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    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Markan,

    my last night Messier galaxies hunting:

    M81, M82, M106, M94, M51, M64, M60: with 15x85
    M108, M97, M101, M63, M85(averted vision), M65: with 25x100

    not very many, actually, on that night with high humidity in the air.

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    You did much better than I did. I got M81 & M82. Some of these galaxies are going to be a challenge for my 90mm refractor in an orange zone. I tried for M102, M108 & M101 but I can’t say I saw them. I hope to try again tonight.
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    One way to find "invisible" targets, if one is stubborn enough, is to map star asterisms that lead you there and then try and try again until you start recognizing the general area where the invisible object is. At that point you'll be able to quickly go back to that area night after night, and use averted vision in that area, until on one of those nights you'll finally catch a glimpse of it. It may not be much reward for such an investment of time, but if you're stubborn (like me, for instance), that's what you gotta do. That's the way I managed to catch faint galaxies and quasars down to magnitude 14.7 in my 10" reflector. They should have been invisible, and yet I spotted them. The two dimmest ones were BL Lacertae and Polarissima Borealis.

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    I've seen M101 before with my reflector so I know it's location well enough. Tonight I'm going to try it with binoculars. Maybe a larger FOV will make a difference. Also, I bought myself an observing vest which I want to try out tonight. I'll try it with M102 & M108.
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    My SkyTool ranking for a 90mm refractor

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    I have yet to see M102 and M108. The "observing vest," does it have a lot of pockets for eyepieces?

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    Your avatar is M33, is it not? Have you ever spotted the emission nebula NGC 604 inside it? It's challenging but doable even in a 6" aperture from a reasonably dark area (limiting magnitude around 5). Again, it takes a little planning and perseverance. It's a little easier to detect though than the similar but broader emission nebula in the Andromeda galaxy. Those would be two interesting (and challenging) targets for late Spring.

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    The vest has about 8 pockets. I'm glad I got it. It works well.

    M101. I tried for it last night again but without success. Kind of poor seeing conditions with variable clouds starting to move in. I've never seen any nebula. Do you need a filter for nebula? I had an Orion SkyGlow filter but I only used it once then sold it.
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    M101 is going to be a challenge unless you can get to a darker site. I viewed it the other night with my C6 and while I could determine where the galaxy was that was about all I saw - given the fact that it is a large object and face-on to us it's overall appearance in a 32mm eyepiece (47X) was a slight brightening on the background sky. Looking at the light pollution overlay in Google Earth it looks like you'll need to get at least 50-60km away from downtown Ottawa in order to have a decent chance of seeing it.
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    I drive about 45 minutes to an orange zone to view. I've seen M101 with my 200mm reflector, but I'm having doubts I'll see it with my refractor. I tried for M51 and M94 but no luck with either of those.
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    The Orion Nebula M42 is of course easy to see, in detail, even from LP areas. Another easy one to see - but a bit harder to find - is M27 the Dumbell nebula. An easier one to find but harder to see is M57, the Ring nebula. 120x and above show it well. The Lagoon nebula M8 is also easy to catch. The last three are coming up later this Spring and Summer.

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