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    Default Good transparency



    I was out for a couple of hours the last two nights. It's amazing how relaxing astronomy is when everything is working smoothly! Last night the transparency was better than Tuesday night, so I had the first chance in a while to look at some nebulas.

    I looked at a lot of objects, so I'll just hit some highlights. I'll note first-time objects with an asterisk.

    After looking at a few doubles, including old friends 17 Cygnus and Albireo, I hit some globulars, including M2* (in Aquarius), M3 (Canes Venatici), M5* (Serpens) and M15* (Pegasus).

    Then a few open clusters, including M23* (Sagittarius) and M62* (Ophiuchus). I think I also looked at M54* (Sagittarius), but can't remember for sure.

    I also checked out M73* (Aquarius). I thought it might be a nebula, but the Info button said it's an asterism that just *looks* nebular.

    Bu this time, things were as dark as they were going to get, so I decided to check out some proper nebulas:

    M8* Lagoon Nebula (Sagittarius)
    M16* Eagle Nebula (Serpens)
    M17* Swan Nebula (Sagittarius)
    M27* Dumbbell Nebula (Vulpecula)
    M57 Ring Nebula (Lyra)
    NGC 6826 (Blinking PN)

    M27*, M57 and NGC 6826 showed clear structure. M17* showed some structure; I could make out what I think was the body of the "swan". M8* and M16* showed clear nebulosity, but not much structure.

    I have a fairly "early-to-bed" schedule, so it's nice that the days are getting shorter! Now that it looks like I've got the kinks worked out of my gear, I might have to do an M30 list!
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    Good night indeed! Heck with just this one night you're almost halfway to the M30 award, just need a few more nights with good weather and you'll be there.

    I find it interesting that you say you didn't see much structure in M8 - I have a C6 and the few times I've viewed it so far I can clearly make out the darker region that defines the 'lagoon'. Now M16 I agree, I've looked at it on the same nights as M8 and while I see the main nebula I have yet to even see a hint of the Eagle. Perhaps it will show with a bit more persistence.
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    Well done!!

 

 

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