Once again it was a beautiful night. The sky was dark and steady, so I thought I'd catch an hour or so of observing.
turns out I my session went nearly two hours and I only logged 4
objects! This is because I ended up making tonight an extention of last
night. Observing somewhat random faint fuzzies in the NGC/IC catalog.
NGC 40 - Planetary Nebula
Though I've seen this one before under the Caldwell catalog (C-2) it is
a neat one. The nebulosity is relatively bright and not round like some
of the others. It's more football shaped with an obvious central star.
This object actually has a quintuple star system in the middle, but I
may not ever se it in my equipment. It takes very high magnification to
split it in Starry Night, so I imagine that means perfect optics, an
extraordinarily clear and steady evening and a large aperture scope. I
don't know if that's the case, but that's what it feels like.
NGC 6210 - Planetary Nebula
I looked at this one last night, but tonigt I wanted to try and
memorize it's location. I hit it two times, once double checking from
tha chart, and the second time from memory. I'll continue t hit this
one until I have it locked in.
NGC 6229 - Globular Cluster
another globular cluster in Hercules. In addition to the very bright
and large M13, the not quite as bright and large, but very impressive
M92, is now NGC 6229. A globular cluster that is considerably fainter,
much smaller, yet still easy to spot in the low power eyepiece. I was
not able to resolve any srtars in it. It looked much like a bright
comet with no tail. I'm surprised Messier missed this one.
NGC 6781 - Planetary Nebula
This is another object I pulled up last night. Looking at my journal
from 7/24/2005, I could basrely see tis object as it faded into the
glow of Portland. Tonight I caught it bit earlier. It was at about 50
degrees and in a touch darker sky when I looked at it this time. I also
found it from memory. This object is pretty large, but very faint.
Tonight I could see it with averted vision easily. I threw on the OIII
filter and the UHC filter just tose if that made a difference.
Normally, those filters don't make any real difference with Planetary
Nebulae, but on this one they do. They each had about the same affect,
though I might favor the UHN over the OIII on this object. With the
filter (both) I could look at the object straight on. I could begin to
make out the shape and roundness of it, not just the nebulosity. With
the filters, this object tonight reminded me of the Owl Nebula in Ursa
I tried for a
handful of other objects, but to no avail. I either didn't have the
patience, or simply could not see them even though I knew they were in
the field of view.