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    Cool Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06



    Last eve it appeared observing conditions would be favorable, so I hauled out the grab-no-go AR152 for a session.

    By 6:55 it was dark.

    Location: west-facing deck, Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, CA

    M31 - The galaxy appeared as a bright halo, taking up roughly half of the 1.5 degree field of view. Both M32 and M110 noted, with 110 being an averted vision object - just can't get enough of Andromeda.

    NGC 404 - Mirach's Ghost - an elliptical apparition just a stone's throw away from the bright star Mirach

    M56 - globular cluster in Lyra, pretty loose fuzzy with some sparklers resolved at the edges at 110x, rich starfield

    M33 - galaxy Triangulum - at 35x the core was visible with an extended halo, though I could make out the upper spiral arm

    Double Cluster - Perseus - fantastic view at 35x with festoons of red, yellow, orange, gold and some blue stars

    At this point I headed in to eat dinner with plans to head out again this morning.

    Got up at 5:30, made some coffee, poured it into a mug and headed out again.

    The winter constellations were visible in all of their glory. Leo and Ursa Major were rising.

    M81/M82 Bode's Nebula - both galaxies appeared as bright swaths of light, with M82 showing it's tortuous dark lane, no sign of NGC 3077

    Pleiades - fantastic view of this group with about 50 stars visible scattered across the FOV, the bright stars appeared like candles burning in the darkness. I looked for, but did not see the Alycone and Merope nebulosities, just a tad too much light pollution.

    M35 in Gemini's feet. Beautiful view of this cluster, which appeared somewhat circular with at least 100 stars present. I must say the 6" refractor shows open clusters very well.

    M1 in Taurus - found zeta Tauri naked eye and pointed the scope in that direction. The star was in the field of view and just off to the side the mysterious Crab was well-seen and pretty bright at 35x, pumping it up to 110x I had an even better view, but no signs of structure.

    M36, M37, and M38 - open clusters in Auriga. Just beautiful gatherings of stars, hard to decide which is my favorite one.

    IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga. A cluster with knots of visible nebulosity, even better with averted vision.

    M42 - Orion Nebula, no luck behind an oak tree directly to the west...

    Uh-oh starting to get light by 6 am, thanks to standard time.

    I came back inside and ate some cinnamon bread, finished off my ballot (don't forget to vote today!) and consulted my notes.

    Here's a view of the scope this morning - I'm leaving it outside today as the weather is good and tonight may be an even better session. We'll see!

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    Default Re: Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06

    That was a really nice report Michael, I was going along on your tour in my mind. Great targets! That 152 is a nice looking scope; I'm gathering the tree to the right is the oak you speak of?

    Hopefully you can get out tonight

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    Default Re: Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06

    Hello Michael,

    a very nice choice of the DSOs, and a pretty successful observing session of yours!
    It looks like the AR152 is working fine.
    Clear skies,

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    A great session Michael, I hope the skies hold for you to do some more observing tonight
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    Default Re: Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFatKitty View Post
    That was a really nice report Michael, I was going along on your tour in my mind. Great targets! That 152 is a nice looking scope; I'm gathering the tree to the right is the oak you speak of?

    Hopefully you can get out tonight

    All the best,
    Actually the oak is just to the left of the pic, you can see the end of one of the branches. The one to the right is a bay tree.
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    Good show Michael, and a fine image of your glass!
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    Default Re: Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06

    A very nice evening and early morning, Michael.

    Just reading Leo and Ursa Major in your report made my heartbeat quicken some.
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    Default Re: Night of 10/05 - Morning of 10/06

    Thanks for your report of a good session in two parts!
    A nice choice of beautiful bright objects. Fine instrument you have there!
    Good luck for tonight!
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    Thanks for your report of a good session in two parts!
    A nice choice of beautiful bright objects. Fine instrument you have there!
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    Great session mate, and nice picture of the scope in the early morning light!
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