We’ve had a string of clear nights, a bit breezy but still worth taking out a scope. Saturday night, Sept 21, a buddy brought over his two Unitrons, a 4” Eq and 60mm alt az. He finished fabricating a lat. adjuster so the EQ mount will work at 30 deg north. Saturn was quite impressive thru the 4”, but I have to admit that my old cheap orange C5 did a comparable job, perhaps slightly less sharp but only incrementally so. Also, the unbranded optics of my 60mm monolux was no slouch compared to my buddy’s 60mm Unitron!
Last night I had the Monolux tracking down Sagittarius globs M69, 70 & 54, plus a few NGCs who’s numbers I forget. Also spent some time in Cass looking at sigma, WZ and a few other doubles. Tracked down Cass opens as well: M103 & 52, NGCs 663& 7790 (Caroline’s cluster). Was even able to snag M76 in Perseus, not too shabby in suburban skies.
And tonight the highlight was NGC 7331 (Deer-lick group) from the backyard with the Monolux. Yes it was faint but definitely there; the nearby field stars helped pinpoint its location. From there headed north into Lacerta and NGC7209 and the other bright cluster (7243?) who’s number escapes me. Ended in Cygnus with M39 and NGC 7026 planetary.
Im lovin’ the C5 and Monolux...two inexpensive acquisitions that are great performers.
Edited by Pete W, 24 September 2019 - 06:59 PM.