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8/22/14 observing results

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#1 DSObserver2000


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 01:48 PM

last night had clear skies, 3/5 seeing, and 4/5 transparency. I went out to observe and found these...



Comet Jacques looked like a faint version of the Wild Duck cluster.

M5 was low in the horizon and still shined. Comparable to the underrated M92 in size and brightness.

M80 was also low on the horizon and looked a lot like the 3 globulars under Sagittarius. Looked like a fuzzy star at 28x magnification.

M31 looked like a really compact, big, bright oval globular cluster.

M32 looked like a small globular cluster.

M110 was too faint to observe because I wasn't completely dark adapted at the time of observation.

NGC 7331 had a faint core but was clearly a galaxy not a star.



All observations were made with my 4.5" Newtonian reflector from a yellow zone backyard. 


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:59 PM

Go to a truly dark site and there you will find your 4.5-inch reflector will show as much or more than an 8-inch would from your backyard. Nevertheless, you had a good night of observing from your back yard.



#3 DSObserver2000


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 10:03 PM

I can see the Milky Way very easily from my backyard, M13 on transparent nights. I saw some blue zones an hour north which I bet will a heck of a lot more DSO's. :)

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:08 PM

Tomorrow is gonna be clear by me. I'm writing up a list of DSO'S ans star systems. I wish my new filter would come sooner!

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