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    Friday night was a great night to finally be able to get the Obsession out for some clear night sky observing. I selected the following targets in Skytools: M3, M4, M5, M10, M12, and Jupiter. I collimated the scope with my new laser but I was a little unsure about the proper use of the Howie Glatter TuBlug (thanks for the excellent advice in my other thread Philip). I gave it my best shot and I was very pleased with how clear Jupiter's bands looked.


    2100 ES 6.8MM 254X Jupiter-My first target for the night. Wow! Was it clear! The bands were very vivid. It looked like the GRS was visibile but after consulting onine resources, it appears that I saw something else, as the GRS was not in view at the time. Jupiter and its moons were perhaps the best I've seen them. I called my dad and he ran down to see it.
    2120 TV 22MM 79X Great Hercules Cluster-M13 was super bright! The halo in the middle almost appeared to have a blue tint. Even my dad, who doesn't seem too interested in telescope viewing, expressed being impressed with M13.
    2200 M4, M5, M10, M12 All of these were too far below the tree line to be observed.
    2230 TV 22MM 79X M81 and M82 Bode's galaxies were their normal magestic selves. These are two of my favorites.
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    A nice hour and a half under the sky, Patrick!

    Hoping to get out and stir up a little trouble this evening provided the wind dies down the giant white puffballs go away.
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    Congrats on a great night out with the Obsession, Patrick!
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    Observation report 6-2-17
    My friend Tommy joined me for tonight's viewing. Prior to his arrival, I spent time adjusting the position of my Obsession's secondary mirror under the focuser. It took me a few minutes but I was able to align the mirror so that the laser hit the center dot by moving a lower nut. I re-collimated and was good to go. The Moon was very bright in the sky this evening.
    2100 Moon-We spent a few minutes viewing the craters and Mare seas. Perhaps one day, I'll take the time to focus more on the geography of our nearest neighbor...
    2115 Jupiter-The contrast was much less than last Friday due to it being closer to Ole Hateful. Banding was still visible but not nearly as clear. 4 of the Galilean moons were very visible.
    2130 M58-Galaxy in Virgo. SkyTools3 listed it as a very challenging object. It was this evening. It was just visible in the brightly lit sky.
    2200 M59-Galaxy in Virgo. SkyTools3 listed it as a very challenging object. It was a bit more visible in the brightly lit sky than M58.
    2230 M60-Galaxy in Virgo. SkyTools3 listed it as a very challenging object. Not the best viewing this evening. You could make out it was a galaxy but not much else.

    Tommy and I were both tired and we called it a night after looking at M13. It was the most impressive target for the night. It was his first time viewing the cluster and he was impressed.
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    Nice grabs, Patrick!

    Yeah, Sky Tools does factor in the Moon when making those recommendations, hence your "very challenging" rating. Othwerwise, when the Moon is not in play, and provided you have your scope parameters plugged in to the software, these should rate a "go get 'em, muchacho!" rating.

    Thank for the report!
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    Nicely done Patrick. Yep the moon is a real galaxy killer! Hence the angst it causes some of us.
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    Nice catches despite challenging conditions. Well done!
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    Very nice catching some galaxies with the moon blasting away. Great job Patrick!
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    Hi Patrick. I haven't been that active lately, so I missed your earlier posts. However, I had fun reading through your older posts, and it looks like you and Tommy really nailed things the other night with the Obsession 15. Thanks for a great report Patrick, and keep up the excellent work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    Hi Patrick. I haven't been that active lately, so I missed your earlier posts. However, I had fun reading through your older posts, and it looks like you and Tommy really nailed things the other night with the Obsession 15. Thanks for a great report Patrick, and keep up the excellent work.
    Thanks for the kind words Marshall. Also, welcome back! I, too, sometimes get caught up in life and don't visit here as much as I like to. It's always nice to come back to such a welcoming forum.
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