I spoke of my longest observing session in an earlier post and now I am starting to get my notes typed in. So, here is what I saw of Omega Centauri in a 16" f/4.5 from a site about 100 miles from Phoenix. I rated the seeing at 6 out of 10 and the transparency at 8 out of 10. A terrific night far from city lights among the pine trees.
NGC 5139 22mm Panoptic very bright, very large, elongated 1.2X1, bright middle...a WOW view if there ever was one. 14mm UWA eyepiece a total of 400 stars resolved are estimated by counting 52 stars in a one eighth size wedge on the eastern side. Averted vision shows many faint outlying stars for a total of at least 500 resolved stars. It makes crawling around on my knees worth it.
The photo is from my Australian buddy, Jim Barclay, it is a 30 minute exposure (on Ilford film;-) with a 12 inch Newtonian.
Clear skies to us all;