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Friday, February 19th, 2010
 In view of the problems I had the last couple of nights out, I decided to lower my expectations a bit......hoping to compensate for the poor seeing conditions and the skyglow.
 
I started with my 12" Dob.   The Moon and Mars were a lost cause.  Both boiling and roiling.  Mars was a tiny shimmering blob.  The color was the only thing that gave it away.   Next I moved to M42......basically as poor a view as I have had in recent memory.  I tried a OxyIII filter.  It did bring out a bit more nebulosity, but it also removed stars.  I preferred the unfiltered view.   Finally, I browsed through Auriga.....and M37, M36 and M38.   M37 was a pleasing sight at 55x.
 
I decided to point my camera at M37......figuring that even I couldn't mess that up too bad.  The result isn't impressive, but at least it's a fairly clean image.   The seeing wouldn't allow pinpoint stars, but I expected that.
 
At any rate, I ended up getting 80 minutes in 67 subs......some at 75 sec per sub and some at 60 sec per sub.  
 
Orion 80mm ST refractor, Celestron CG5 GT mount (unguided), Canon 350D (unmodified)......
 


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