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    Hello everyone, this is Storm, and his experiences.
    Tonight I had a clear sky, not a single cloud anywhere, so I decided to go out to hunt down M36 M37 and M38. I used the tips you've given me, (drew an imaginery line between Alnath and Theta Auriga, and halfed it and drew an other imaginery line in it) and this way, found easily M38. I have to admit, it wasnt a very hard find, but pretty much rewarding. Straight to the left direction I soon have found M36 as well. Had a great time viewing them, seriously, I must have spent half an hour on each one. After that, it took around 10 minutes to find M37 as well, and while I was at it, I went to the gemini constellation, and found the other open cluster, named Messier 35. However, I couldn't find NGC 2129 near it, but I wasn't disappointed. That's quite an accomplishment for a night, I guess. At least for me.
    That's for my reporting, and I would ask a question as well. Can you recommend me some easy-to-find galaxies, which I can view at this time of year?
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    Great report Storm! I've been enjoying them as well this year. As for galaxies, check out the trio in Leo -M65, 66 and NGC 3628. All are visible in a low power EP in the same view below the triangle of Leo. Happy Hunting!
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    Try M81 and M82 in Ursa Major.
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    Thanks for the report. I always take time to look at those when I am observing. I've never gotten tired of them.
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    I can't see Ursa Major!
    But I can see Caldwell 103
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    Hello Storm 22,

    regarding the galaxies "easy-to-find":

    1) Fix Alkaid (Eta UMa), follow the line to Cor Caroli (Alpha CVn) to see the M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy first, and then M63 The Sunflower Galaxy.

    2) Having fixed Cor Caroli (Alpha CVn), go to M94 - a small round bright galaxy.

    3) Fix Gamma UMa and move towards Beta CVn. In the middle of your way is the M106.

    Wishing you clear skies and successful touring UMa and CVn for those splendid galaxies,

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    Hi Storm, try looking at M38's area again with a wide view and you'll see the sky smiling at you.
    Makes me laugh every time i see it.

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    The best part about these clusters is how easy they are to find. The hard part is identifying which is which! :P

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