Some times everything goes right first time and that makes it all worthwhile.
List of new objects:
M13 Globular cluster – “Great Hercules Cluster” – and it was great!
M92 Globular cluster
Caldwell 49 – Emission nebula – best seen with OIII filter.
Caldwell 45 – Spiral galaxy
H1 – 195 NGC 4111 Elliptical galaxy
H1 – 198 NGC 4490 Spiral galaxy – “Cocoon galaxy”
H1 – 019 NGC 4147 Globular cluster
H1 – 075 NGC 4274 Elliptical galaxy
H1 – 084 NGC 4725 Spiral galaxy
H5 – 008 NGC 3628 Spiral galaxy “Leo triplet”
Cor carioli (resolved with 25mm eyepiece)
24 Coma berenices (resolved with 25mm eyepiece) Beautiful orange and blue pair.
Lovely sunset and twilight so I got out as soon as I could.
I had a quick look at Jupiter in the twilight, then after alignment managed the following.
I used M42 to check focus a few times and used Regulus and Betelgeuse as alignment stars.
M53 globular cluster
M61 spiral galaxy
M65 sunflower galaxy
M81/M82 pair of galaxies
M104 Sombrero galaxy
Herschel I-28 pair of galaxies – “The eyes”
Caldwell 36 spiral galaxy
Caldwell 50 open cluster
I forgot to put on a UHC filter to see the nebula around Caldwell 50 – Rosette nebula (Caldwell 49)!
Double star: Algieba in Leo.
Just as I was packing up I saw one meteor from Leo direction.
Weather remains poor. Lots of cloud. Full moon makes it difficult to see DSOs well. Alas……
Another great night with almost no moonlight. Leo and Virgo were directly in front of me so I decided to look at the Virgo cluster of galaxies again. I scouted the Messier and Caldwell lists first then worked through 12 new galaxies (forgot about Caldwell 36!) By the end of the evening, my dark adaption was so good that I could see a lot of nebulae and clusters such as Coma Berenices naked eye.
I tried out a dew shield with my scope tonight, mostly to see if it increased contrast – not sure, it was a very dark night. Maybe more useful under brighter skies.
Following the excellent guide map in Philip Harringtons book (Cosmic Challenges), I found M81 galaxy in Ursa Major with my bigger Pentax 20 x 60 binoculars.
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Home too late to set up telescope so it was 16×60 binoculars tonight. Was trying to find Kemble’s cascade near Cassiopeia but instead found an impressive pair of open clusters that were delightfully glowing.