First trip to a new dark sky site
Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:49 PM
Ill be sure to post a report tonight or tomorrow!
Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:36 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:38 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:57 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:40 PM
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:40 AM
Of course the view through the scope was impressive, I didn't keep as detailed of notes as I usually do because I was just having fun and didn't want to waste what time I had here fiddling with pen and paper but I jotted down a few of the highlights.
First of course is the Flame Nebula(NGC2024) which I mentioned last night. Really unbelievable site after trying night after night to barely get a look at it in my backyard. I had myself braced for a few minutes at the eyepiece using AV to try and make it out, but no, it was just right there. The large dark lane was extremely obvious as were the two smaller ones that cut it perpendicularly. Overall it had a "maple leaf" shape that I assume is suppose to be the "flame."
M33 did not disappoint either...much larger than I've ever seen it with 2 of the arms easily visible. Was also able to pick up NGC604 and 592 as smudges on the outskirts of the galaxy.
NGC891 shocked me by showing its dark dust lane quite obviously. I didn't expect it so I checked a picture to be sure it was there and sure enough it was. Really cool, I'm not used to seeing that kind of detail in smaller galaxies. NGC1055 also gave me a little glimpse of detail using averted vision, what appeared to be part of a spiral arm showed up near the core, comparing a crude sketch I did to a picture it appears that this was also caused by a dark dust lane crossing the galaxy.
NGC1535 and 7662 both had really nice, apparent blue colors.
All in all I bagged about 10 new H400s and revisited a bunch of favorites and Messiers. Turned out to be a great few hours, even if my toes were frozen at the end!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:38 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:01 AM
Sounds fantastic, especially to one who lives in white zone! I thinl the frozen toes had to be worth it.
It definitely was. Need to invest in some warm boots.