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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
It's very cold. Frigid actually. My scope has a thin layer of ice on it. Tonight I'm out in my winter gear with a ski cap, fur lined gloves , and several layers over my torso.  The wind is not really blowing at all and the sky has been very clear, though the seeing is a bit sketchy. a 2 at best. Everything is twinking. Mars wasn't stable at 200 power so more was useless. I really didn't see much detail except for a smudgy line across the face that nearly went across the entire face. Hints of other patches, but nothig definite.
As I step inside to type session notes on my computer, each time I return outside the fog is thicker and thicker. I cannot see the trees that are 30 yards away. Well.. barely see them. The light from my green laser is extremely bright in the moist air nearly ruining my night vision, for what it's worth.

It's 11:41 and I've been out since 8:30pm. I ran through a bunch of Fall Messier objects mostly to keep myself sharp: M1, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35,M36 M37, M38, M45, M77, M74 (not visible), M110.

I'm mostly concentrating on the objects from Fall and Winter since it's been nearly a year since I looked at many of them.

To make the night a bit more interesting I wanted to try and find a few new objects. That's only working so-so because I need to look for bright objects on a damp night like this. Though the moon has set, the sky is washed out because of the fog and light pollution from Portland bouncing off of the moisture in the air.

I was hoping to stay up to catch a glimpse of Saturn. But it's not going to happen.. Maybe next time. Tonight, it's too cold and waaaay too foggy.

Here are some comments on the new objects:
 
Perseus 
NGC 1582 - Open Cluster
This object looked like a small version of Draco. There are several dimmer stars around a central set of brighter stars that are somewhat "S" shaped with a triangular head much like the Draco constellation. Cool. 
 
Taurus
NGC 1647 - Open Cluster
Another interesting open clsuster. This one is comprised of many dim stars. Perhaps 20 or so. In looking at Starry Night, I see that the brightest star is 8.32 magnitude. There were several of what looked like binary pairs though it could just be the manner of the groupings. They made up a semi-circle like half of the Fairy Ring in Cygnus. A somewhat large and dispersed open cluster. Besides the few binaries, there were not many tight groupings at all. 
 
Orion
NGC 1662 - Open Cluster
Just as I found this object, the ground fog began to get very thick. I can only see the brightest of these stars (8.4 mag). This cluster also resembles a constellation: it looks like an elongated Cepheus. A rectangular shape at the bottom, and a single star at the top making that familiar house (I mean king - heh) shape. I can only see about 7 stars with what looks like may be more in the center of the cluster, but far fainter stars than the main 7 bright ones. 
 
 
That's it. I'm packing it in for the night. Perhaps I will get to observe again tomorrow. 





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