After the front passed, last night was clear and very pleasantly cool by 10:30pm when I got out for a look. I put 20, 10, 4.7 & 3.7mm ultra widefield ep's in the pockets of the hooded observing vest and took along an object list I'd made a few days ago. Most observations were 137x, 1.9mm exit pupil and 44 arc' field.
M46/7 - OC, Puppis M47 shows better from town with its brighter *'s and coarser structure. M46 also well seen but no NGC2438 PN.
M48 - OC, Hydra Very nice, large with bright stars, concentrated line of *'s thru center
M35 - OC, Gemini Seen but too low really, poor view. (NGC2158, no chance as low as it was)
M67 - OC, Cancer Very nice, some fainter stars barely seen (zenith observing) despite moon & location, V pretty cluster
NGC2392 - Eskimo PN, Gemini A bit low but a fine view with bright CS and inner/outer rings easily seen. Fantastic object.
Izar (Epsilon Bootes) - Dbl *, Bootes excellent! unequal mag, close, white/turquoise
Castor (Alph Gem) - Dbl *, Gemini headlights, V brt, wide, slightly unequal mag, both white
Cor Caroli (Alph CVn) - Dbl *, Canes Venatici V brt, wide, even mag, white, prominent headlights, followed in field by wider fainter optical pair 15 CVn/17 CVn
Algieba (Gam Leo) - Dbl *, Leo ez split @ 137x, fine color: orange/blu-ish, very pretty
Porrima (Gam Vir) - Dbl *, Virgo nice closer pair, twin *'s, wht/wht, clean close split @ 137x, much wider split @ 371x
M94 - Gx, CVn AT zenith, easily seen, brt, V brt core, V brt nucleus, halo seen faintly but sure (Seyfert galaxy)
M105/NGC3384 - Gx pair, Leo easily apparent, brt, close, N3384 ~elong, very surprising (moon starting to interfere)
M65/66 - Gx pair, Leo only very faint puffs seen at all
M87 - Gx, Virgo "very faint smudge" is the note, barely seen, NONE of Markarian's chain seen
NGC4631 - Whale Gx, Cvn not seen, but strongly suspected
The Full Moon - still an amazing thing to look over, 69x and 371x, finished my observing eye and the night
The session was a lot of fun under the worst LP & full moon. The galaxies were quite surprising given the conditions. I always forget how bright M94 is, really valuable right now at and near zenith for urban galaxy hunters. I probably could've seen a bit more detail or a few more objects but tonight wasn't about working those matters very carefully; just the fun.
I really enjoy observing with the old XT10i. They're nice scopes. I think mine is LONG overdue for a dark site trip as it's been 4-5 years only used for outreach and driveway sessions.
Edited by havasman, 20 April 2019 - 05:47 PM.