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    Default Bino session mix and match



    Since we had been plagued by bad weather, including record-setting rains in the DC area, for about a week, I was feeling starved for stargazing, so I took the first opportunity to take the binoculars out again. I used the tripod with video head again, and learned more about the limitations of this setup. 46P/Wirtanen was supposed to be on the menu, but it’s so close to Zenith now, that it was actually impossible to squeeze my head under the eye pieces against the tripod to get a look. If I get out tomorrow I’ll take the p-mount. But it sure is nice to just grab and go, set down, move the setup as I please, and not worry about any setup and take down with these spontaneous sessions… Transparency was good, seeing rather poor, and an annoying wind introduced a lot of vibrations. Some low clouds were intermittently moving around very fast, but for the most part we stood out of each other’s way.

    Targets:

    Having given up on the comet, I did manage an almost sideways glance at the Pleiades, also uncomfortably close to Zenith, so couldn’t describe much of an observation. Lower down, the HyadesC41/Mel25 were actually a beautiful sight, even though I could only fit parts of it into the field. The best views were straight West of Aldebaran.

    My wife joined me for a bit and I showed her M 35, open cluster in Gemini – nice grouping of stars, but less impressive than other targets – and M 42, the Orion Nebula, which looked beautiful. I am liking the views through these binoculars more with each session. The nebula was showing shape and structure, and at least 3 of the Trapezium stars could definitely be split, with A and B seemingly holding together. She ended with some views of the Moon. The most recent purchase is approved, I am glad and relieved to report.

    I went back to the Moon a couple of times, which kind of ruined my dark adaptation. The terminator was right on Sinus Iridium, and good views could be had of Tycho, Clavius, and friends at the Southern pole, as well as Goldschmidt, Barrow, Philolaus at the Northern polar region. Farther in, Plato and Copernicus stood out. Some of these are new to me, but I do a poor job of keeping track of moon features I observe. The views were very contrasty and clear.

    In a moment of partially recovered dark adaptation, I swung over to Cassiopeia, to hunt for goodies. I started at Caph and moved ENE, to find NGC 129, open cluster in Cassiopeia, new. Located just North of HR113, a magnitude 5.9 star, the brightest members form a split triangle or trapezium of sorts.
    Moving over to Shedar, I found, forming a roughly equilateral triangle with it and Achird, the grouping of stars in the center of the Pacman Nebula. I could not see the actual nebula. I was surprised to see that this apparent cluster doesn’t actually have a designation, it’s only described along with the nebula. Does anyone know otherwise?

    Not far from there, I did the Beta – to – Mu – to – Nu jump, and went to have a look at M 31, the Andromeda Galaxy. Interestingly, I think this was the best view of it in these light-polluted skies. The core nebulosity was elongated and more extended than I remember it, and this is with a moon almost full! M 32 popped up without effort. I scanned for M 110 again, my white whale of late, without a definitive result, although for the first time I had high suspicions for a quasy-stellar structure that could be it, but I can’t be sure it wasn’t a very faint star playing tricks on me.

    Wondering what else to look at, I noticed Dubhe had come up some, and the sky was clear towards the North, so I figured I’d try and scan NNW of it for Bode’s Nebulae. I went past 38 and ET UMa, then hit d UMa and HR 3838 below it, and pulled back. To my surprise, M 81, spiral galaxy in Ursa Major, showed up relatively easily, as an ovoidal nebulosity, flanked by a mag 8.7 star. Nice.


    Having had them out 3 times now, I’m starting to slowly but surely fall in love with these binos.
    Thanks for following along with my ramble across the skies. Hope yours are clear and your nights are peaceful.
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    Default Re: Bino session mix and match

    This is another wonderful report Doc !
    Yes you are falling in love...yes !

    The P Mount will definitely sort your observation at zenith quite well. I have also developed a fairly nice free hand technique with a gizmo I fabricated much like competitive shooters do when the customize the grips on a competition pistol. It is best used while I am leaning against something or on my back in my recliner. There is a degree of freedom that is quite nice I am finding. So these 25X100's can be used several ways to suit conditions etc.
    It is very nice that your wife was able to join you and share the pleasures and joy. You are blessed!

    I am really excited that you are enjoying these so much and I am sure this will increase.

    The best view I have ever had of M45 was probably the first time I used my 25X100 with filters. The sky was exceptional as well so I am sure that had something to do with it.

    I am enjoying your posts Doc.
    Thank you my friend!
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    Default Re: Bino session mix and match

    Very nice report of an excellent outing, Codrin!

    I believe the open cluster associated with NGC 281 (Pacman Nebula) is IC 1590. I think.

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Cloudy here, so I welcomed a good report to read.
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    Great report, I enjoyed reading about your successful ramble. I thought I might get another shot at elusive Mercury this morning but the rain had other ideas. Ramble on!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Qzz_9D9Ig
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    Default Re: Bino session mix and match

    Thank you everyone. Bryan, you are right (of course): IC 1590, A Young Cluster Embedded in the Nebulosity of NGC 281
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    Thanks for the report Codrin. A nice haul of objects and hopefully you will have better luck with the comet. In the binos, it is fairly spread out hence the relatively low surface brightness. I thought it would appear a bit brighter than it did. Having the moon out didn't really help things much.
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    Great report rocdoc, thank you.
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    Another successful bino session Rocdoc, well done! It is great to have a supportive wife. Mine grumbles about the scopes in the living room sometimes, but always enjoy seeing something cool in the sky.
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    Default Re: Bino session mix and match

    Thanks for your great report of this bino session. It works contagious for several of us. I happen to agree with Don Quixote in post #2, the first two lines. Bino's are great, big ones as well as small ones. I love them too.
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