Last night was unusually clear in MD and due to my time (before moon glow) I used hand held and I keep proving this to be true for my sky conditions
== the 642IR provides the best all around view — the MW was fantastic and can see nebulosity for M16, 17, 20 and 8 (and other blotches) using the Mod 3 and PVS7.
== with 12nm Ha and PVS7 (White) could see the 3 sections of the Veil as well as nebulous patches in and around Cassiopeia
== with 6nm and Mod 3 the Veil is brighter than in the PVS7 (I think this is expected due to tubes)
== for me, the 610 let’s too much light in and the 685 (which I like and use) blocks most nebulosity.
If clear tonight like last night, I’ll have the 8” f/2.8 scope out with 5 filters in filter wheel to scroll thru with Mod3 and PVS7.
Yes last night was a good one up here in Pa as well. And we might get a few more this week.
I used the 6 Ha and 685 Pass filters with the 4” refractor working at around F3.5 The scope was riding on a Universal Astronomics alt/az mount: no chair no eyepieces, so a pretty basic and easy set up.
These were all observed before moonrise. And many would not be possible or washed out versions of themselves without NV from my location.
North American Nebula: KILLER: Detailed edges + Pelican MUCH
Surrounding Nebula! A GREAT View!
More Nebulas than are in my S & T Pocket Atlas!
Y Sadr Complex: KILLER views MUCH surrounding Nebula Including the following: IC-1311, IC-1318, 6914, IC-4996, IC-5068, SH2-112, and more
Sh2-115 North of Deneb
SH2-101 Nebula just over from the Crescent. 2 stars surrounded by nebula
6888 Crescent Nebula: Bright and well-seen, even the faint part of the arc
M8: GREAT photo-like view with dark lanes were well seen and hard edged. The connecting nebula between M20 & M8 was easy!
N6559 & IC-1274, & IC-4681 nebula detached from M8: were easy & well seen, as individual puffballs.
M20: GREAT view of nebula with “detailed” thin, dark lanes
M17: GREAT view with “photo-like details”, black square & detached nebula Nebula near: M17: Large dim associated patch
M16: Killer view with WIDE Eagle shape
Sh2-53: The large dim cloud nebula above M16 with the bright internal ball
M22: Smallish but still nice in the 4”
M28: Small in the 4”
6642: Very small in the 4”
6638: Very small in the 4”
M7: Great View like a smaller Pleiades
M6: Open cluster near M7
M11: Smallish in the 4”
6712: Globular cluster near M11 smallish in the 4”
Dark Nebula B111: Near M11 BEST VIEW! Easy to see:
Dark Nebula Near Galactic Center: WOW! A GREAT VIEW! of these dark nebulas superimposed over the VERY bright galactic center!
M69 Easily spotted globular cluster Smallish in the 4”
Little Star Cloud: KILLER! & FILLED with stars
Veil Nebula: All 3 sections were easy: the large arc just fit in the field and was detailed with internal streamers: GREAT VIEW!
Cocoon nebula: Found by sweeping with the 4” nice puffball
7538: Bubble Nebula in Cass.
7635: Nebula in Cass. – Obvious
SH2-157: large dimmer glow forms a triangle with the 2 above
281: Low but easy with dark indent
IC 396: Just fits in the field of the 4”
Edited by bobhen, 18 September 2019 - 12:23 PM.