|Tonight I spent a couple more hours on the Caldwell objects in the current sky. The viewing tonight was a bit better than last night, but the moon was a touch higher and brighter at first and there is an ever increasing mist in the air.
I hit a total of 11 objects of which 6 are new ones for me.
C-15 (Blinking Nebula)
Though I've seen this object as well, I'm looking again to cover it in the Caldwell database. And in the spirit of cranking on these planetary nebulae, I pushed this one to 600 power to see if I could detect the binary star system at it's core. No such luck tonight, though the nebulosity at 600 power and 300 power as well took on a new dimension of detail. It was no longer a fuzzy blob, but a ovalish cloud with brighter and dimmer parts. Somewhat ringish.
C-20 (North American Nebula)
There are no distinguishing characteristics in this nebula tonight. I also did not look at it with my wide field scope, just the 12" dob which can only see portions of this large nebula.
C-27 (Crescent Nebula)
Much like it's cousins, this nebula is very faint in the light of Portland. The brightest parts are where it's being lit up by the three stars in it. 100 power was the best view of this one tonight.
C-33 (Network Nebula)
This large beautiful nebula is hiding in the glow of Portland tonight. I can see it, and it is modeled, but there is no real detail tonight.
C-34 (Veil Nebula)
Though it's briighter than its counter part, this nebula is also hiding in Portland's glow. I can see it as well... but just barely.
*C-42 (Very Distant)
Hmmm... I see why they call this one "Very Distant". What a tiny glob. This has got to be the smallest, most faint globular cluster I've looked at. It practically dissappeared in the 300 power because of the loss of light. The best view of it was at 150 power with my 9.5mm ED 2. It never stopped looking like a 10th magnitude comet to me.
An easy find in the 32mm. MUCH easier than these glaxies I'v been looking at. Along with the stars around it it looks like an arrow in the entire field of view. At 150 power it began to stop looking like a comet and more like a globular cluster. At 300 power it wasn't much different thatn 150, and for the most part, the stars only began to resolve with averted vision.
This one jumped right out as it came into view with the 32mm (47 power). It was much brighter or at least in a darker part of the sky) then the other galaxies. At 150 power I could begin to see some structure in this one. Amazing. And at 300 power there is definitely some modeling or structure to it. Very nice. That was a pleasant surprise.
Very dim. This is a 10.6 mag galaxy and the moon is a waxing gibbous. The moon glow was low so I was able to see this galaxy, but if I didn't know EXACTLY where it was, I never would have found it. Still... I'm pretty impressed that in this sky I can see this pert near 11th magnitude galaxy!
Another extremely faint object. Though this one did not look like just a fuzzy spot. It actually looked like a line. I'm wondering if in dearker skies I would actually be able to see the shape of this one a bit more.
This cluster looked nice at 47 power so I only dug deeper by throwing on the Balrlow. A few bright stars encasing many fainter ones. Its a nice cluster, but hard to find I'd say. The best view was framed in the 16mm (32mm + 2x Barlow) at 90 power.
Another successful evening of the Caldwell objects. I now have a total of 34 out of the 109 objects logged. 31% in 2 sessions... not bad for a rookie!