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    Default My First Messier Award Report by Cargeena2



    Phew!
    I started this quest in October of 2013 but due to weather & other issues, I was sidetracked until May 31st.
    I'm attaching the .pdf versions as well as the copy/pasted version.
    I have to say I've been so serious about any hobby as I have with Astronomy, I just wish I had bought a telescope years ago!

    My First Messier Award Submission by Carl Randall aka Cargeena2

    I began this quest in October of 2013, having just joined this forum & learning how to use my Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT.
    I hereby submit my Messier 30 objects list as required.
    Please note that as I have added my time, equipment & observations I also included related information from the Wiki
    to make a well rounded report.

    October, 9, 2013

    1. M13, NGC-6205. A globular cluster located in the constellation Hercules at a distance of 22 light years & a magnitude of 5.
    Seen on 10/9/13 at 9:30pm with my 127 SLT using a 15mm Omni eyepiece.
    A very scattered dense cluster of stars with nebulosity showing bright white stars.
    2. M57, NGC-6720. Known as the Ring Nebula, this planetary nebula is located in the constellation Lyra South of the star Vega at a distance of 2+ light
    years, an 8 magnitude.
    Seen on 10/9/13 at 9:38pm with 127 SLT using a 32mm Omni EP. I saw an oval shaped object with a light gaseous ring surround a dark but transparent center.
    3. M92, NGC-6341. A globular cluster located in the constellation Hercules, NW of the star Eltanin. One could say M92 is located at Hercule's Head,
    according to my astronomer friend Steve Franks. Seen on 10/9/13 at 9:54pm with 127 SLT using a 32mm Omni EP, I saw a very solid looking core
    with a round field of surrounding stars. Distance is 27,000 light years with a magnitude of 6.
    4. M56, NGC-6779. A globular cluster located in the constellation Lyra at a distance of 33,000 light years & a magnitude of 8.
    Not far from the bright double star Albireo, I saw another very bright field in the center with bright stars surrounding the core.
    Seen at 10:11pm on 10/9/13, I used a Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT with a 32mm Omni eyepiece.
    5. M71, NGC-6838. A globular cluster located in the constellation Sagitta at a distance of 12,000 light years near a variable star named 2 Sagittae.
    Seen on 10/9/13 at 10;26pm with my 127 SLT using a 32mm eyepiece, I saw a bright & well spaced cluster.
    6. M27, NGC-6853. Known as the Dumbell Nebula located in the constellation Vulpecula at a distance of 1,360 lightyears an magnitude 7.
    Seen on 10/9/13 at 10:28pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepiece.
    I saw a very well shaped with what looked like a spread of nebulosity at the very ends of the North & South regions.
    7. M15, NGC-7078. A globular cluster located in the constellation Pegasus near the stars Enif & Equuleus at a distance of 33,600 light years and magnitude 9. Seen on 10/9/13 at 10:43pm with my 127 SLT using a 32mm eyepiece.
    I saw a very dense & tightly packed cluster of bright stars which, according to the Wiki contains over 100,000 stars.
    8. M2, NGC-7089. A globular cluster located in the constllation Aquarius near the star Sadalmelik & SE of M15 at a distance of 37,500 light years
    and magnitude 6. Seen at 10:47pm on 10/9/13 with my 127 SLT using a 32mm Omni eyepiece, I saw another tightly packed cluster of stars with a very bright core. According to the Wiki, there are about 150,000 statrs in this cluster.

    October 10, 2013

    9. M38, NGC-1912. An open cluster of stars located in the constellation Auriga at a distance of 3,420 light years and magnitude 7.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 12:29am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm eyepiece.
    This cluster is grouped with M36 & M37. I saw a loosely scattered cluster of stars.
    10. M-36, NGC-1960. Another open cluster also located in the constellation Auriga at a distance of 4,100 light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 12:32am with my 127 SLT using a 32mm Omni eyepiece and a stock Celestron 25mm eyepiece.
    I saw an irregular shaped star cluster that according to the Wiki is a very young cluster packed with 60+ stars.
    11. M37, NGC-2099. The third open cluster of the group of Messiers 36, 37 & 38 located in the constellation Auriga at a distance of 4,500
    light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 12:35am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni EP & my stock 25mm EP.
    I saw a somewhat dim filed of stars with a small sort of bright core which according to the Wiki contains about 500 stars.
    12. M-42, NGC-1976. Perhaps the best known Messier object, the Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation Orion
    at a distance of 1,343 light years and magnitude 4. Seen at 1:45am on 10/10/13 with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Celestron Omni eyepiece.
    I saw an elongated shaped object with a lot of nebulosity and a slight curve in that nebulsoty.
    13. M43, NGC-1942. Another well known nebula called De Mairan's Nebula in the constellation Orion, near M42, the Orion Nebula.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 1:48pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni EP & my 25mm stock eyepiece.
    I saw the nebulosity was shaped like a comma with nebulosity around & near it.
    14. M78, NGC-2068. Known as a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion at a distance of 1,600 light years and magnitude 8.
    Seen 0n 10/10/13 at 1:51pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Omni eyepieces plus my 25mm stock EP.
    I saw a somewhat fan-shaped cloud that seemed to pop in & out even with averted vision.
    15. M44, NGC-2632. Known as the famous Beehive Cluster & Praesepe at a distance of 577 light years and magnitude 3.7.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 2:45am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepice.
    I saw a very well-lit & well scattered cluster that did have an actual beehive shape. I also notice some bright outer stars that looked like bees buzzing around a hive.
    16. M41, NGC-2287. An open cluster located in the constellation Canis Major at a distance of 2,300 light years and magnitude 4.5.
    Near the bright star Sirius. Seen on 10/10/13 at 3:47am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Celestron Omni eyepieces.
    I saw a very loose cluster that accoroding to the Wiki contains about 100 stars.
    17. M46, NGC-2437. An open cluster of stars in the constellation Puppis at a distance of 5,500 light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 4:10am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepiece & my 25mm stock EP.
    It was hard to see but after I checked the Wiki, I found out that there is a planetary nebula located between M46 & Earth.
    18. M47, NGC-2422. Another open cluster in the constellation Puppis at a distance of 1,600 light years and magnitude 4.
    Seen on 10/10/13 at 4:14am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Oni eyepueces plus my stock 25mm EP.
    It was hard to see with & without averted vision until I pumpedup the magnification to 15mm, a very small cluster of stars.

    October 12, 2013

    19. M31, The Andromeda Galaxy, our closest galaxy & a well know Messier object at a distance of 2.5 million light years and magnitude 3.5.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 8:20pm using my 127 SLT and my 32mm Omni eyepiece.
    Looking straight at M31 was difficult but with averted vision & if I move my eye to the right then left quick, it was quite sharp for a moment.
    20. M2, NGC221(?). A cluster located near M31 Andromeda Galaxy at a distance of 2.65 million light yers and magnitude 8.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 8:25pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Omni eyepieces.
    I had trouble seeing it agin until I raised the eyepiece magnification. A loosely packed sort of round cluster with dim edges and a very bright core.

    Messier 30 Report, Part Two.

    October 12, 2013

    21. M30, NGC-7099. Located in the constellation Capricornus at a distance of 24,900 light years and magnitude 7.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 8:43pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Celestron Omni eyepieces.
    I saw another very faint cluster with a bright core, hard to see but there.
    22. M103, NGC-581. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia at a distance of 29,400 light years and magnitude 7.5.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 8:47pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Celestron Omni eyepieces.
    I saw a triangular shaped open cluster with one bright star, two dim stars one faint star through the eyepiece. It looked similar to the starfield in Orion's Belt but much dimmer.
    23. M34, NGC-1039. Located in the constellation Perseus at a distance of 1,500 light years and magnitude 5.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 9;13pm with my 127 SLT using my Celestron Omni 32mm& 15mm eyepieces.
    A bright cluster of stars with a center field of stars that seemed to be in a straight line.
    24. M52, NGC-7654. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia at a distance ranging from 3000 to 7000 light years and magnitude 5.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 9:45pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Celestron Omni eyepiece.
    I saw a loose, dim cluster with four of the stars in the shape of a trapezoid, like the Trapezium.
    25. M81, Bode's Galaxy. Located in the constellation Ursa Major at a distance of 12 million light years and magnitude 7.
    Seen on 10/12/13 at 11:07pm with my 127 SLT using my 32mm & 15mm Celestron Omni eyepieces.
    Very faint at first and round shaped.
    26. M35, NGC-2168. Located in the constellation Gemini at a distance of 2,800 ight years and magnitude 5.
    Seen at 12:15am on 10/13/13 with my Celestron 127 SLT using my Celestron Omni 32mm eyepiece.
    I saw a medium packed open cluster with all the mian, brightest stars seeming to be of equal magnitude.

    May 31, 2014

    27. M5, NGC-5904. Located in the constellation Serpens at a distance of 24,500 light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 5/31/14 at 10:24pm using my Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT & my 32mm Omni eyepiece plus my friend Steve Fransks' 16.7mm Erfle wide.
    I saw many brightbstars in a compact globular cluster with a very distinct bright core.
    28. M11, NGC-6705. This open cluster of stars is also known as the Wild Duck Cluster, located in the constellation Scotum at a distance of 6,200 light years and a magnitude of 6. Seen on 5/31/14 at 12:55am with my 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepiece & my friend's 16.7mm Erfle wide eyepiece.
    I saw a core that was very bright with a perfectly round cluster around that core.
    29. M17, NGC-6618. Located in the constellation Sagittarius at a distance of 5-6000 light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 5/31/14 at 1:05am with my Celestron 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepiece & my friend Steve Franks' 16.7mm Erfle wide eyepiece.
    I could see the top of the nebulosity was indeed shaped liked a swan's head with the long bent neck, hence the well known name Swan's Nebula.
    30. M4, NGC-6121. Located in the constellation Scorpius at a distance of 7,200 light years and magnitude 6.
    Seen on 5/3/14 at 1:50am with my Celestron 127 SLT using my 32mm Omni eyepiece and my friend's 16.7mm Erfle eyepiece.
    I saw yet another great globular cluster with many bright stars but very compact.

    This is my Messier 30 Award report.
    I'd like to note that I was with my neighbor & good friend Steve Franks, a renowned astronomer for over 35 years.
    I purchased my telescope in August of 2013 but thanks to my outings with Steve, I have learned more in the last 8 months than
    I could have learned in 3 to 5 years.
    Steve owns two vintage 1950's Unitron telescopes along with a recently purchased Celestron Advanced VX 6 refractor,
    we enjoy many nights outside viewing & chatting about the night skies, objects, etc.
    Steve was with me on all of the Messier sightings & our conversation as we viewed them was very informative.
    Thank you for your time & consideration,
    Carl Randall
    aka Cargeena 2
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    Messier 30, Part One Report.pdf
    Messier 30, Part Two Report.pdf
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    Default Re: My First Messier Award Report by Cargeena2

    Congratulations Carl. Glad you were able to finally get your log submitted, and are well on your way to the M70 award as well. Happy viewing!
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    Way to go, Carl! More dark skies to you...

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    Default Re: My First Messier Award Report by Cargeena2

    Congratulations Carl.

    A fine achievement, and the shiny new award looks good!

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    Default Re: My First Messier Award Report by Cargeena2

    Congratulations Carl on completing the M30 Award requirements. This is the first stepping stone to the next level, the M70 Award. But I am sure that you will accomplish this also. Your report is extremely well organized and easy to follow. Thanks for your great report Carl, and best wishes on the rest of your Messier Mission.
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    Congratulations!
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