NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Rick Allnutt as of 29 September 2008
NexStar Telescope Model(s): NexStar 4 SE 40/50 now observed

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Object: 1 - Orion Nebula… M42 / NGC1976
Date Observed: 27 September 2008
Comments: This was the first nebulae I ever looked at, back in the 1980s. It looked very nice with the Celestron.

Object: 2 - Hercules Cluster… M13 / NGC6205
Date Observed: 12 July 2008
Comments: Nice star Cluster. Seen at Government Canyon star party

Object: 3 – Ring Nebula… M57 / NGC6720
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Medium, but very visible

Object: 4 - Saturn
Date Observed: 12 July 2008
Comments: Nice ring structure. My presentation was better than many scopes with more aperture

Object: 5 - Moon
Date Observed: 13 July 2008
Comments: Began the NexStar Lunar list this date

Object: 6 – Andromeda Galaxy… M31 / NGC224
Date Observed: 28 September 2008
Comments: Easy target even in the city glow of San Antonio

Object: 7 – Dumbbell Nebula… M27 / NGC6853
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Easy

Object: 8 – Pleiades / Seven Sisters… M45
Date Observed: 27 September 2008
Comments: The 6 main stars just fit in the standard eyepiece of the 4SE

Object: 9 – Jupiter
Date Observed: 12 July 2008
Comments: Beautiful, as always!

Object: 10 – Wild Duck Cluster… M11 / NGC6705
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Easy

Object: 11 – Bodes Galaxy… M81 / NGC3031 & Cigar Galaxy… M82 / NGC 3034
Date Observed: 28 July, Hill Country SNA site
Comments: Very easy galaxy

Object: 12 – Swan Nebula… M17 / NGC6618
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Just visible

Object: 13 – Albireo-Double… Double List
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Very pretty contrast

Object: 14 – Perseus Double Cluster… NGC869 & NGC884
Date Observed: 29 September 2008, Helotes TX
Comments: Nice double in my wide eyepiece

Object: 15 – Whirlpool Galaxy… M51 / NGC5194
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Low but easy to see

Object: 16 – Lagoon Nebula… M8 / NGC6523
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Good object for dark sky

Object: 17 – Beehive Cluster… M44 / NGC2632
Date Observed: 28 September 2008
Comments: Pretty early morning cluster this time of year

Object: 18 – Western Veil Nebula… NGC6960 & Eastern Veil Nebula… NGC6992
Date Observed: 28 July, Hill Country SNA site
Comments: did not see 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Seen with binoculars, explored with scope

Object: 20 – Globular in Sagittarius… M22 / NGC6656
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: easy find

Object: 21 – Butterfly Cluster… M6 / NGC6405
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Very pretty with outline of a butterfly

Object: 22 – Double Double – Epsilon Lyra 1 & 2… Double List
Date Observed: 21 July 2008
Comments: First night using computer control

Object: 26 – Coathanger – CR399… Asterism List
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Hard to get the whole thing visible. Better with binoculars.

Object: 28 – Ptolemy’s Cluster… M7 / NGC6475
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Very bright and pretty cluster

Object: 31 – Owl Cluster… NGC457
Date Observed: 28 July, Hill Country SNA site
Comments: Very cute group of stars! Great for a star party

Object: 32 – Milky Way
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Hill country is in part of the black section of the sky charts. And only 40 minutes from my house!

Object: 33 – Trapezium in Orion… Center of M42
Date Observed: 27 September 2008
Comments: This is one of the prettiest quadruple stars I know of. Rivals e Lyr

Object: 34 – Open Cluster in Puppis… M46 / NGC2437
Date Observed: 28 September 2008
Comments: Nice early morning cluster this time of year

Object: 35 – Double Triangle (Star Gate)… Asterism List
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Really low on the western horizon in late July

Object: 36 – 24 Com Double… Double List
Date Observed: 28 July, Hill Country SNA site
Comments: Easy split in western sky

Object: 37 – Open Cluster in Sagittarius… M25 / IC4725
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Easy cluster

Object: 38 – Open Cluster in Gemini… M35 / NGC2168
Date Observed: 28 September 2008
Comments: Loose, pretty cluster

Object: 39 – Open Cluster in Cepheus… NGC7510
Date Observed: 28 July, Hill Country SNA site
Comments: very wide cluster

Object: 40 – Globular Cluster in Hercules… M92 / NGC6341
Date Observed: 21 July 2008
Comments: Computer control find. Helotes site

Object: 43 – Open Cluster in Ophiuchus… NGC6633
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Easy find

Object: 45 – Table of Scorpius… NGC6231
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: I think it is pretty

Object: 46 – Trifid Nebula… M20 / NGC6514
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Just whisps visible

Object: 47 – Betelgeuse… Named Star
Date Observed: 27 September 2008
Comments: Well, at least it is easy!

Object: 48 - Globular in Sagittarius... M55 / NGC6809
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Easy find

Object: 49 – Open Cluster in Auriga… M36 / NGC1960
Date Observed: 28 September 2008
Comments: Another pretty early morning cluster

Object: 50 – Eagle Nebula & Cluster… M16 / NGC6611
Date Observed: 26 July 2008, Hill Country SNA
Comments: Pretty combination