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Friday, April 23rd, 2004
Another wonderful evening. I didn't spend as much time tonight, but I still got to look at some of my favorites as well as see a few more objects I've not seen yet.

Jupiter
Again, phenomenal in the 12" at 315X magnification. What an awesome sight. I'm still waiting for the day I get to see the Great Red Spot with my own eyes in my own telescope.

Saturn
Saturn is so much more interesting now that I can see bands on the planet, the planet actually looking spherical and the Cassini Division in the rings as well as several moons.

The globular clusters look awesome to me. I love looking at them. Tonight I looked at:
M3 - Globular Cluster
M13 - Globular Cluster
M53 - Globular Cluster

I can't let a night go by without checking out the galaxies that I know where they are. Part of it is practice for finding things, and part of it is simply because they are so cool. Though all of the galaxies, in my 12" scope, in my backyard, are extremely dim and relatively hard to find, I thoroughly enjoy looking at them. It's more about *what* I'm looking at, not how it looks. Tonight I looked at:
M81 - Bode's Galaxy
M82 - Cigar Galaxy

I'm trying to make it a point to find things I've never seen before at each observation session. Tonight I found the following objects I've never seen before:
M44 - "Beehive Cluster" - Open Cluster
This cluster is HUGE. I couldn't even get it all in my 65 degree FOV 32mm 2" eyepiece. Looks like it's about time for the 42mm!

M67 - "King Cobra" - Open Cluster
This open cluster is awesome. I has so many stars, it's more like a globular cluster, but without the nucleus. I got the entire cluser in my 25 degree FOV 16mm 1.25" eyepiece.

The following three galaxies were all together in Leo just above Jupiter. They fall into the same category of, "I think I need extremely dark skies to get any detail out of a galaxy", but it's awesome finding them and adding to my database of what I've seen with my own eyes in my own scope.
M96 - Galaxy
M105 - Galaxy
NGC 3379 - Galaxy





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