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    Default Great night tonight.



    Got a great night in tonight. Finally after over a week of rain, hail and wind, clear dark skies! No Moon!
    Made the most of my little window ( new front due in the early hours before dawn )
    Continuing on my sketching, first off the rank was M 80. Put the red dot on to Antares and tracked maybe 4 or 5 degrees Northwest. Visually a little dull, more like a fuzzy ball but focused enough to sketch some detail.
    Shifting back to Sagittarius, located Kaus Borealis - top of the tea pot and only 1 or 2 deg Northwest located M 28. Tightly packed cluster, bit brighter than M 80 but still bordering on dull. Managed to pull a bit more detail out.
    Continuing on a Northwest track for about 12 - 14 degrees located M 23, Bright open cluster that focused in nicely with the 20 mm Plossl for a relaxing wide field sketch.
    Next on the agenda was locating M 18, from M 23 tracked back in a Easterly direction about 8* took a while to locate a fairly small and dull Glob cluster with 3 distinct stars in a row near the centre.
    Final sketch for the night was M 25 which I happened to stumble across just East / Southeast from M 18. One of the brighter objects for the night, got a decent focus, nice open cluster. Has a distinctive v shape of stars.
    Finished the night trying out new Seben 8 - 24 zoom on Mars and Saturn and both focused in bright, sharp and clear.Saturn! never disappoints!
    All in all a very relaxing 5 hours, will post new sketches tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Great night tonight.

    A great report, good to hear you managed a nice session for a change.
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    Nice session, Falcon! Awesome!
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    Great report Falcon! great opportunities. Yup planets always a smile maker
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    Default Re: Great night tonight.

    Thanks, sketching is very relaxing but it sure wears out the peepers. 1.30am time to do a bit of horizontal recovery.
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    Thanks for sharing your report, sounds like you had a great session!
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