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    Default Messier 30 certificate report forum.



    Hey, I'm going to start my messier 30/70/100.
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    3/30/2019

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    First object: m51 whirl pool Galaxy
    To find m51 I centered in on the third star of the big Dipper handle. From there I panned north east at a tight angle approx 3-3 1/2 view leangths away from the star I found m51. The view is very clear and crisp giving well defined cores and the primary arn reaching to the secondary Galaxy. The secondary Galaxy is about a 1/4 the size of the primary. I stepped down to a 2x barlowed 32mm gso ep. Brought it into focus and now have detailed structure to the galaxies. The primary has two distinct arms one curving out from the left of the top and the second being defined right of the bottom. With adverted vision pinpoint tight bright white spots are visible in the cloud lanes of the arms. There are two clearly defined dust Lanes that are unmistakable. The secondary Galaxy does not show much more detail than it did at 30mm. The biggest difference is seeing the sing dust lane disappearing into the curve of the secondary as it loops toward the core.

    2nd object:
    M101. To find this I recenter on the last star of the handle. I look through my telrad and center it in between the two last stars and I come south so the telrad view is in a pattern of an upside down equal triangle. Go to the raci and make minut adjustments to center on a part of the veiw that seems a little fuzzy very small but a very feint color change. I look through the ep and to the South of center is a fuzzy grey ball. I center m101 and beging my observation. The core of m101 is not as bright as m51 and to me personally ressembles the crab nebula in the way it's more of a greyish than a white. Once centered the "fuzziness" is confirmed to be very tight and short curves of the arm clouds. Dust Lanes are only visible with adverted vision and are so thin you almost can't make them out. They are more like hairline cracks curving with the grey. From this I moved west and confirmed my third object.

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    M102 the spindle Galaxy.
    This Galaxy is the smallest of the 3 I viewed in Ursa major. As I did not stop looking through the ep I didn't not star hop to it. Due to the angle that the handle of the Dipper was sitting in the night sky a simple pan west in view brought me to it. As I panned West off 101 about 1-2 fov in the top area of view you caught the bottom portion of 102. Moved the scope a hair north and centered m102. M102 ressembles the view you see with the Leo triplets. It is a single Galaxy with a defined core and sitting at about a 40° angle in view going from left to right. It is a side on Galaxy and did not provided as much detail as the other galaxies viewed. The arms of the Galaxy come off each side and are graphite gray smuges vs the black back drop. The core rises slightly higher on the top of the Galaxy vs the bottom side. Around the white core there is a slight greyness before going into the black back drop.

    Will be back in a bit to finish the nights viewing with the Virgo cluster. ( Was actually viewed before I hopped to Ursa but I wanted to describe m51 (: )
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    Great Mike. It's been awhile since a newish member decided to go after the M30. Good luck!!! You'll have a lot of fun doing it.
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    If the clouds clear up I'll conquer it tonight í*½í¸‚. Got to virgo again and Bam 30 messier in view all at ones ROFL.
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    Hi Mike,

    Good on you -> this is really addictive. The Messier 110 was a huge pile of fun, I finished mine last year. I am new to this as well.

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    Glad to see you start this process, Mike! Good luck tonight!
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    Congratulations!!!
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    Big blanket of clouds so I will have to wait lol. Gotta make sure to check collimation too since I took the primary out today.
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    Going to link my previous veiwings of the winter messeir that I have documented on here. Viewed with ad12

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