Thanks to all the wonderful cloudy weather we've been having here in Pittsburgh, I haven't been able to get much observing in these last couple of months. (or most of the summer).
So I put all that free time to use in creating a new webpage of deep sky objects.
Over the years, I've visually sketched or video-captured my way thru most of T. W. Webb's deep-sky objects from the collection of Webb Society observing books.
After spending an evening flipping thru the books and noting how many of the different category objects that I had, I decided to create a 'tour' page to go along with my other types of astronomical tours that I have on my main webportal.
For the 'Webb Tour', the general information page is http://home.comcast....bjects-Tour.HTM
On the main page I have a little info about the Rev T.W. Webb, along with page links for Planetary Nebula, Gaseous Nebula, Open Clusters, Globular Clusters, and Galaxies. These pages are where the individual observations are located. Once on one of the category pages, just scroll down the object table list and click the object button. A new popup will open containing either a sketch, video-capture image or both. The visual sketches were made with a wide variety of telescopes, mostly dobs, and the video-capture were mostly taken with a 8' SCT (Celestron Ultima or Meade LX200) or a AstroTech 6" RC. The video-cameras used were all varying models of StellaCam - EX, SC-II and SC-3. There's also a few images using a Samsung SDC435 camera.
Even though I'm closing in on having observed 2000 different deep-sky objects, it was interesting to see how many Webb Objects I've missed when putting together the new pages in the different 'Webb' categories.
While I observed all of the Webb Globular clusters, so far I've only observed 53 out of 80 planetary nebula, 45 of 80 gaseous nebula, 215 of the 234 open clusters, and 194 of the 270 galaxies listed in the Webb Society books.
Looks like I have a bit of video-observing and capturing ahead of me to finish all the Webb Objects.
That's the nice thing about our hobby, there's always new things to go hunt down and observe!
So, hope you all enjoy the new webpages, and maybe they'll inspire some observing!
(if it ever clears,,,,,)
Astronomical Webportal: http://home.comcast.net/~lsmch/
Webb Deep-Sky Objects
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