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    July 1st is Canada Day. I have to admit I skipped out on the parties and fireworks and just spent the day with the family.

    The evening was mostly clear so I was hoping for some good viewing. Of course when I got set up in my backyard a big cloud rolled in. It took about 20 minutes to move away and this gave my eyes time to adjust and my optics to cool.

    My focus was on getting the Whirlpool galaxy but the first area that was cloud free was around Bootes so I decided to take a look at M5. It was gorgeous, I seemed to be seeing lots of individual stars.

    It didn't take long to locate the Whirlpool galaxy but all I could really make out with being in the city was 2 faint smudges. From there I also located the Sunflower, M63.

    Other globulars for the night were M56 and M92.

    After locating M92 I took a look at Stellarium to see what else was nearby. When I noticed the Ring Nebula in Lyra I decided to see if I could locate it.

    I'm having trouble expressing what I felt about what I saw. It was everything I had ever hoped to see as an amateur astronomer. It justified my purchasing a telescope. I was deeply moved.

    Happy Birthday Canada.

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    Nice report Cyclist and congratulations on finding M57
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    M57 has the same effect on me. Actually looks like the pictures (less the color) - and it is just so darned cool!

    It takes magnification pretty well, too - I usually gaze at it (often for 15 minutes...) at 146x in an ETX-125.
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    Nice report. Thanks for sharing.
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    I can see why it would have been called a Planetary Nebula, it would have been easily mistaken for Neptune or Uranus.
    I definitely detected a bluish colour in the ring.

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    I got the chance to get out last night and do a first run at setting up in the backyard. Gave me the chance to figure out the logistics of moving all the equipment into place for the next outing. The city did manage to help out a little altering a light standard 50' to my east, but alas not enough still to much pollution limiting my viewing. Still all in all I got the chance to do a test run and plan for that dash out into the county area to the north (C&E Trail North Cyclist if your up for it). I did however manage to keep the kids up late (then get them up early this morning, lol welcome to Dad's army son we got work to do) they were excited to see a few stars and some fuzzy light polluted clusters and the odd satellite dashing across the field of view. Not a total waste, next time out i'm going to try and run the scope from the laptop (more testing... never enough testing).

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