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    Default NO SKUNKS….NO COYOTES….JUST STARS and a couple PLANETS



    Sunday,
    September 10, 2017


    Obie 25X100 Binos
    Pentax 8X43 Binos
    My eyes.


    After a rather frustrating short session in Elgin Illinois on Saturday, tonight was a pleasure.
    I Started with Saturn and the rings, very small, then moved to Jupiter before it set....4 moons no detail on the planet



    This is the first extended observing session I have had for several weeks.
    I have little dribs and drabs but no real good times. This was a great evening.


    I used only my Obie 25X100 binos.
    I added a green laser to the binos which assisted me greatly in aiming at my targets.
    I still have not received my para mount. When it arrives this will be a fantastic bit of Kit.

    The Obies performed with great precision and clarity, I am liking these more and more and more.

    Oh yes.. I forgot..at the end ..When the moon rose I shot some snaps thru the Obies and that image is posted at the end for examples of what can be done with these sweet binos and a cell phone.

    This is not in the order observed.I wrote notes on a paper and for got what order I did this insohere goes.
    I am not sure why this type face is like this in these lines…..sorry.




    M26
    An Open Cluster in Scutum.
    18H 45.2m -09d 24’
    Mag 8, Dim 15’, 22ly Rad, 5K Ly distant.


    This cluster forms a small triangle with epsilon scutum and delta scutum a few degrees southwest of M11 and forms an much larger triangle with M11 and NGC6712.
    I observed it as very faint. Averted vision secured the ID with the other star relationships.
    With my 5 inch it would reveal a rather large cluster I believe.



    NGC6712
    Globular Cluster in Scutum
    18h53’04” -08 42’21”
    22.5 KLy distant, mag8.69
    apparently it has a high Fe/H content


    This globular cluster presented faint and seems to be brighter on the eastern side.
    I am not sure if this shifted brightness is an aberration of optics, but that is how it appeared to me.
    It lies south of M11 2 to 3 degrees. Averted vision gave some granularity, but still dull.



    M11
    Open cluster in Scutum known as Wild Duck Cluster.
    16h 51.1’ -06 16’
    mag6.3, dim 14.0’
    Est 220 million yr old.


    This cluster presented as lopsided to me.
    It was brighter and with averted vision showed some granularity.
    I have observed this in prior reports.



    Other observations previously report but repeated for pleasure this session:
    M17
    M7
    M6
    M23
    M22
    M31
    Double Clusters
    Muscle Man


    M18
    18h19.9‘ -17, 08’ ,
    4.9KLy distant. dim 9’
    mag 7.5, rad 9Ly
    An Open Cluster in Sagittarius south of M17 between M17 and the Small Sagittarius Star cloud.
    Presentation was faint but granular. This seems a small cluster.


    NGC6530
    18h 4.5’ -24 22’
    dim 10’
    This cluster may have been reported in a prior session. It is associated with the M8 Nebula.


    CR367
    dim 37’, mag 6.4
    Open Cluster in Sagittarius. It is associated very close to the east of the Lagoon Nebula, M8.
    It presented many stars.



    M28
    Globular cluster in Sagittarius just northeast of Kaus Borealis and west and south of M22.
    A dim cluster in the Obies.



    NGC6441
    Globular Cluster in Scorpius. Silver Nugget Cluster
    17h 50’13” -37 03’ 05”
    mag 7


    Located south of M7, east of gamma Scorpi.
    It is a massive cluster but not well presented in my view tonight.
    I could see its extent but it was not very bright, and there seemed to be a very much brighter star associated with it which over powered the cluster. According to the IDSA charts this near object is H1-36 but I could find no details on it in my research for this report.



    CR338
    An open Cluster in Scorpius
    mag8, size 25’
    17h 38’12” -37 33’59”
    Surface Brightness 23.6


    This was a faint object with several brighter stars observed but not much more.
    I could tell there was more to it but it did not reveal for me.



    I think this covers all I observed tonight.
    I apologize for the dry report here, but I am tired and wanted to get this posted or it would be days and I would lose the momentum....so I just blasted it out here tonight.



    I had a good time. NO SKUNKS! NO COYOTES!
    The weather was perfect and the seeing for most of the time was above average.
    When the moon rose...the seeing set.



    Thanks for slogging through this.
    Clears to all and I hope everyone in Florida is safe.





    ES 80 Apo

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    Default Re: NO SKUNKS….NO COYOTES….JUST STARS and a couple PLANETS

    Mark.

    Great report, thanks for sharing.

    I am going to have to get a pair of these Bino's

    Continued clear skies.
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    Thanks Mark for your report.

    Good to see that you're observing objects other than the Messier's - Interstellarum is a wonderful Atlas!
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    Default Re: NO SKUNKS….NO COYOTES….JUST STARS and a couple PLANETS

    Very nicely done Mark. Glad to see you working the big binos, which can show you quite a lot as you found out.

    Couple of comments:

    NGC 6712 may indeed seem to have a little uptick in brightness, but most notice it to the western side rather than eastern. However, there is a sprinkling of foreground stars along the eastern half that may have contributed to what you saw. When I observed it with my 10 inch it was relatively homogenous, which may be more indicative of the increased light gathering having evened out some of the differential. Since it is a class 11 glob, it doesn't really display any central concentration of significance either.

    NGC 6441 is one of my favorite globs because I have an affinity for DSOs that lie next to brighter stars - in this case G Scorpii. It was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826 and is a Class 3 on the Shapley-Sawyer Scale. I have observed it with instruments ranging from 10x50s up to my 12 inch. At any aperture it is a fine object and offers an attractive contrast to the nearby 3.2 star.

    Well done!
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    Nice report, Mark! Some good objects observed there. M11 never seems to disappoint even with smaller aperture. 25x100 bins must be quite something for the big open clusters and objects. I'm looking forward to hearing more reports using these.
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    Well that sounds like a perfectly lovely evening! What mount do you use for the binos?
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    Nice night Mark, thanks for sharing!

    Wish I could say the same for the skunks part!
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    Great report. Thank you for sharing!
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    Default Re: NO SKUNKS….NO COYOTES….JUST STARS and a couple PLANETS

    Great reporting, Mark! You definitely had a better evening than I did!

    I really need to get a pair of these binoculars!
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    Excellent report Mark! I'm glad the Oberwerks are working out for you, and it's great to see that you've got the IDSA, too.
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