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    Cool Night of 3/13/2019



    It was clear yesterday so I took out the 6" frac in the afternoon - in two pieces of course, first the Twilight II and then the OTA which I affixed to the dovetail.

    I went out about ten PM. First up was the moon which looked delightful, absolutely no coloring on the limb, with myriads of craters, maria, and mountains visible. Realizing that DSO's would be a bit impacted by luna's light I still proceeded. First up was the Crab Nebula which hangs out near zeta Tauri. At 35x it was visible as a smallish hazy patch. Unlike the 18" no structure was visible. However, the view was still excellent as I have not been out with the scopes in almost 3 months.

    In the spot between Cor Caroli and the last star in the Big Dipper's handle I made out M51. Not particularly bright but still visible. I could not really resolve the "bridge" between M51 and NGC 5195 as basically all that was seen was an oblong glow.

    The Pleiades looked absolutely wonderful but no nebulosity was visible. I moved over to the Hyades and captured about half of this loose cluster in the field of view. Aldebaran was a glowering red and was resolved as a pinpoint. It actually was the first time I ever have looked at this loose collection through a scope.

    Leo was rising in the East so I switched to some galaxy hunting and nabbed M65 and M66. Neither were particularly bright but there they were. NGC 3628 was not visible and would have required dark skies I think.

    I spent the rest of the time panning around the Winter Milky Way admiring the myriads of stars. Total session time was about an hour.

    Thanks for reading my report. And I hope everyone else gets some clear nights.
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    Default Re: Night of 3/13/2019

    Nice reporting...and session, Michael! Sounds like a great "Frac" night!!

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    Very nice evening out Michael!

    Glad that you had a chance to put the big frac through the paces. Sounds like you had some pretty good views despite Luna.

    Sounds like you just wanted to get out and look around. That is very nice to do. I have not done that in awhile. The last time was sometime late last year when I got out the 130 SLT. I had a great time just looking at stuff. Some nice doubles, carbon stars, and of course, M42 was in the vicinity and looked delightful. Actually, it was a lot of fun.

    Of course, the AR152 is a much bigger scope. Pulling in the galaxies in the moonlight is impressive though. Definitely makes you appreciate your gear.

    Thanks for your fine report!

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    It sounds like a nice session Michael, glad you could get out and enjoy the views!
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    Sounds like you had a good time Michael. I also plan to capitalize on the stretch of clear weather over the weekend, albeit with bright Moon around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Nice reporting...and session, Michael! Sounds like a great "Frac" night!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juno16 View Post
    Very nice evening out Michael!

    Glad that you had a chance to put the big frac through the paces. Sounds like you had some pretty good views despite Luna.

    Sounds like you just wanted to get out and look around. That is very nice to do. I have not done that in awhile. The last time was sometime late last year when I got out the 130 SLT. I had a great time just looking at stuff. Some nice doubles, carbon stars, and of course, M42 was in the vicinity and looked delightful. Actually, it was a lot of fun.

    Of course, the AR152 is a much bigger scope. Pulling in the galaxies in the moonlight is impressive though. Definitely makes you appreciate your gear.

    Thanks for your fine report!

    Jim
    Thanks Jim. I played it casual because I knew galaxy hunting (my favorite thing to do!) was going to be limited because of the bright sky.
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    It sounds like a nice session Michael, glad you could get out and enjoy the views!
    Thanks Gabby! It indeed has been a long time between sessions other than my brief bino session a couple of weeks back.
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    Sounds like you had a good time Michael. I also plan to capitalize on the stretch of clear weather over the weekend, albeit with bright Moon around.

    Thanks Andrey! Yeah, the moon is gonna be a Bear over the weekend but at this point due to all of the bad weather beggars can't be choosers.
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    Congrats on the night out, Michael! I know you've been well over-due for one.
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