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Thursday, July 14th, 2005
Tonight is a beautiful evening. Very clear, though of course the glow from Portland is a bit bright. Because there isn't much for the light to bounce off of, it's relatively low this evening. Only 30 degrees instead of 45. The air is dry and the tempature is warm. I'm in my t-shirt observing. There is a nice breeze and as my eyes are adjusting more and more, the milky way is becoming more visible. Just hints of the divisiions between the arms.
 
 
Pegasus
M15
An easy find though I haven't seen it since last year. Stars resolve straight to the core at 300 power. I absolutely LOVE the helical fine focuser. It makes planetary and globular cluster viewing much nicer.
 
 
Serpens Caput
M5
Unlike M15, this globular has a large and diffused nucleus. I can see stars resolving to the core again tonight at 300x and though the overall brightness is much dimmer than M15 which is in a blacker part of the sky. The globular cluster looks awesome.
 
 
Canes Venatici
M51 - Supernova In Spiral Arm
In looking for the supernova, I can definitely see what looks like a bright star just below and to the right of the nucleus. It's the outer left arm in the eyepiece. At 300 power I can look directly at the bright spot. The arms are so faint it's a bit hard to tell if the supernova is in the outer arm, the inner arm, or the nucleus. I think I'm seeing it in the outer arm.
 
 
Lyra
M57
The ring nebula looks like a neon light with the OIII filter. I pushed the scope to 600 power on this, but it began to loose too much light and lose much of it's brilliance. At 300 power it was perfect. At 150 it was extremely bright with the filter on.
 
 
Cygnus
Veil Nebula
It's amazing how the OIII filter works on the veil. It's practically invisible without the filter, but with it, you can see the detail in the twists and the fingers.  I can't wait to see this object in a dark sky with this filter.
 
 
Ophiuchus
M107
7.9 magnitude. Couldn't see it at all in the glow of Portland.

M10
Ophiuchus is in the glow of Portland so I don't get to see these very often and didn't actually have their locations memorized. I used Starry Night Pro to find them. I was surprised to see how close they were to each other. M10 resolved less stars and M12 which wasn't saying much. Both of these objects were very washed out.
 
M12
Very faint. Only a few stars resolving. About the same size as M10, perhaps a bit bigger.

M14
No resolution at all. This is the first glob I've seen in a while that just looks like a comet. A big comet, but not a globular cluster for sure tonight.
 
 
Andromeda
M31
I can see the galaxy stretching past my field ov fiew. With M32 and M110 all in the same wide field, but still not wide enough to house the entire monster galaxy. Also there were no dust lanes  distinguishable in the galaxy tonight.
 
 
Aquarius 
M2
Relatively bright with many stars resolving at high power. I was gettting tired so I didn't spend much time here.

 
Hercules 
M13
What a way to end the observation session. M13 is so spectacular. At 300x it nearly fills the eyepiece. This object alone makes me want to get a 5mm Nagler and a Paracorr.
 
 
All in all it was a wonderful session. It almost makes up for last weekend's star party bust! 






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