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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations



    Congrats on a great night of galaxy hunting, Patrick! Great report!
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    Seizing the opportunity that our clear sky has presented, I enjoyed another night of observing on Saturday. My friends Steve and Terri drove up from Norfolk to join me for a few hours. We built a fire in the fire pit.

    1. Messier 44-2100-First object I observed this evening. As always, it was very pretty. The stars were very bright. I observed this before Steve and Terri arrived. It was my first "target" to ensure Argo Navis was cooperating after star alignment. Used TV 31mm.
    2. Messier 35-2105-Residual light made the open cluster in Gemini not as bright as it sometimes is.
    3. Messier 69-2110-Moved over to Cancer for this globular cluster. Very pretty this evening. The stars were closely grouped together. TV 31mm in use.
    4. Messier 37-2115-Open cluster in Auriga. I enjoyed the view but the sky wasn't completely dark yet.
    5. Messier 38-2120-"Starfish Cluster" in Auriga. It was very low on my horizon but I was just able to get lined up on it. Used TV 31mm.
    6. Messier 48-2120-Open cluster in Hydra. I counted about 50/80 of its stars before losing count. I was impressed with the view of it.
    7. Messier 95-2130-Spiral galaxy in Leo. Mag. 9.7. It was faint but I could see it. TV 31mm worked best.
    8. Messier 105-2140-Galaxy in Leo. Also saw NGC 3384 and 3389. They were fairly faint. I switched to the TV 22mm to good effect.
    9. Messier 81 and 82-2220-I enjoyed revisiting Bode's Nebulae/Galaxies. TV 22mm. I think Steve and Terri got a kick out of them. They had good contrast.
    10. Messier 51-Whirlpool Galaxy-2340-I was hoping I would have the contrast I had on Friday to show Steve and Terri but it wasn't as good. TV 31mm was best.
    11. Messier 84/86-Markarian's Chain-midnight-3 Nebulous galaxies observed with TV 31mm. They, too, were fainter than on Friday.
    12. Jupiter-Best view of it this evening was the Zhumell 14.5mm planetary ep. The bands were very clear and the moons were on full display. I switched from ES 18mm to ES 6.8mm before finding the 14.5mm to present the best view.

    As I continue to adjust to post-divorce life, I am very thankful to have discovered this hobby and great forum. I was talking to a friend about astronomy yesterday and he confessed to me how he liked it but felt intimidated by it. One thing I told him, was that out of the different activities I do, I've found the community super welcoming and more than willing to help one get started. Hopefully, he'll give it a shot. I'm going to invite him out soon to check out the scope.
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Another decent night out, Patrick.

    I agree. Amateur astronomy is probably the most welcoming, encouraging, and helpful community that I've participated in.
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    Thanks Bryan. Yes, I totally agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MistrBadgr View Post
    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!
    Well Bill, seeing that I live down-wind from the local paper mill, it's nice having the self-contained breathing gear on at all times.
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    Great night out, Patrick! Even if you didn't quite get the same conditions you definitely had quite a productive night with friends. I would have to agree with you and Bryan about this hobby having some very welcoming, encouraging and helpful people. Especially on this forum!
    It's also great to do something that isn't a race or a competition to see who can reach a certain number of objects first. You can very much observe what you want how you want.
    Great report, thanks for sharing!
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    Great progress on Messiers Patrick! You should take a walk in the Virgo cluster, it will fill your M70 in no time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymondhow View Post
    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.
    I said that backwards. Good rendition of 1980, and 1981 is a favorite of mine.
    Technically, 1980 refers only to the nebulosity around Iota Ori. But the field is certainly worthy of a sketch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Great progress on Messiers Patrick! You should take a walk in the Virgo cluster, it will fill your M70 in no time .
    I will set my sights on Virgo next time. Thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickdives89 View Post
    Well Bill, seeing that I live down-wind from the local paper mill, it's nice having the self-contained breathing gear on at all times.
    There are really only two things I have experienced that I think would be worse to live down wind of than a paper mill are a refinery using sour crude and a hog farm. All are necessary, but not as an up wind neighbor!
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