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Saturday, April 1st, 2006
Let star party season begin!  This weekend my brother and I went to Camp Hancock. A great spot with campy accommodations and dark skies.

With the moon even as thin as a 4 day waxing crescent, it was bright. Even still, the skies were much darker than my local viewing area.

Tonight I had a new quest in mind. In Starry Night Pro, I turned on the “Finest NGC Objects” database and tried to find every one in a certain region. I looked at objects I have seen before and one's that I had not. Journaled tonight are mostly one's I have not seen before.
 
Starting in the SW as constellations were setting, and keeping a fair distance from the bright crescent of the moon, nearly every object I looked at was something I've not seen before.
 
 
Orion
NGC 2022 - Planetary Nebula 
2 degrees east of Meissa, the head star of Orion, is a very small (18 arc second) very faint (12.4 mag) planetary nebula. I saw very little color in this one. It was mostly grey, but I could say it was (very) slightly bluish-grey. Looking at it at 300 power gave the best view though the quality of the sky barely sustained such a view. That view nestled the nebula among a peppered handful of 12+ and 13+ magnitude stars. The single brightest star in the field of view was 11.9.

 
Monoceros
NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula
Nearly invisible in the light of the moon. Because I was looking at a few nebulae (NGC 2022, M42 M78 and others) I had my Lumicon O-III filter in the eyepiece. This made the nebula completely invisible. It wasn't until I removed the nebula filter that I could see anything at all. A small,  very very faint wedge shaped smudge and nothing else. I'm not sure what this object can offer since it is variable. I have seen cool animations of the nebula (like this one).
 
NGC 2506 - Open Cluster 
This was such a tight and small cluster it almost seemed like a globular cluster. The stars all seemed to be very faint. Perhaps 12+ magnitude. There was not core in the sense that a glob has a core, but there were too many faint stars to count. Dozens at lease and perhaps hundreds with a larger aperture scope. Kind of a cool open cluster. I'm interested in spending more time looking at this one.

 
Canis Major
OCL 633 - Mexican Jumping Star - Open Cluster 
I'm not sure why this one is called the "Mexican Jumping Star". Perhaps because the brightness of the star enables the second star in the binary to appear and disappear. Regardless, I didn't see any binary split or star jumping around. It was an interesting open cluster still though. With a halo of many much dimmer stars, at the center of this cluster is one bright (binary) star: Tau Canis Majoris at 4.3 mag. 
 
NGC 2359 - Thor's Helmet - Diffuse Nebula
This object required the O-III filter. I did not try the UHC filter strictly because time was of the essence due to the potential for incoming clouds (which did come after a good 4 hours of viewing). A very distinctive shape. The horns, or wings of the "helmet" were very cool looking. The image in the eyepiece looked exactly like the image in Starry Night Pro. I like the high resolution full color Hubble style photos, but when it comes to my own viewing, sometimes a crappy shot that looks exactly like what I have in my eyepiece is preferrable. This object was framed nicelty in the 14mm EP at 110 power.
 
 
Puppis 
NGC 2438 - Planetary Nebula
This was one of my favorite objects of the evening. Nestled in the open cluster of M46, this small planetary nebula came out bright as day with the O-III filter. It was so cool looking into the medium sized 27 arcminute, tight, faint open cluster of M46 and seeing this  M57 look-a-like ring nebula. It did not look like a solid ball like the blue snowball or some of the other planetary's. It was almost exactly like the M57 the Ring Nebula only slightly smaller. M57 is 1.5 arcminutes and NGC 2238 is 1.1 arcminutes.
 
 
Leo
More to come... 
 
 
Leo Minor 
More to come...
 
 
Corvus
More to come...
 
 
Virgo 
More to come...
 
 
Boötes
Schwassmann-Wachmann 73P Fragment B(?) - Comet 
Very faint. 11.6 mag fuzzy spot. There was a core and coma, but both were very small. The core was no more than a pin dot and the coma was probably less than 1 arcminute. No tail at all. it looked much like a small eliptical galaxy. In the field of view were a few 11 and 12 magnitude stars. 
 
 





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