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    I am so glad that I started to do the Messier program. I learned tons about the sky, and especially constellations and which objects were in which constellation. I also learned that the summer sky is full of beautiful Globular and Open Star Clusters! We really do live in an amazing galaxy, and it is awesome how many things are out there.

    Tonight I was able to view M2, M4, M6, M7 (I forgot to do M9 ) M26, M80, M107, M92, M71, M75, M69 and M56.

    Can I say that Messier 92 almost floored me? It was straight up in the sky and I looked for the first time and BOOM! WOW! How amazing is that. An easily to see core with brightness extending all the way to the outer edges! It was great! It really compliments M13. I'm surprised I haven't seen M92 before since Globular Star Cluster's are my favorite objects out there. M80 was also very great looking in Scorpio and I was surprised how well I could see it with the latitude and light pollution. M6 was amazing! See my description in the Excel File .

    Some bummers: Sagittarius is nearly impossible for me to view, unless doing so through a pine tree. After I nabbed all the above I spent an hour trying to get M54, M55, and M70. I got lucky with M69. I moved my telescope to a better location and tons of clouds came out of nowhere after I realigned and spent so much time trying for them. These objects are very hard because they are so low on the horizon, there is a house and trees in the way, and also tons of light pollution. They don't stay up long either. I think tomorrow I may try and go for these specifically, as well as M9.

    Above all though, I have learned tons about the night sky just from doing this. I am excited to keep going. It is fun to have something to work for, and even funner viewing what is out there! I love it. I had a blast cruising through the cosmos and checking out the various Globular Star Clusters and Open Star Clusters. The various Nebulae were incredible as well. The Lagoon Nebula is always fascinating. The Dumbell and Ring Nebulae were amazing as well. To close a thanks to all of you for helping me learn over the past few years about telescopes and the sky. I wouldn't be able to do it without a computerized mount, but I am learning the night sky slowly, but surely. It is late and I am tired. I'll stop typing this now! Messier object progress thus far: 38/110 objects.

    Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

    P.S. If you decide to view the Excel spreadsheet, make sure to double click some of the longer descriptions to read the entire thing. They aren't cut off, but some are more then one line.

    Messier Object Observation List.xls

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    Default Re: Learning the Sky

    Congratulations on a good outing, I like Sagittarius a lot. Good luck seeing those objects, I'd definitely recommend moving the scope

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    Quote Originally Posted by andro-mike-eda View Post
    Congratulations on a good outing, I like Sagittarius a lot. Good luck seeing those objects, I'd definitely recommend moving the scope
    Yep that is what I did and still didn't catch em. Hopefully tonight I can grab them! What is going to kill me is galaxies. They are so hard for me to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andro-mike-eda View Post
    Congratulations on a good outing, I like Sagittarius a lot. Good luck seeing those objects, I'd definitely recommend moving the scope
    Yeah, you have to go somewhere so you can see the Sagittarius wonders short of cutting down those trees. You can pad your Messier count in Sagittarius alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skfboiler View Post
    Yeah, you have to go somewhere so you can see the Sagittarius wonders short of cutting down those trees. You can pad your Messier count in Sagittarius alone.
    Haha that is for sure! So rich in the core. So rich.

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    Thanks for your report, sounds like a great session!
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    Thanks for the report. Sounds like a very interesting night. I've got the same situation, a redwood tree blocking out part of Sagittarius so I have to move my scope around the backyard several times in order to catch it all. But it's full of great objects - you should able to get to your Messier award in no time by hanging out in Sagittarius.
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    Nice report on a very productive night you had!
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    "Can I say that Messier 92 almost floored me? It was straight up in the sky and I looked for the first time and BOOM! WOW!"

    I had the same experience this week past. I was done looking at what I set out to see for the evening and was just taking a sweep around the sky. Came upon M92(not knowing at the time what it was) and was absolutely astounded by its beauty. My dog probably thought I was nuts..."what is that, what is that?!?!?!?". It was very thrilling.
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    Congrats and thanks for the report.
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