Stridor Posted May 5, 2016 Share Posted May 5, 2016 A pretty good night last night, pity it`s a bit of a wait for a dark sky! Anxious to get going I started with M3 Globular cluster in Canes Venatici; even without a fully dark sky, still an impressive object (I did return to it later when fully dark!) M13 was of course superb at 129x mag; a real dense sphere of stars: also in Hercules, other interesting globular clusters were M92, with a bright concentrated core, and NGC 6229. NGC 6210 also in Hercules is a Planetary nebula which does show itself as a blueish disk which tended to `blink`. In Ophiuchus I was using a bit too much magnification (73x) for the obvious Open cluster IC 4665. In Coma Berenices I bagged three nice Spirals; NGCs 4565 / 4559 & 4494; 4565 appeared quite large with a bulging core. Another Globular cluster, also in Coma B is M53. Into Canes Venatici I locked onto three more Spirals; NGC 5005; 5033, and 4631 which was really impressive; in fact I couldn't believe just how large it appeared; it appears as a long glowing streak with a central bulge ( I would be interested to know if anyone else has viewed NGC 4631 and been as impressed as I was!? ). Really low in the sky, and only just in view for me were M10 and M12 two Globular cluster in Ophiuchus; M12 especially is a really great object with a great many stars that can be resolved. I couldn't pack up without looking at M57 in Lyra; a lovely object at 73x mag; still a bit low in the sky it didn't work quite as well at 129x mag; having said that, M12 in Ophiuchus (even lower!) was better at 129x mag. I finished the night with one last Globular cluster in Coma Berenices, NGC 4147. All round, a rewarding session with great seeing; and barely a hint of dew! 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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