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Swoop1

M37 and getting lost amongst the stars

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This evening, after taking my life into my hands yet again when giving the cat her insulin injection, I took a peek outside and lo- there were stars!

I rushed inside again and grabbed the tools and set up. by 10:30 p.m. I was searching around Auriga looking to find some fuzziness. After a little while, I was succesful and settled down to explore what I identifeid via Stelarium as M37. Using averted vision through the 40mm Maxvision on the SW 150P I spent a happy time studying the open cluster and seeing a little more as the minutes passed and my night vision developed. After 15 minutes or so, I decided to relocate my view towards Ursa Major to see if I could find anything around the area of The Plough but was defeated by light pollution. I then decided to cast around Cassiopeia to see what I could see. Before I knew it I was lost in the glorious starfield between Cassiopeia and Perseus. That was it, I was stuck, enjoying another 20 minutes or so just drifting around in this absolutely glorious bit of sky.

My first proper chance this month and well worth it.

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52 minutes ago, Swoop1 said:

. Using averted vision through the 40mm Maxvision on the SW 150P I spent a happy time studying the open cluster and seeing a little more as the minutes passed and my night vision developed. 

I've been on this site a while now and roughly been star gazing for the past two years..... Averted vision is something I'd never heard of so I googled it, thank you for bringing that to my attention .

nice report

Nathan

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If you don't mind I would like to add this to your report for other people like myself who are fairly new to star gazing that may benefit from knowing more about averted vision.

nathan 

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It is nights like this that remind us why we go through all the pain ...

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Nice report. It’s a great area of the sky, especially if you like open clusters. Auriga is jammed packed with them. It’s one of few times when I fully appreciate the binoculars, just taking in Auriga.

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Lucky you it was clear enough, when I looked out it was very small gaps.
The area around Cassiopeia and Perseus does make you grin in the 150p, its somewhere I often look in awe, so fully understand your posting and enjoyment.


As to your risking life with the cat and insulin, we had a diabetic cat on insulin for many years and after 3 years she gave up fighting and just stood and accepted the injections.


 

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3 hours ago, Alan White said:

Lucky you it was clear enough, when I looked out it was very small gaps.
The area around Cassiopeia and Perseus does make you grin in the 150p, its somewhere I often look in awe, so fully understand your posting and enjoyment.


As to your risking life with the cat and insulin, we had a diabetic cat on insulin for many years and after 3 years she gave up fighting and just stood and accepted the injections.


 

I normally get away with it but every so often, she reminds me who is boss!

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