Auriga M36 and M38
Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:18 AM
Excellent! These clusters are always worth a look. Very nice sketching.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:06 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:47 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:00 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:02 PM
Your illustrated sky background is why I asked - it reminds me of how my white zone skies look at low and moderate powers (up to perhaps 100x). How high power do you use when observing more compact targets like globulars, planetary nebulae, and galaxies? I find that if I push my powers to the 125x - 150x range I can get a really dark background sky even when pointing my scope into my southern skies, which are so washed out that they literally glow a grey-white.
(Edit) - Just caught your gallery link and checked. I see you use higher powers on these objects quite often.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:08 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:00 PM
Many thanks for this elaboration. I used to stick to lower powers with all of my scopes on deep sky targets other than planetary nebulae. Since observing from a city environment, though, I've been bold in using higher powers. I've been impressed with the results and wish I did this sooner in my years of observing!