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    Default Just my chair and my Binos!!!



    Hello everyone

    Just came from outside my apartment. I was there for a while (about 1 hour) and had a little of fun trying to spot things in the sky before the moon came. This time I did a very relax just bringing my binos and my chair and of course my Stellarium mobile app in caseI got lost

    I sat in the middle of my apartment complex; lot of lights on so I did not have dark adaptation at all. But anyway I decided to try what things I could see with my poor preparation.

    First than all, Venus and Jupiter. Venus just a very bright dot in my binos and Jupiter like a white small circle with the cool dots in line. I guess this time I only saw 2. Oh, I want to see M44, it's been a long time, I though. Easy target; just some surfing around and there it was. Sooo beautiful manger

    Then the big deeper....very high in the sky so a good try for M81 and M82. Went to Dubhe and then down, down, down....nothing. Lets try again with some star hopping: Dubhe, this triangle, this group....I saw something very faint: it was M81. M82 was there but just a hint of a dim spot.

    Arcturus was at the zenith and I could trace almost the whole constellation (Herdsman sitting down). Time for watching M3. From Arcturus I surfed to the Northwest and Voila....easy Glob. Why not try M5 since I am close? I tried to surf the area but it wasn't succesfull. I needed to do some starhopping. From the star alpha Serpents that I could easily see with the naked eye I went to my right hand and there it was. It seemed like the twin of M3.

    Now Hercules. Let's do an easy surfing on the keystone. I pointed the Binos to the M13 spot and... Hole-in-one Since it couldn't be easier why not try M92. I used M13 to do some starhopping until M92. A cool Glob also!!!

    At the south I saw Saturn and Antares was just rising over the apartment building. M4 is an easy target there I though... and it was. Antares and M4 fits easy in the same FOV, but this time M4 seemed much dimmer than I have seen it. I realize the moon was behing this building and the sky there was much brighther than usually is. Well, I got to try M80 since I am close. Spot the "Mickey Mouse" (p Oph) and just a little up it was. Seemed more like a blurry star this time.

    Since The Crow (Corvus) was begging for my atention with that nice shape I gave a look close to it. Sombrero galaxy, some degrees above Algorab. It helps a lot the two "triplet star group" that is at the south west and west to the galaxy.

    Finally I went back to Lyra because Vega was also requiring my attention. Sheliak and Sulafat at the same time in my binos and I wanted to give a try to Ring Nebula. I only could see two stars to Sulafat but I knew my dark adaptation was very bad since I was also using my tablet without night mode Well, I cover my eyes for only 5 minutes and then stick them to the binoculars and got to see dimmer stars. Just below Sheliak I saw a triangle of about 8.60 apparent magnitude stars and just to the right another star of similar magnitude. According my tablet it should be M57 so I think I hit the target

    As I was being lucky with my bad preparation I also tried M56, just half way between Lyra and Cygnus. Maybe I had to much confidence that I will see it, but I fail. I tried at least three times and did a good star hopping job and also try to cover my eyes once again but I could not see nothing. Maybe that could be my next challenge

    Then the moon came so my last view was Albireo. What a wonderfull star is that

    10:30pm...OK enough for today...if tomorrow is clear I want to go to my dark spot and do at least one sketch. Maybe M57 ehh?

    Now, I'm going to sleep with the fun report and the quick view still in my mind of these DSOs.
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    Default Re: Just my chair and my Binos!!!

    A very nice bino tour, Luis! Excellent work!

    If I can't get the scope out tonight, I will at least follow your lead and get out with the binos. I'll make sure my inflatable pool lounge is full of air, and I'll flop that down in the yard and have my own tour. A very relaxing and fun way to spend an evening. Beats the heck out of television.

    Thanks for the report Luis!
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    Default Re: Just my chair and my Binos!!!

    Hi Louis

    Great to hear you also got out tonight.

    good write up with your bino tour.

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    Default Re: Just my chair and my Binos!!!

    Great well written report! Thanks for sharing the experience.
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