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    Default Observing Report - Icehouse Observing Plateau (Sierra foothills,California)



    I arrived at IHOP at about 5:45 and found Gene Kahn already there (he
    arrived Friday night). I set up, tightened everything up, collimated,
    and had dinner. By 8:30 or so, there were nine observers including two
    imagers.

    Equipment:
    22" f/4 Sayre Monocular on an Equatorial Platform
    30mm Widescan II with Lumicon Coma Corrector
    13mm Ethos
    5mm Monocentric
    2" 2X Powermate
    2" NPB filter

    Conditions:
    Sky - totally clear and transparent
    Seeing - Mostly excellent, occasionally dropping to very good or good
    Limiting Magnitude - at least 6.8
    Site - "In the blue", altitude approximately 5,150 feet
    Moisture - none noticeable on any exposed surface
    Wind - Calm with very occasional extremely light wind (1-2 mph?)

    I began viewing as I often do with M57. It was not yet dark, and I
    could only make out Shulafat (and not Sheliak), but I nevertheless
    found the Ring with my 30mm. I quickly switched to the Ethos, and the
    view was so rock solid (and M57 was not far from the zenith) that I
    immediately put the Ethos and Powermate together, and enjoyed a
    stunning view of the Ring, with the central star clearly visible by
    direct vision. I don't believe I have previously seen the central star
    at such a low magnification (342X). I shared the view with Alvin Huey,
    then replaced the eyepiece with a 5mm Monocentric. Now I could see
    scalloped edges to the ring, but the central star was certainly less
    visible. Still, I could tell that this was a superb viewing night.

    Over the next few hours I viewed a number of targets - nebulae and
    globulars in Ophiucus and Sagittarius, as well as Hickson 68 near Ursa
    Major. (The view of 3 face-on and one elliptical galaxies with a
    bright star in the field is quite stunning with the Ethos/Powermate.)
    I then turned my attention to Pegasus, viewed NGC7331, and several
    attendant smaller galaxies (or at least, apparently smaller). For what
    turned out to be the highlight of my evening, I moved about a degree
    north and had by far my best view ever of a galaxy group, including
    NGC7345 and 7342 as well as 5 additional galaxies. What a nice view of
    two softly glowing cores, close together! (M+6-49-56, 60, 61, 66 and
    UGC12127 are the other galaxies in the group).

    Later on, I had a good view of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster.

    By 3, a number of observers had left, and I decided to pack it in. The
    sky was still excellent when I pulled out at 4:10.

    Clear skies,
    Shneor Sherman





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    Default Observing Report - Icehouse Observing Plateau (Sierra foothills, California)

    "Shneor" <shneor@my-deja.com> wrote in message
    news:5b78b626-29fe-41f0-8e6d-f4a845083900@a21g2000prf.googlegroups.com...

    Had me worried there for awhile, Shneor...

    Up until this message, IHOP has ONLY ever meant International House of
    Pancakes... So, it was touch-and-go, whether I'd read beyond THAT point...

    Excellent report, though, even after causing me ersatz hunger pangs at the
    beginning... Kinda' like premature withdrawl... YIKES!!!

    Heheheh!!!

    Thanks again!!!

    --
    Jan Owen

    To reach me directly, remove the Z, if one appears in my e-mail address...
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    http://community.webshots.com/user/janowen21



 

 

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