to them and since it was in the top part of the constellations boundary. Atmospheric haze did not affect it, after that. I decided to check out the stars that make the "Teapot" asterism in Sagittarius. I went through all that I could see from Ireland. I could see all the stars other than Kaus Australis .
Following my adventure in Sagittarius I decided to move my way up the Milky Way into Scutum the shield. I observed the famous Wild Duck cluster in my highest magnification and what a sight it was! But, as I was browsing Stellarium for other interesting objects in Scutum I found something cool indeed. What was it? It was the asteroid Juno! Juno was and is currently magnitude +9.9 near the Wild Duck cluster. I star hopped my way using Stellarium as a map. And I found it within a few minutes. It may not of looked the part but hey, in astronomy one of the main things you must understand. It's not about what it looks like, it's what it represents.
With that I decided it was time to go in as it was 1:30AM.
Thank you for reading! Clear skies to all
M11 "Wild Duck" cluster, to M16 "Eagle" nebula and M17 "Omega" nebula.
(try shots for new lens)
Capture: 10 lights x 3.2s x 2500iso, 5 darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Helios "44M-6" 58mm/2 at 2 on fixed tripod (and no LP filter)
Place: near country 50km from Paris, France