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    After destroying the Death star and sleeping for 10 hours I am awake and revitalized to continue the struggle. 70 more DSO's some under the horizon some possibly beyond the limits of my scope and light polluted skies I hope to hit 80 sometime before the end of the century or Darth Vader finds me. Wish me luck the fate of billions is at stake.

    41. M21
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    43 and 44. M32 and M110
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    The difference between home and cherry springs when it comes to looking at Andromeda is night and day. Goes from smudge to oh hey a galaxy. M32 and M110 were easily identifiable from there. I have heard of a good spot about 30 minutes from home. I'm going to try that on the next good night. Hopefully its good enough so I do not have to drive 3 hours to Cherry Springs.
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    Default Re: The Aperture Strikes Back

    Nice sketching Phil. You just wait until Leo and Virgo come back around. You'll be swimming in the fuzzy stuff then.
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    Nice job Phil!

    You know, an Imperial Light Cruiser would be stable enough to setup your scope on. Might give you better views as long as you also destroyed the Death Stars porch light!
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    Default Re: The Aperture Strikes Back

    Impressive sketches, Phil - thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: The Aperture Strikes Back

    Good job Phil, really enjoyed the sketches.
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    Default Re: The Aperture Strikes Back

    Hi Phil. A nice trio of sketches from you here. I especially enjoyed your M31 and neighbors rendition. Thanks for sharing these with us Phil, and the best of wishes on finishing with the M80 Sketch Award soon.
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    The last of the Cherry Springs all nighter. That was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again soon. Fitting the first 3 sketches I did that night are the last 3 I submit. Nice clusters definitely want to go back and check them out some day.

    45. m54
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    46. m69
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    47. m70
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    The first report from Francis Walter Dam. It is about 25 Minutes from my house and it is a very nice site. Is it Cherry Springs no, but it is much better than the valley. You get a bit of light from Scranton looking east, but it is minimal. I went to my GOTO Objects M31 and M42 to judge how conditions are. Both looked great and very comparable to Cherry Springs. Jupiter looked excellent with the galilaen moons shown nicely.

    Was about 30% cloud cover and did not clear up as the weather predicted. So I only got a few sketches.

    M44 - Hard to sketch with my current EP I definitely need a wider lense EP to capture the whole thing.
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    I love the new location at Francis Walter Dam. Did notice one problem with being on top of a mountain next to a lake. ITS COLD. Bladekeeper gave me a great idea in another thread to get a insulated Coverall. I picked up a pair and I was nice and toasty other than my face. Had to thaw out my nose every now and then, but it was worth it. Nice clear skies last night. Will need to layer up more in the future when it gets into the teens.

    51. M34
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    52. M43 With averted vision and trying not to freeze the eyepiece I was able to make it out.
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    53. M52
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    54. M78 very faint
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    Good stuff Phil! Glad the coveralls worked out. I really cherish mine.
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