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    Default Another Great Night of Viewing - M13, Saturn, M94, M53



    After getting clouded out last night even with weather.com saying clear skies until some clouds came in the next day, I was yearning for another night that was clear. Tonight was the night!

    I started off by going to my new favorite starter messier object, M13. I can pretty much set my red dot finder right on it now. It's fun seeing that gray fuzzy blob. I think I was able to make it out as a cluster of stars rather than just a blob for once.

    After that, I spent some time trying to find M92, but was ultimately unable. I'm thinking a telrad will help immensely with this.

    After giving up on M92, I went to the double star in Ursa Major. I was under the impression that the double star was the second star that you can make out with your bare eyes. I was pleased to see another, smaller, star right next to Mizar. Exciting.

    I then moved my scope over to Canes Venatici in hopes of finding M94. I started on the alpha star. Then moved to the beta star. Then I started scanning between the two in a sweeping motion, and came across this faint object that I believe was M94. It was a dim blob with a star near it. I can't wait to see this with a larger scope!

    I moved over to Saturn, as I try to every time I can when it's between the trees. I love that I can just about make out the space between the rings and the planet. Such a great sight every time!

    To finish off the night, I moved over to the alpha star in Coma Berenices. I moved the scope up just a bit, and bam! M53. Very easy to find. I saw this gray object with two stars near it.

    Overall a great night. I can't wait to upgrade so I can see these objects with more clarity!
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    Default Re: Another Great Night of Viewing - M13, Saturn, M94, M53

    Sounds like a great night!

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    Default Re: Another Great Night of Viewing - M13, Saturn, M94, M53

    Nice report. Thanx for share.

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    Default Re: Another Great Night of Viewing - M13, Saturn, M94, M53

    Nice report. Your targets were well-chosen, certainly some of the nicest visual objects in the sky.
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