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    Default Patrick's M70 Certificate observations



    After achieving my first 30 Messier observations, I'm looking forward to continuing on my journey. It's amazing how far along I've come in my observing and star hopping skills. Only a short time ago, I could barely find an object and when I did find it, I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking at. While, I still have plenty to learn and will be learning for a long time. I think I've progressed pretty well.

    Here are some goals for the next leg of my journey.
    1. I'm switching to a black sketch book/white pencil for working on better quality sketches. My 8th grade art teacher once told me I was the worst art student she ever had, so I'm going to prove her wrong (I hope so anyway LOL)
    2. During my nightly observations, I want to slow down, a bit, and provide a bit more detail. I really like this format:
    Messier Object:
    Date: day/month/2017
    Location (Town/City, Province/State, Country) (can be approximate):
    Viewing Conditions:
    Light Zone/Bortle Zone:
    Telescope Name:
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    With a bit of luck, the sky will be clear tonight and the Obsession will be collecting star light.
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Best of luck, Patrick. That Obsession will be knocking 'em out in no time.

    I like your format.

    Clear, Dark Skies
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Good luck, Patrick! I am looking forward to following along as you progress on the next leg of your Messier journey. As Leo, Virgo, and Coma Berenices get higher at a more presentable time, you'll be raking them in hand over fist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Good luck, Patrick! I am looking forward to following along as you progress on the next leg of your Messier journey. As Leo, Virgo, and Coma Berenices get higher at a more presentable time, you'll be raking them in hand over fist.
    Thanks Bryan! I also appreciate the heads up about Leo, Virgo and Coma Berenices.
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    After not having any luck getting the Argo Navis unit to work right, I finally gave in and contacted their customer service in Australia via email. I received a reply back within 24 hours, with some very easy to follow step-by-step instructions. As it turns out, the azimuth direction was reversed in the settings. Changing a plus sign to minus was all it took to correct the problem. I did my star alignment and selected Messier Tour Mode. Holy Cow! As I followed the numbers to zero, Messier object after Messier object popped into view. Finding stuff became so easy it almost felt like I was cheating or something.

    Messier Tour-During the tour, I revisited many of the previous Messier Objects I previously star hopped to.

    New objects for tonight;
    Messier Object: M 67
    Date: 02/17/2017
    Location Gloucester, VA (Home):
    Viewing Conditions: Clear, light wind.
    Light Zone/Bortle Zone: Dark except to the west from my neighbor's sodium light
    Telescope Name: Obsession
    Telescope Model: Classic 15
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    Comment: I started with 56X and worked up to 96X. There was a very bright (yellow) star to the east of the cluster. Many stars were visible in the open cluster. No sketching tonight as I got used to the AN.
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Awesome! Glad to see you got the Argo Navis sorted out, Patrick! And congrats on bagging M67!

    The sky is the limit for you now.
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    Congratulations on deciding to continue the Messier search!

    Clear skies!
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    Default Re: Patrick's M70 Certificate observations

    Hey great report, thanks for sharing!

    I have added it to the M67 observing report page for you. Please do this for any future objects,
    thanks again
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    Sounds like a great night out Patrick and certainly happy for you that you could get the Obsession out there.
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    Last night my friends Steve and Terri came out to the house for another observing opportunity. The weather was about perfect and we had clear, dark, skies. They thought my backyard was as dark, if not darker, than the certified dark sky site we went to at the state park. Both showed up with red light headlamps. I think they are hooked in the hobby. I built a fire in the fire pit so that we could warm up when needed. This added a fun and primitive feel to the evening.

    As Terri made dinner, Steve and I stole a look at Venus and Mars. Venus was crescent shaped and Mars didn't want to play along, only offering us a view of a red blob.

    After dinner, we began with Argo Navis in tour mode. We started with some previous objects we'd observed (M34, M35). The first new object we observed was M50. It was fun reading about the history of these objects in Sky Safari. We observed M46. The planetary nebula, NGC 2438, was very cool to observe with M46. Next we observed M47, M41, M43, M50, M79, and M103.

    We wrapped up our viewing session around 2330. It was a great evening. I'm leaving the scope up to do a short sketching session this evening.
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