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    Default Pretty good night!



    No clouds tonight and no Moon. Not the best transparency, at least not down by the Cedar Swamp, but I went down anyway. It really simply does not get dark enough for anything but planets till 11:00, and views of Saturn and Jupiter were meh. But I was patient.

    Not a lot of new things to report, but some notable ones for me. I found M81 and M82. Wow, they were beautiful! I did not expect them to be so bright and show so much detail.

    And I finally found the elusive M51. I've tried without success to view this many other times. The Delos 17.3 was particularly good with this.

    I was pleased also to get a good view of M4. I tried for that last weekend at my club's star party, but the Moon washed it out. M13 was excellent, up there high away from the swamp air. Again, the Delos was a standout. I preferred the Panoptic 22 for M8 and M31.

    Coyotes were yipping and howling down in that swamp. Not too close, but I kept Lily in the van. I was hoping for the Northern Lights, but no luck. Maybe tomorrow.

    This is kind of an odd hobby. By myself down near the mysterious swamp, seeing the Milky Way arching overhead. Alone with my dog and my astro stuff. Pretty cool, a little lonely, very fulfilling.
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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Very, very nice Mary. I see you are well versed in the contemplative side of our hobby. Despite having spent decades looking at the sky and observing all manner of bright and painfully dim objects, one of the most pleasurable aspects for me is to simply sit beneath the summer Milky Way, watching it arc across the sky from horizon to horizon. It makes one feel so lucky to be alive with cognitive thought, with the ability to enjoy its beauty. It imparts a feeling of peace and serenity, belying the natural violence of the greater universe as it carries on without a thought for us.
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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    It sounds like a pleasant session with some very nice views. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Very nice report over morning coffee, Mary.

    A swamp below, and a river above. That invokes a nice relaxing mental image.

    Congrats on getting in the sky time, and on seeing what you've seen. Good stuff.
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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Excellent report Michigan you can occasionally see the northern lights and those are nice. Never see them here in Florida but at least I did get the AT 130 out last night for a short time. Coyotes and rivers oh my lol you need a big Astro cat to handle that Coyote problem. A Sabre Tooth Astro Cat is good for chasing those Coyotes away. It is good when you can see those nice dim galaxies too love them...


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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Sounds like the perfect scenario for a great night under the stars!! Some super targets...really enjoyed your report

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    Wonderful report, Mary. Thank you for sharing the affection and the meaning in the detail. It is not a dry and Dusty thing we do. And in the light of the Stars we are never alone, as the light that strikes our eyes is at the same time touching all the eyes that are looking. Thank you Mary.
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    I seem to have lost a long post thanking everyone. Not going to retype it. Just... THANKS!
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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Nice session and excellent report, Mary. Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Pretty good night!

    Sounds like a great night out Mary, and I'm glad that you were able to find the elusive M51. It appears rather faint until you get used to it. M4 is one of my favorite of the looser globulars up there in the night sky. And indeed, there is something inherently peaceful in just contemplating the grandiosity of the Milky Way on a summer evening.
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