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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
I didn't get home from work until 12:30am this morning.   I probably should have set up my imaging gear but settled for an hour or so with my 12" Dob.   Seeing was average. Transparency was variable but above average for the most part.  
 
I started out with a few minutes at Jupiter @ 150x.   Classic Jupiter......with all 4 bright moons lined up, 2 on the right, 2 on the left.   The GRS was just barely visible for a few seconds here and there.
 
Next I moved on to M27 the Dumbbell nebula.   It was bright in my 27mm @ 56x, a relatively well defined rectangle, but I could not see any the 'dumbbell' shape very well, and the round nebulosity was not visible.....this did not improve at 150x.   (was trying a new eyepiece....an Orion 27mm 'edge-on' flat field.....was an improvement over my 25mm Plossl and a 2" 30mm GSO.......although stars are not sharp points all the way to the edge of the field)  I didn't try my 'skyglow' filter on M27.
 
Moved on to M57, the Ring nebula, and this time with the Skyglow filter, it was bright and well defined at 150x.
 
M31 and M32 were quite nice in the 27mm, although I could not find M110.   Even from my light-poluted driveway, I could barely make out the major dust lanes in M31.
 
M13 and M92 in Hercules were crisp and sparkling......M13 especially, really resolves well at 150x.   Slight averted vision makes it really pop!
 
That was about the extent of my observing, other than a few minutes at the Double Cluster.  I could get 90% of it in the field of view in the 27mm......although the outer stars were somewhat distorted.
 
Clear skies all!





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