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    Default 4/19/14 Observer's log



    Observer's Log #2:
    Date:4/19/14
    Session Plan: M 53 and Melotte 111
    Conditions: clear and moonless
    Equipment: 130mm Orion Spaceprobe telescope
    Eyepieces: 25mm and 10mm
    Log:
    This is a 2 in 1 session that started saturday at 11:40 PM EST and then continued again at 10Pm est that Sunday night. After a long day of working on my boat and dinner with the family I decided at around 11 PM I was gong to get the telescope out. It was probably a bad idea from the start but it was a clear and moonless night. So I pull out the scope in search of M 53 in particular and mel 111 as a side note because I was unable to get it in the scope the other night. The first thing was to orient myself which proved to be harder than I thought. I figured mel 111 should be an easy find but to my surprise I could not get it. I don't even think I was in the right area. After searching and searching I started to get frustrated with the whole situation. After about an hour and a half I decided to call it quits. Rejected and neglected i put the scope up and went to bed.
    Easter Day Redemption:
    After what ended up being a great day with family for Easter we made it home around 9:30. The sky had been cloudy most of the day so I thought about maybe getting the scope out but just didn't think it would happen. Well to my surprise just as we made it home the clouds moved east and it started to clear up nicely. I watch a show then grabbed up the scope to make another try for M53 and mel 111 in coma berenices. This night started off like the other session. I was just not correctly oriented and could not figure out what to do. So I decided to get up, walk downstairs and get my Sky Atlas for small telescopes from the drawer. What a difference it made. I put the red light app on my phone then figured out where I wanted to look and with some patience I found Mel 111. Using the 20 mm eyepiece I could see most of it but it is definitely a better binocular object. As my night vision improved I could make out Coma Berenices much better. I realized through all this that my finder scope was a bit off. So I straightened out and made my way to area of M 53. It took some time but eventually i was able to find it. It was definitely a feeling of accomplishment since the night before had went so bad. Even though this object is a little out of range for my small scope I was still able to see it. That small smudge was just a great site and to most may of been unimpressive, but to me it was like the golden ticket.
    Bonus stuff:
    In between all of this after I had found mel 111 and was searching for M53 I had two points of light catch my eye. They were moving quickly to the north. I knew immediately what they were,NO not UFO's but satellites. I have seen a single one before but never two like this going the same way. I watched those until they were gone then went back to finding M53.
    After it was all said and done with M53 and mel 111 found and observed I was just sitting back contemplating my little success and out of no where and nice meteor flared across the sky. This was probably the largest one I have seen in a while so to me that signaled the time to pack it up and call it a night.
    Equipment: 130mm ST Orion spaceprobe F/5 650mm
    15x70 Skymaster Binoculars
    Eyepieces: 25mm plossl, 10mm Plossl, 25mm,18mm, 7mm and 5mm Xcel LX Eyepieces, 10 mm Luminos, 14mm Meade UWA

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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Thanks for sharing the great report.... Meteors, Melotte 111, M53....aligned finder scope... used star map.....mission accomplished !!!!

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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Very good report! The first time I observed Coma Berenices was last year!
    It is amazing the things that zoom overhead and very very few people ever notice or care. Good job and clear skies!
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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Nice second report.

    Chasing DSOs is a lot of fun and a low-power, wide-FOV eyepiece really helps.

    Your 25mm Plossl is giving you a True FOV (what you actually see) of 2.0 degrees at 26x. The mag (26x) is just fine, but you might consider a wider AFOV eyepiece in that same 25'ish mm range.

    For example: a 68 degree (AFOV) 24-25mm eyepiece can give you 2.62 degrees of TFOV. An 82 degree (AFOV) eyepiece in a similar size will provide a TFOV of 3.15 degrees. Either of which will greatly enhance your ability to pick up a dimmer DSO.

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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Thanks for the advice. I am slowly working on new eyepieces and have a couple of the xcel LX's coming which will give me a bigger AFOV of 60 degrees. I am on a budget so I am going to slowly work in some higher AFOV's as time goes on.
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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Nice report! Keep going!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    An impressive and well written report, thanks for sharing!
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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    Thanks for the report. M53 was a good catch!
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    Default Re: 4/19/14 Observer's log

    A nice report. One good thing is you noticed something not quite right with your equipment, and corrected it, sending you on to success. I'm not sure about everyone else, but I tend to be finicky before an observing session. I check the alignment on everything before I start. Doing so definitely reduces the frustration factor.
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