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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
Boy oh boy. I've been a busy amateur astronomer. Nearly every night I've had decent enough viewing to have a session - either short or long. Instead of logging each night, I'll give a brief compilation of the last 2 weeks.

Excellent viewing. All 7 Little Dipper stars, Milky Way band, and 12.5 magnitude NGC galaxies. What else can I say about the viewing? It's been spectacular.

Mosly from my backyard, I've been working on my Messier list. I've nearly completed it. There are only 4 summer objects left (I'm hoping to catch them in August as I'm about to go on vacation), then the remaining 20 or so should begin to come out in September October.

I had an evening with a friend at his "secret spot" which is a very nice 360 degree horizon, fairly dark site. Among others, I got 8 of my last 17 Summer objects there. The haze began to get too thick and we lost the remainder of the evening. s the haze was getting thicker and thicker, and the night turned into the following morning, we watched The Pleiades rise. This is the first time in many months I had seen it.

I had an evening at Larch Mountain in the Mt. Hood National Forest. I observed many objects including 5 more of the remaining Summer Messiers. Only 4 more to go. Woo hoo!

Tonight (the 20th) I found a field of view that could possibly be the most galaxies I've seen in one view from my backyard. Though I couldn't make out the one's greater than 12.9 magnitude, the FOV had M101, NGC5477, NGC5422, NGC5473, NGC5485, NGC5486. This is the most objects I've seen next to certain FOV's in the Virgo cluster - which I only saw at Indian Trail Spring.

Since some of these galaxies were essentially on the edge of my FOV, it makes we want a wider field, higher quality eyepiece, that is over 65 degrees and crisp to the edges.





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