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michael.h.f.wilkinson

December 9, 2017: Short session with the new Helios LightQuest 16x80 bins

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After coming back from ballroom lessons, there was a large clear patch in sky. Despite the clouds the clear bit was better than yesterday, with less haze and no moonlight yet. I got out the new Helios LightQuest HR 16x80 bins, and made a little tour of the sky. I first aimed for the Pleiades, which are always great in bins. The FOV of these bins frames them very nicely indeed. I then went through Auriga, picking up M36, M37, and M38. What struck me was how many more stars were resolved in these bins than in any other bins I have used. I bagged M35, and then switched to some galaxies, bagging M81 and M82, followed by M31, and M32 and M110. M32 in particular was very clear, and the dust bands in M31 stood out nicely. M33 in Triangulum was very easy. Further west I picked up M15 in Pegasus. Just to complete a nice sequence I  decided to add M34 and M39 completing the series from M31 to M39. Staying with Cygnus, I managed the North America Nebula, never easy from town.

All in all a very nice session with the new bins.

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really cool

i am really considering the Apollo 22x85 bins (i know not same bins but from same stable) and reading this is making my mouth water lol

happy viewing mate :)

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