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Friday, April 11th, 2008
Astronomy club meeting tonight.....SW Washington Stargazers.   We cleaned the mirror on a member's 12" Dobsonian.   I did not bring my scope to the meeting, but many did.....there were at least 10 scopes set up in the viewing area behind the church.   "Seeing" was excellent.....transparency fair.   Got some above average views of Saturn through a variety of 100-120mm refractors......they were pretty comparable.   The Cassini division is more difficult to see with the rings moving to edge-on, but it was visible on both sides of the planet.
 
I helped a member locate Bode's galaxy [M81] in his 10" Dob.   Also saw it in a 12" Dob along with M82.   M82 showed detail.
 
Looked at the moon at high Power in a 104mm, high quality refractor.   Very clear, very steady.
 
Later, at home in my driveway, with my 12" Dob, I was able to see M81 [very bright] M82, M65, M66 [quite faint] with a 32mm Televue plossl eyepiece [approx 47x].   M13 was stunning as usual, and well resolved in a 10mm Televue Radian [150x].





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