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    Default Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle



    Sunday morning 2014-04-06 00:00 - 04:30h
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    Saturday night was the first clear night in a couple of days. The radar showed this was really just a cloudless band in between two large cloudy areas so I just had to go out for my weekly fix.
    I left only close to midnight so technically this is a Sunday morning observation.

    I tried something quite different this time: I loaded the 10 onto our old bicycle kids chariot and headed out to my dark spot some 500m out the door. I did not dare to cycle with it, instead I attached the front wheel and used it as a push-to This way I had full control over the scope and was sure it would not tip over.

    This was the first time I took the 10 into this spot that I typically refer to as the triangle path. It is a small asphalt path of about 1 meter wide running diagonally through some fields. It is my best place to get some distance from the omnipresent Belgian streetlights. Anecdote: my father-in-law used it in the 50s as the last leg in the walk from home (farm) to the village center to go to school.

    Navigating the path was not as easy as I had hoped, it was not much wider than the cart and having the left tire run flat did not help either. But eventually I got there, set up the scope and chair and parked the chariot next to the path. In it I also had a bag with laptop and charts but I started without.
    My previous sessions on this path were later in the year and this time I found that I could see more streetlights than I was used to. Probably due to the trees not being green yet The moon was also still up so I was curious how this would compare to my front door spot. There I am shielded from the moon and direct streetlights but the (very) nearby streetlights do light up the road and a 9 foot high wall that is straight in my face.
    I found that the moon was not really disturbing as long as I kept it in my back, it was low and dim enough to not wash out the sky. Observing towards the south was tricky because when looking into the EP my face would be facing the moon.
    Anyway, enough ramblings, here is a quick rundown objects seen, the most interesting pulled to the top of the list.

    M83 NEW - My 100th Messier!!!
    This object was the very reason for hauling the big gun onto this small path. From this location I did most of my Sagittarius observations last year so I knew it should be good for M83 too.
    During the session I took repeated looks at M68 to see if the sky was dark enough. Once it became visible I started keeping an eye out for M83 to rise high enough.
    I will admit that for this one I had Stellarium running on my lap to determine the starhop. Even so this proved very difficult, I had problems even relating the finder scope fov to that of the Stellarium ocular view.
    But eventually at 60x I spotted a very soft glow partly enveloping a very faint star at about 10 o clock. It was really only visible with averted vision or when moving the scope. Above this glow was a horizontal line of three small stars and to the right two brighter stars. Extending from above this duo was another three star line of intermediate brightness, running diagonally above the three faint ones. With this info I was able to make a positive ID with Stellarium 

    C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS)
    My second observation of this little comet. Last weekend I found it at the extension of the bottom half of Coma B. Now it had already moved to the top half and it seems brightness has increased. At 120x I could see a distinct nucleus but no tail.

    NGC 4699 - NEW
    From Corvus I was trying to find M104 which I had not yet seen in the 10.
    At a given moment I found as small fuzzy at 60x. At 120x it showed a stellar core but it was obvious that this could not be M104. So I opened the laptop (actually for the first time in the evening, this was before M83) and checked Stellarium. Based on the surrounding stars I identified this as NGC 4699. I just looked it up on dso-browser.com and was a bit surprised by its numbers:
    Apparent Magnitude 9.50 seems reasonable but a Surface Brightness of 20.96???

    M104

    With help of Stellarium it was now easy to hop from the NGC onto M104.
    At 60x there were already hints of the Sombrero shape and at 120x and 200x it was very obvious but I did not see the dust lane. This observation was seriously affected by the moon, as I was looking into the EP the moonlight was in my face

    NGC 6210 Turtle Planetary Nebula - NEW

    In Hercules I managed to track down this little gem.
    It is just a mere 0012 (compared to 0042 for the eskimo or 0230 for the ring nebula) but into this small surface it packs a brightness of mag 9.
    And its a blue ball! Seeing this I fully understand the origins of the name planetary nebula, it really does look like a blue planet. The size is very similar to mars.
    Looking back I think I should have tried to increase magnification as far as I could. I think I did not go higher than 200x but Im not 100% sure. But I do know for sure that it is a real beauty.

    Saturn:
    Some banding on the planet and the cassinni division clearly visible.
    Moon seen: Titan, Rhea and Tethys and Dione looking like a sort of faint double.

    Jupiter:
    Many bands and all four moons visible, Europa just about to disappear.

    Mars:
    I think this planet hates me I just cannot pull out details on this one, it is too bright. I even tried to push magnification to 266x to try to dim it but it is still too bright. In despair I even tried my UHC filter (the only filter I had on me) but that was just yuck.

    Galaxies:
    M51 and companion clearly connected
    M63
    M101 was showing obvious brightness differences.
    M102 I like this little elipse
    Close to M102 I aimed just past the line of Draco and managed to spot a very faint, very elongated haze. This is a collection of three galaxies ranging from mag 11 to mag 13. Im not logging these NGC just yet I will first revisit them on a better night.

    Leo triplet + the other Leo group
    Many of the Coma- Virgo galaxies ranging from M85 up high (with companion) via the T to Markarians chain down to M49. For the latter I now have a starhop via a Y shaped asterism that is clearly visible in the finder scope. From the Y I can aim the finder directly onto the two stars surrounding NGC 4625 and from there via the 20mm EP to M49. The Y shape itself I can find quite easily by a rough aim via the Quickfinder.

    Globulars:
    M3 M10 M12 M13 M14 M68 M80 M92 M107 and M53.
    Of the last one I also tried to see the nearby NGC globular but did not see it.
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    Default Re: Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle

    Well done and good luck with the rest!
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    Default Re: Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle

    Nice report.Keep going.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle

    Thanks for the excellent report. You had an outstanding night.
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    Default Re: Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle

    I really enjoyed your report. I am now anxious to get out very soon when the skies are clear again.

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    Default Re: Report - My 100th Messier, moons, planets, galaxies, globulars and blue turtle

    Hi Skyscanner. Congratulations on bagging your 100th Messier, as well as Comet PANSTARRS, some planets, and host of other great DSOs. All in all, you had a great night. Thanks for your well written report Skyscanner, and best wishes on getting those last 10 Messier objects.
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