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Saturday, January 28th, 2006
Conditions: CDC has Clouds 10, Transparency 2, and Seeing 2. Again This is the best it seems winter can offer so far.
 
Wanted to catch the 4 M objects by Monoceros as the weather is to turn foul again and this is the best night in a long time.
 
 M50 Large Open Cluster Filled about ? my EP at 48x. Jumped to 96x but lower was better as I thought it would be. Could definitely make out a few bright colored stars here and there.
Saturn at 240x, Cassini division very clear didn't notice any banding or color to planet. Was going in and out of focus so seeing is not the greatest at 240x.
 
 M47 Open Cluster Large, very Bright stars in the cluster makes it very easy to spot in the finder.
 
 M46 Open Cluster, Large but in comparison to 47 it is very dim, lots of evenly bright and spaced stars, unassuming cluster
 
 M67 Open Cluster This was neat it did seem to look like a snake coiled up with it's head sticking up, guess the orientation was good for my poor brain to see this one. Smallish dimmer than most tonight
 
 M48 Open Cluster, This was dim there was a trio of stars (north) close to this cluster that helped immensely in finding it. Dim also, stars seemed about the same brightness. Formed like 2 horseshoe shapes back to back.
 
 I looked a bit for M93 but this like other things this summer the low south is too bright and there are too many trees.
 
 This was a very good night after a LONG weight due to poor weather. My wife thought I quit already. LOL
 
 I'll pretty this up later but need to post it since it's been so long
 
 Oh yes that reminded me that Saturn almost sat in the behive cluster tonight.





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