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After first seeing M81 & 2 back in Feb and always seeming to be frustrated in looking for Galaxies, especially M51,

have finally had a couple brief evening sessions of success.

10" Dob with 18mm & 10mm Radians


NGC 3115 The Spindle Galaxy, looked for as it has a higher surface brightness yep definately there as an elongated smudge ...

sort of odd shape possibly accentuated by the star just about on top of it. Quite surprised to see it.

M96 flushed with success went to some of the Leo ones managed this as a faint fat oval glow, couldn't make out anything of M95 though!

M105 & NGC3384 in same FoV a roundish oval for and more elongated one for the other.

Went to look for M51 just when the neighbours turned th lights on :icon_eek:


pehaps a tad poorer transparency M96,105 and NGC 3384 again but lesser views

M51 Yeah after many many attempts to see it ... there it was clearly two faint glows and a more generalised glow around them,

wish I'd had a view on Sunday. Not really sure if I could make out any definition of what would be the spiral arms though

just the general glow. Good views in both EPs perhaps a tad better in the 10mm.

M65 & M66 Again spotted this pair without too much trouble but certainly less well defined than I'd have thought, need another go at them.

I found M66 to be much the more rounded in shape than M65.

Looks good for a long session Friday Night.


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Good stuff Andy, I agree with some comments on M51, I too found it a bit difficult for some reason, probably poor conditions, the 1st few times I was looking for it but have to say its a nice object when you can find it :D

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Great stuff. Galaxy hunting is addictive, isn't it. I had a decent spell yesterday, and today was looking SO good, until now: clouds all over. Hope your skies are better.

Another nice one in Leo is NGC 2903: really impressive.



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Yep NGC 2903 is first on my my list on new things to hunt tonight

as well as seeing if I can get a better go at the others. Might try some of the Coma ones - but a bit awkwardly positioned behind the house until later.


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Yep a good Friday of Galaxies until getting tired and hopelessly lost in Virgo so decided to give it a break but finish off saving the best til last... Saturn.

16 Galaxies, 12 of them new. Transparency just about on a par with Wednesday nights

It's a bit of a pity that most of them only display themselves as fuzzy oval glows of various dimensions. But, I'm finding them without GOTO

and really seeing them. Used the 32mm for star-hopping and finding the widest FoV and the 18mm and 10mm Radians for the close-ups

depending which gave the best views. The 10mm tended to give better views of the brighter ones than the 18mm did.

NGC 2903: As suggested... first on the list easy to locate S of Lambda Leo but took 15 minutes to see it as it was only just getting

really dark and then quite a challenging oval

M51: again clearly two portions with a more general haze arround an connecting them: just the hint of sprial arms.

NGC 5005: starting from Cor Caroli (nice easy double) going South a quite small and barely visible squashed oval.

Failed to see anything of NGC 5033 which should be really close but lower SBr.

M63: The Sunflower a reasonably large oval perhaps a more impressive sight than M51 tonight.

M94: found this easy to spot again

M106: once located actually quite easy to see its elongated oval.

M109: have tried this a few times previously but spent a bit really trying and was rewarded when using averted vision with glimpses of it.

M65 & M66: marginally better views than previously, but just about visible in the 32mm, but best of all in the 10mm.

And really able to clearly see the differences in their shapes.

M95 & M96: Got 95 today a smaller circular glow oddly found it easier than 96 tonight!

Into Virgo for ticking off these

M49: It's circular glow was quite easy to distinguish from nearby stars.

M90 & M89: In the Same 18mm FoV one circular one flattened

M58: Another oval haze !

M59 & M60: another pair in the same 18mm FoV again one circular the other more flattened.

Then got totally lost looking for more M87 ...So

Just to finish off looked at Saturn with more moons that you could shake a stick at, well 5 anyway:Titan, Rhea, Tethys, Enceladus and Iapetus

(could have got Dione if I'd have waited a bit) but capping it all was clearly seeing the Cassini division... just rounded off the night so well.

More Tonight :D


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