Tonight I was planning on bagging some more Herschel 400 objects with the 20", but somehow managed to not go after a single one. I got distracted - what can I say?
Some of the stuff I saw:
- Moon - Fantastic with the 5mm, like flying over it in a spaceship.
- ACO 426 - NGC 1272, 1275, and 1278 visible. May have seen 1270 - not sure.
- NGC 1232 - Somewhat visible, fairly large.
- NGC 1297 - Barely visible.
- NGC 1300 - Somewhat dim, some faint bar/spiral structure perhaps?
The real highlights, though, were the Horsehead and G1.
I went after the Horsehead just for giggles, hoping to at least spot IC 434. IC 434 appeared as a relatively easy to see elongated wisp of nebulosity with the UHC (I have no H-beta filter). I then started looking for B33, using a pair of 7th-magnitude and a 12th-magnitude star just below the horse's mane as references. Sure enough, I could just see a dark intrusion on IC 434! Not obvious, but unmistakable.
G1 was the last object I bagged in the session. I could just make out the "Mickey Mouse" shape at low power and at high power it was slightly fuzzy.