I've been able to get out with the telescope 4 times between last Friday and Tuesday. First night was very short and 2 of the other sessions were pretty short as well. Didn't get out last night and won't get out tonight. Clear skies, but too tired. I will be going out tomorrow night for as long as I can though...will go in when I either get too tired or when it clouds up. Tomorrow night I'll probably view a combination of globular clusters, open clusters, and planetery nebula...possibly some double stars later in the night once the moon rises.
Without further delay, here you go...
Telescope - Orion XT10i
Finderscope - Stellarvue 50mm, 9x, 5.8 FOV
Paracorr Type 2 (used at all times)
ES30mm - 46x, 1.78 FOV
Nagler 12mm, Type 4 - 115x, 0.71 FOV
Zhumell 6mm - 230x, 0.24 FOV
Friday, August 16, 2019 9:55-10:08pm
Really short since it clouded up on me almost immediately.
STF2615 - Initially split with thre 30 then dropped the 12. Per SD, this is not a physical double. Shoot, clouds already rolling in.
STF2612 - Made out thre AB pair, but couldn't make out the C component before the stupid clouds rolled in.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:31-10:59pm
STF2544 - Made out the A,B, and C stars shown on SD. AB pair is uncertain, C not physical.
STF2543 - Best view was with the 12. SD shows it being uncertain nature.
STF2566 - Not a physical double. Nice split with the 12mm. Main star had a definite orange coloring. Beautiful looking double.
STF2532 - Another nice orange main star. Can see the A, B, and C components, but not the D. Used the 12 and the 6. Not a physical system.
A2197 - AB and AC both made out. The AC is an STF double per SD. Used the 6 and can just see the 13th mag start 6. I probably wouldn't have seen it if it was much further away.
STF2513 - Can just split it with the 12. Uncertain double per SD.
STF2492 (23 Aquila) - This one is a physical double. Split with the 12. Tried for the C component but couldn't see it.
STFA40 - Made out the AB and BD components. Could not see the C star. Uncertain double. Used the 6mm.
STFA40 (24 Aquila) - Kind of a part of the previous double.
STF2497 - Not a physical double, but beautiful in the 30. Nice wide double.
STF2498 - Quadruple system. AB are physical, AC uncertain, AD not physical. Looked really nice in the 12.
STF2462 - Made out the A, B, and D components. Cannot see the C. Best view was with the 6.
STF2833 - Split first with the 30 then with the 12. Easy in both. This is a physical double.
STF2831 - Another physical double. Can just make out the B component in the 30. Easier in the 12. Fairly wide separation. B at just about N.
ST2848 - Beautiful near equal magnitude physical double star. Looked great in the 12. Looks like clouds are rolling in from the coast, so will be cutting this session short soon. But I will enjoy a nice glass of Scotch after.
STF2856 - Uncertain double. Close, but split with the 6mm.
STF2878 - Saw all 3 components with the 6. AB was a close split.
Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:45-9:35pm
Short session as I have work and the kids have school in the morning. Focus was on carbon stars from the AL Carbon Star list.
(X Sagittae) - Carbon star. Very red in color. Beautiful. Best view was with the 12.
(BF Sagittae) - Another carbon star, this one is more orange than red. Major around 9. Best view was with the 12, but also viewed with the 30.
HD198269 (Carbon star) - This carbon star is less red than prior one, light orange coloring. Viewed with the 12mm.
HD201626 (Carbon star) - Another carbon star. Light orange coloring. Best view was again with the 12mm.
(RS Cygni) - Pretty deep red coloring to this one. I liked the view in both the 30 and 12. Adding this as a favorite.
(AX Cygni) - This carbon star is a stunning red color! Definite favorite! Viewed with the 12.
(SV Cygni) - Another red colored carbon star. Not quite as deeply red colored as the previous one, but close.
M39 - Very nice open cluster in Cygnus. Nice view with the 30 where I can keep it nicely framed.
NGC7082 - First time seeing this open cluster. Viewed with the 30 first, but too much going on outside of the cluster so I viewed with the 12mm which framed it a little better.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 8:31-9:25pm
Another short session...work and school. Focus was mostly on open clusters with a globular cluster thrown in.
M71 - Can see a scatter of stars in the c, but not seeing a whole lot. Not a lot of fuzziness to this one. The more I look, the more stars pop out. Using the 6 to get as much magnification as I can.
NGC6802 - Very loose cluster with only a few stars seen. Viewed with both the 12 and the 6. Keystone pattern obvious in both with a couple stars in the middle.
Coathanger - I had to look away the Coathanger while in the area. Hard not to view it since it was right on the finder... which I'd the best view of it.
NGC6823 - About 10 or so stars resolved with both the 6 and the 12. Slightly tighter than the previous OC I just viewed.
NGC6834 - Resolved about 25 stars in the cluster. It filled up most of the fov of the 6mm. Also viewed with the 12, but not as many stars were resolved.
NGC6885 - Very nice non Messier open cluster. Best framing of this one was with the 30mm. Counted between 25 and 30 stars.
NGC6940 - I think I'll add this one to my favorites list. A lot of very faint stars popping in and out with the 30mm. Put the 12 in and the cluster filled the view. I didn't even try to count the stars... too many. I can only imagine what this would look like in a dark skies area.
Edited by TheBigK, 22 August 2019 - 09:20 PM.