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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
I've been exceedingly busy with programming and setting up my new business, but I hate to lose out on decent nights, so I popped out for a short stint tonight.
 
The night started out pretty clear and relatively crisp. Fairly steady skies and the moon was still below the tree line.
 
I spent most of my time in Auriga.
 
Auriga
NGC 1893/IC 410 - Open Cluster with Nebulosity
With the OIII filter on and looking for the Flaming Star, I came across this cluster with a ton of nebulosity. It is large, and widespread (15 arcminutes or more). Mostly round in shape, but still somewhat cloud like among the stars of the cluster. The nebulosity seemed to extend quite a bit beyond the cluster of stars. I don't know anything about this object, so I'm not sure if the nebulosity is part of the cluster or not.
 
IC 417/LBN 804 - Diffuse Nebula
This nebula is right next to Phi Aurigae. There are a handful of brightish stars in the nebula perhaps lighting it up for us. The stars are not very bright. 10th magnitude or fainter. The nebulosity has a long triangular shape to it. It looks something like an elephant head with the trunk pointing upward in the eyepiece away from Phi Aurigae.
 
LBN 795 - Flaming Star Nebula
This nebula is also large, but much fainter. I tried all three filters (UHC, OIII, H-Beta) and I think the OIII did the best. Compared to how large the nebula actually is, I could only see a small hint of the brightest part of it. I must need much darker skies to see it well. I'm adding this to my dark sky list.
 
I also looked at the large open cluster of which I have no idea if it has a designation. It's the elongated line of stars between IC 410 and the Flaming Star. It contains the stars Aurigae 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19 (and a few others I think). It's nearly as bright as the Pleiades.
 
 
Taurus
M45 - Open Cluster with Nebulosity
Tonight I threw the OIII filter on and looked at this awesome cluster. I've never see nebulosity in it before, but I've never looked at it with a filter either. I was amazed at how much nebulosity I could see with the filter on. There was a halo around every star and some stars like Merope  and Alcyone had the cloud smudging away from the star. Very cool!
 
Mars
This is really cool. Seeing detail on planets is facinating and Mars is no exception. The dark patch of Syrtis Major Planum was the most outstanding feature, but there was a dark sort of belt that nearly crossed the entire planet. Sinus Sebeus, Mare Serpentis and Mare Tyrrhenum forming the sort of belt of dark patches. Without a polarizing filter the 12" mirror almost takes in too much light. The lighter patches that should be been seen were not seen at all. The disk was essentially white with dark patches. I think I'm going to pick up a variable polarizer and a dark green filter (I believe thats the one) for cutting out some of the light and pulling out more detail. The map I used for the planet surface features is this one. Alb-lamasm.pdf.
 
 
 
With the exception of Mars, I suppose you can say I was on an open-cluster-with-nebulosity kick tonight. It was fun. It's sort of the fall/winter equivalent of the Summer Nebulae. I had a very good night.






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