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Monday, July 25th, 2005
Once again it was a beautiful night. The sky was dark and steady, so I thought I'd catch an hour or so of observing.
 
It turns out I my session went nearly two hours and I only logged 4 objects! This is because I ended up making tonight an extention of last night. Observing somewhat random faint fuzzies in the NGC/IC catalog.
 
Cepheus
NGC 40 - Planetary Nebula
Though I've seen this one before under the Caldwell catalog (C-2) it is a neat one. The nebulosity is relatively bright and not round like some of the others. It's more football shaped with an obvious central star. This object actually has a quintuple star system in the middle, but I may not ever se it in my equipment. It takes very high magnification to split it in Starry Night, so I imagine that means perfect optics, an extraordinarily clear and steady evening and a large aperture scope. I don't know if that's the case, but that's what it feels like.
 
 
Hercules
NGC 6210 - Planetary Nebula
I looked at this one last night, but tonigt I wanted to try and memorize it's location. I hit it two times, once double checking from tha chart, and the second time from memory. I'll continue t hit this one until I have it locked in.
 
NGC 6229 - Globular Cluster
Yet another globular cluster in Hercules. In addition to the very bright and large M13, the not quite as bright and large, but very impressive M92, is now NGC 6229. A globular cluster that is considerably fainter, much smaller, yet still easy to spot in the low power eyepiece. I was not able to resolve any srtars in it. It looked much like a bright comet with no tail. I'm surprised Messier missed this one.
 
 
Aquila
NGC 6781 - Planetary Nebula
This is another object I pulled up last night. Looking at my journal from 7/24/2005, I could basrely see tis object as it faded into the glow of Portland. Tonight I caught it bit earlier. It was at about 50 degrees and in a touch darker sky when I looked at it this time. I also found it from memory. This object is pretty large, but very faint. Tonight I could see it with averted vision easily. I threw on the OIII filter and the UHC filter just tose if that made a difference. Normally, those filters don't make any real difference with Planetary Nebulae, but on this one they do. They each had about the same affect, though I might favor the UHN over the OIII on this object. With the filter (both) I could look at the object straight on. I could begin to make out the shape and roundness of it, not just the nebulosity. With the filters, this object tonight reminded me of the Owl Nebula in Ursa Major.
 
 
I tried for a handful of other objects, but to no avail. I either didn't have the patience, or simply could not see them even though I knew they were in the field of view.





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