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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Sounds like a great night under the stars with friends, Patrick. Great job sharing some knowledge and helping your friend out. He will probably find his scope much more enjoyable with proper collimation.
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    Sunday night was clear here. Seizing the opportunity, I decided to do a sketching. It was early and I was still tired from Saturday. NGC 1980 was an interesting open cluster and nebulosity that the Argo listed as a target in tour mode. After centering on it, it seemed like a relatively easy target to sketch. I'm still working on my sketching, but here is my inverted attempt at it.
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    Nice sketch, Patrick! I really like NGC 1980, and you done it justice here.
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    Bryan, thank you for the kind words.
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    Friday night, the weather finally cooperated and I was able to get a wonderful night of observing in. Seeing how much the sky had changed since my last visit was amazing. Living near the water, we are currently being plagued by May Flies. I was concerned about being swarmed all night. Luckily, this was not the case. Observing is being done with my Obsession Classic 15" and my Televue 31mm and 22mm Nagler eyepieces. My friend Kevin, and his girlfriend, Naomi walked over around 10:00.
    1. M35-2030-The first object I viewed. I haven't logged it in an observation in SkySafari and decided to revisit it this evening. The sky was still fairly bright after the Sun went down. However, the chain-like formations were very visible. It was crab-like in shape. I sketched this one, since I was wanting to add to my sketch book.
    2. M65-2230-A spiral galaxy in Leo. At magnitude 9.3, it was a fairly faint galaxy. I viewed it with the 31mm, trying to draw in as much light as possible. It was too faint to pull in much detail, but was obviously a galaxy.
    3. M66-2230-A spiral galaxy in Leo. This one is magnitude 8.89. It was also fairly faint. Best viewed with my 31mm. Obviously a galaxy, not much additional detail was noted.
    4. M51/NGC 5194-Famous Whirlpool galaxy and it's neighbor. It's in Canes Venatici. This is the first galaxy where I could actually see the spiral arms. I had to do a double-take because I wasn't sure I was actually seeing the arms but they were definitely there! I looked at it with the 31 and 22 mm eyepieces. 22 was the best view.
    5. M84 and M86-2348-Markarian's Chain! I was blown away by the view of these galaxies and the nebulous objects in line with them. The 31 mm gathered the most light, and it was wild seeing the chain of objects in the eyepiece. M84 is elliptical, whereas, M86 is lenticular.
    6. M87-2354-An elliptical galaxy in Virgo. Magnitude 8.6. I viewed it with my 31mm.
    7. M94-2358-A spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. Magnitude 8.19. I viewed it with my 31mm but switched to my 22mm. I noted that it will be a good one to sketch on a later date because I could make out the spiraling arms. Very cool!
    8. M95-0000-A spiral galaxy in Leo. Mag. 9.69. It was very faint. TV 31mm is it. Not much else to report on it.

    And this completed a very refreshing and enjoyable night of observing. I left the scope set up for viewing the night of the 29th. The weather may actually be nicer and more objects will present themselves.
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Somehow, I have missed your reports, Patrick! Very enjoyable reading of some good sessions! I just don't understand, though, how you can do it with all that scuba gear on!
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    A good rendition Patrick of NGC 1981, I've never actually paid attention to it as a cluster. 1980 at the other end of the sword is a favorite of mine.
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    Good night of galaxy exploring
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    Sounds like an excellent night of observing, Patrick! Congrats on the scores!
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