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    Default Another clear night.



    Hi everyone. Really clear cold night last night. Wind was down some with temperature in the teens. Moon was pretty bright. Decided I wanted to give my Orion reflector a shot on the Atlas mount. Since I had to adjust the mount I needed to redo polar alignment. It didn't take too long. Practice is helping. After polar aligning I did a two star alignment. To test I went to the Orion nebula and it was dead center in my 6mm Radian. Like I said before practice is helping. Checked out a few NG list clusters and then decided to take a shot at M78. It's one of my remaining Messier targets to track down. I think I had it. Does two little bright spots with just a little fuzziness around them sound right? I'll need to come back with less moonlight to be sure. Since the moon was bright I then went on an adventure of open clusters including M36, M37 and M38 plus some NG open clusters that I haven't seen before. Then hit M45 and over to the double cluster. I always enjoy that one and often go there for a quick peek. Just for the heck of it I decided to see if I could spot M81 and M82 and was honestly surprised how clearly they stood out in spite of the bright moon. I had expected them to be pretty much washed out. By that time the cold was starting to work through my gloves and sneakers so I called it a night. I had expected the ergonomics to be terrible using the newtonian on an EQ mount but it wasn't that bad. At least for the targets I selected last night. Actually a better night than I expected going in. Hope everyone is enjoying this a much as me. Take care.
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    Thanks for the report Len!

    Glad to hear you guys are finally getting some viewing time in!
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    Nice report Len. Looks like you are getting the hang of polar alignment now.

    Clear skies to ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenbo View Post
    1Just for the heck of it I decided to see if I could spot M81 and M82 and was honestly surprised how clearly they stood out in spite of the bright moon. I had expected them to be pretty much washed out.
    Great minds think alike! I landed Bode's last night too and was amazed that not only were they visible despite the substantial moonlight and city LP, they were clearly discernible as galaxies. Made me very hopeful for trying some imaging on them some time soon when the moon goes a waning.

    You did a better job of keeping track of your targets than I did. I need to start keeping a log. Doh! Glad you got a good night out with the heavens!

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