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    Default Visual Observation of 30 Messier objects summary



    Using my new C1400 DX on the CGEM DX mount was an absolute treat, once you get it polar aligned and a 2+4 alignment it was an absolute sniper scope in the heavens and every object I had pre-selected for my evening runs was always in the lens FOV. I used an 40mm lens for a wider FOV views, and then switched to a 18mm or 24mm lens once in a while for a larger view.

    Attached is my Excel spreadsheet journaling my efforts. Looking forward to getting my APU-1 video astronomy system so I can start working in my M30 image certificate!

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    Default Re: Visual Observation of 30 Messier objects summary

    The way you did this with an excel spreadsheet is a lot cleaner than my rambling log -- I may just do that. The way I helped to verify I was on M18 was that at low 50X power I could get M17 in the same field of view with a little nudging. M25 is bigger, as I recall. I envy your ability to move all over the night sky -- trees are my enemy here. It's interesting to compare the two different finding techniques.
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    Great Koinonos! You've made your way to the M30 threshold - Congrats!
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    Default Re: Visual Observation of 30 Messier objects summary

    Thanks Spelunkered, Helicon for the nice comments.

    Doing it with a Dob and a Telrad is the harder and arguably the better way since there is no computer to assist. When I do first lights on all of my telescopes I deliberately avoid using the computer to make myself find objects manually as did the grew astronomers of yore. Call me a traditionalist, but it feels like I am honoring how it was done for hundreds of years before GoTo started doing tracking for us.

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    Congrats on your achievement!
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    Default Re: Visual Observation of 30 Messier objects summary

    Hi Koinonos. Congratulations on completing the requirements for the M30 Award. This was a nicely laid out spreadsheet. Thanks for your nice Messier report Koinonos, and best wishes on getting the M40 Photo Award soon after your new APU-1 imaging system arrives.
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    Default Re: Visual Observation of 30 Messier objects summary

    Congrats on the award.
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