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Some old, some new, and my first comet

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#1 Augustus

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:34 PM

Since I built my 16", I've only used it about half a dozen times, mostly under poor conditions.
 
Tonight I decided to stay up past midnight observing, since conditions were finally good and I finally had the time and energy.
 
I started with M13. Very nicely resolved, almost like an open cluster instead of a globular. Next was M3 - nice and resolved. Then M57 - puffy structure like the photographs.
 
After that, I decided to go after some new-ish targets that I haven't observed with it, or at least not under optimal conditions. I'm doing this from memory here, so this may not be in exact order.
 
M4 - Nice cluster, more like an open than a globular. 
 
M80 - Very compact glob, some individual stars.
 
Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner - My first comet! A faint but detectable fuzz, very easy to find.
 
M11 - Ridiculously bright, actually looks like a bird in flight. Thousands of stars.
 
M71 - Football-shaped glob, resolved pretty well.
 
M27 - Somewhere between a football and an apple core in shape, very bright.
 
NGC 6939 - Nice open cluster.
 
C12 - Only the very central core was visible, and very dim - harder to see than 21P. Disappointing.
 
C34 - Could see the part from 62 Cygni on eastward, very faintly, without a filter. I'm impressed.
 
M21 - Decent open cluster.
 
M8 - Some bright nebulosity to the east of the main cluster.
 
M17 - Swan's body was visible, the head was not. Some texture.
 
I finished up with Saturn, which was okay looking (poor seeing), then packed it in.


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#2 dhawn

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:59 PM

Excellent looking scope and great report. Hoping to have a good night like this before the moon comes back.


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