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Monday, September 12th, 2005
Not too bad of seeing though the night was partly cloudy. Transparency was pretty bad maybe a 2 of 5 or 3 of 10. I've been very busy so I didn't have a lot of time, but I thought I'd get in what I could.
 
In general, I'm still learning the transition between the Summer and Fall constellations. I'm not used to seeing Cygnus upside down and Vega in the West.

I was surprised at how huge Pisces is (and how faint it is), and I recognized Aries and a portion of Cetus. I looked for M77, but couldn't spot it in the muck.
 
Here are some comments on what I did take a quick peek at: 
 
M76
Smallish and a bit bright. Has some definite structure to it. It was more than just a fuzzy spot or a blur, it looked like a smaller apple core shaped nebula similar to M27.
 
OCL 363
Nestled perfectly between Beta Triangulae and Almach this large open cluster looked excellent at 37 power. Many dozen stars and not really any fuzziness to it at all. I couldn't make out any color in them, but a beautiful cluster. Not quite as bright as M39 over all, but distinguished among the stars in the region.

M34
The Spiral Cluster and right fully so. These stars, which are fairly bright (I've not gotten good at judjing magnitude yet) look like they are orbiting something that's causing them to form the pinwheel.

M33
The Triangulum Galaxy. On this view, it was a very large hazy object. A bit oblong in shape and definitely no spirals (I need a dark sky location to see them). Too much space in the FOV for the 40mm, but the 25mm at 60 power just about perfectly frames the object.

M74
Very difficult object. It took me three tries of coming back to it before I actually saw it. My eyes were not as adjusted as they could have been and the seeing was not that great, but even on a good night "The Phantom" is nearly invisible in the eyepiece. A slight round greyish patch is all that can be discerned.

Perseus Double Cluster
Though I didn't pull it up in the scope, it was nice to be able to see it naked eye. I just looked at it and though abut what a shame it will be when the neighborhood grows out and I won't be able to look up and see it anymore. A developer bought the 20 acres just north of me and plans on building many houses on the land. Bummers.

M31
Same deal. A slight hint of a fuzzy thing in just above the body of Andromeda. I'm hoping it takes the developer decades to build his fortune there.. somehow I think it will come faster. Oh well. Time to start thinking about where we'll move to next.

Auriga was just coming up over the trees as I headed in so I missed out on M36, 37 and 38. I love the views in the binoculars of those objects.





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