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#1 Michael & Louise

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:35 PM

I just posted an observing report for 09/05 and 09/11 on the deep sky observing forum and I'll post some sketches I made those nights right here.

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#2 Michael & Louise

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:37 PM

First up is M27 which was viewed with our 6" F/5 Dobsonian at 23X and 75X. This sketch is at 75X where the nebula looked somewhat like an "S" inside a round fuzzy patch of light. This is one of my favorite DSO's!

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:39 PM

Next up is a trio of open clusters with M11 to start them off. M11 was observed at 125X through the 6". It's a beautiful sight with countless stars grouped together in clumps with darker areas in between, especially in the center of the cluster. There is one very conspicuous star off to one end of M11 while there is also a glow of unresolved stars.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:41 PM

Basel 1 is not that spectacular in the 6" obviously but its proximity to M11 made it a tempting target nonetheless. The field is surprisingly poor considering the surrounding areas. This sketch too was made with the 6".

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:43 PM

In Vulpecula I observed the Coathanger Cluster (if it is a cluster) or CR399 and it does look like what it is named for! This is quite a pretty grouping of bright stars with 4 Vul, 5 Vul and 7 Vul as prominent members. CR399 was viewed at 23X through the 6".

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:45 PM

Last sketch is of M31 which was also seen at 23X. It is quite large and bright. I didn't see M32 or M110 this time around however.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:59 PM

Michael,

These are all very fine sketches. You have been up to good this summer.The 6" inch telescope is more than adequate to tackle these targets from a good sky. I think your sketches prove that. :bow: :rainbow: :cool:

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:55 AM

That were some good nights! Thanks for posting.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 03:42 PM

Frank, Jef, thanks for the kind words.

Having previously had an 8" I find the 6" just keeps surprising me. It must be the usually better sky conditions in my present location.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:12 PM

Michael and Louise,

Thank you for the fine tour of the Summer sky with all of your excellent observations of various objects in the night sky. All the objects are well rendered. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 11:06 AM

Thanks for the comments Carlos! :)

Michael






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