NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Darren Dassinger
NexStar Telescope Model(s): NexStar 114 GT, NexStar 9.25 GPS
 

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  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
            
1            1/11/2004  Orion Nebula                            42            1976        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Wow! (but better when I saw it in Montana) Nice and clear, I liked it better with the 18 Ultima

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             1            3/19/2004  Orion Nebula                            42            1976        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Amazing how large it is!

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             1            4/23/2004  Orion Nebula                            42            1976        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Oldie but goodie - Moon has it washed out some and Pickering did not help, but still a joy. Trap easily seen with 10mm and
   can be made out with 18mm

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             2            4/23/2004  Hercules Cluster                        13            6205        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice glob but M3 should go onto the favorites list.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             3            6/11/2004  Ring Nebula                              57            6720        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          10 Lanthium

  Comment
  Very cool - I can see that it is a super nova remnant. Again on the favorites list.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             4            1/11/2004  Saturn                                                       0        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice rings but could not see the division.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             4            3/19/2004  Saturn                                     0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          10 SMA

  Comment
  Could see the rings very clearly. I was able to see Cassini's division very well. Slight shading of the rings on the back side
   of the planet. Very nice object to look at.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             4            4/23/2004  Saturn                                     0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          10 Lanthium

  Comment
  Barely see the division with 10mm eyepieces. Still like the SMA better.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             6            1/11/2004  Andromeda                              31              224        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Faint and fuzzy really did not enjoy it. I would like to see it with a bigger scope.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             7            6/11/2004  Dumbbell Nebula                        27            6853        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Almost a box with the 40, but can make out the shape. Also used the 18, a little fuzzier, but good viewing.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             8            1/11/2004  Pleiades                                  45                 0        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Always a treat (wowed a number of people before wit binoculars). I am still amazed about how many stars are here when
  looking with this telescope.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             8            3/19/2004  Pleiades                                  45                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Can see more stars, but can not see all of the main 6. I still like it betteer in binoculars.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             9            1/21/2004  Jupiter                                     0                 0        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            10 SMA

  Comment
  Could see planet about 4/5 full with 4 moons distinctively. I saw two other objects although I don't know if they were
  moons or not. (I had a cold and the wife demanded I come in before I could verify)

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
             9            4/23/2004  Jupiter                                     0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  First object on this night. Not too impressive Pickering just too much.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           10            6/11/2004  Wild Duck Cluster                       11            6705        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Looked more like a globular cluster then an open cluster. Either way, where is the duck?

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           11            1/21/2004  Cigar Galaxy                            82            3034        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Very faint and fuzzy - need more aperture and darker skies.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           11            1/21/2004  Bodes Galaxy                           81            3031        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Very faint and fuzzy - need more aperture and darker skies.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           12            6/11/2004  Swan or Omega Nebula               17            6618        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Looks like a swan! Very nice, again goes on the favorites list.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           13            6/11/2004  Albireo - double                          0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Cream and blue stars. Easily split even with the 43mm.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           14            1/21/2004  Perseus Double Cluster                 0              869        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Cool that these are so close together! Should have had my 43 mm! Bright stars in 884 came through very nicely.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           15            3/19/2004  Whirlpool Galaxy                        51            5194        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Can make out some arms, still faint. Great face on galaxy. Also could see a smaller companion. I think an ortho may
  make the view better (less glass).

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           15            4/23/2004  M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy                51            5194        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  See both galaxies - fuzzy but OK.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           16            4/23/2004  Hour Glass Nebula / Lagoon            8            6523        Rose Lake
                                        Nebula

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  I can see something but it does not take a shape. (OK, Now I understand why I did not see the hour glass, it is also
  known as the Lagoon nebula.) Way more interesting is the spiral Open Cluster beside it (NGC6530)

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           16            6/11/2004  Hour glass nebula or Lagoon           8            6523        Rose Lake
                                        nebula

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Really see the hour glass shape.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           17            1/21/2004  Beehive Cluster                         44            2632        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  I saw a zig zag pattern with the brighter stars but I don't see a beehive image with them. Plan to look again w/43mm in
  future.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           18            6/11/2004  Western & Eastern veil                  0            6960        Rose Lake
                                        Nebula

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  both are just a wisp - One has a bright star to the left edge.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           20            6/11/2004  Globular in Sagittarius                  22            6656        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Nice glob. A little faint but good definition.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           21            4/23/2004  Butterfly Cluster                          6            6405        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Open cluster reminded me of Ra (the sun god) at first. Changed to the 40mm and I could actually see the butterfly!

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           21            6/11/2004  Butterfly cluster                          6            6405        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Actually looks like a butterfly! Add this one to the favorites list.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           22            6/11/2004  Double double                            0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          10 Lanthium

  Comment
  Cool to see 2 bright doubles in one view. I needed the 10mm to split them.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           25            3/19/2004  Spiral Galaxy                            66            3627        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Slightly on edge with a companion. I could not see any arms. - Note: I believe the companion is NGC3628

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           26            6/11/2004  Coathanger Asterism                    0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Looks great through the spotting scope - the telescope has too much focal length even with the 43mm.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           27            3/19/2004  Galaxy in Leo                           65            3623        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice edge on galaxy.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           28            6/11/2004  Ptolemy's Cluster                         7            6475        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Nice, center looks like a K - Need to show this one to Kris!

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           29            3/19/2004  Bernice's Hair Clip                        0            4565        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Huge edge on galaxy. Great definition considering the magnitude (9.6)

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           30            6/11/2004  Globular in Pegasus                    15            7078        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          10 Lanthium

  Comment
  Very small globular, not too exciting.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           31            1/21/2004  Owl Cluster                               0              457        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice cluster - two brighter stars could maybe see an owl in flight but it is a stretch. Funny but it is listed as "ETCluser" in
  "The Sky" software.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           31            6/11/2004  Owl cluster                               0              457        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  With the two bright stars as it's eyes, it looks like an owl with skinny wings.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           32            3/19/2004  Milky Way                                 0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  N/A

  Comment
  Nice silver blanket from north to south going slightly west to east. Like I remember from Montana, but as a kid I took it
  for granted. Amazing just how many stars there are in our galaxy!

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           33            1/11/2004  Trapezium in Orion                     42            1976        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           33            3/19/2004  Trapezium in Orion                     42            1976        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Better then view then before. Better separation.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           34            1/11/2004  Open cluster in Puppis                 46            2437        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Very faint.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           35            3/19/2004  Star Gate (double triangle)              0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Very cool small triangle inside a larger one! This is going to become one of the "go to" objects to wow friends.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           35            4/23/2004  Stargate                                   0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment 
 
Still nice - going on my favorites list in the handset.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           36            3/19/2004  24 Com Double                           0                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Easily split - looks to be about the same color.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           37            6/11/2004  Open cluster in Sagittarius            25                 0        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Almost too open to resemble anything, but still something to show people.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           38            1/21/2004  Open cluster in Gemini                 35            2168        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice open cluster

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           39            6/11/2004  Open cluster in Cepheus                0            7510        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  OK open cluster. What intrigued me the most was a little cluster of 7 stars (with some dim ones around them) at the edge
   of the cluster.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           40            4/23/2004  M92 (Globular Cluster)                 92            6341        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  I liked this one better then M13. Seemed brighter in the center even though the "book" says this one is dimmer.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           43            6/11/2004  Open cluster in Ophiuchus             0            6633        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Looks kind of like a computer generated human with pointer hands and feet. A lot like the Sidney olympic "guy".

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           44            3/19/2004  Galaxy in Coma Berenices           100            4321        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          18 Ultima

  Comment
  Face on (very faint) just a light cloud around a dim center.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           45            6/11/2004  Table of Scorpius                         0            6231        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          40 E-Lux

  Comment
  Huge cluster with very bright stars. Looked best through the spotting scope just too big for focal length of the 9.25.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           46            6/11/2004  Trifid Nebula                             20            6514        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Bright star in the center. Could see some banding but it looked more like three lines coming together at a point

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           47            1/11/2004  Betelgeuse                                0                 0        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Nice and bright - looked at this star many times in the past while learning how to use my 114GT. Great read color.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           49            1/11/2004  Open Cluster in Auriga                  36            1960        Home

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  114GT            18 Ultima

  Comment
  Bright stars reminded me of a tick. Kind of hooked legs. I liked this object for that reason. Also used the 43 Ultima, was
  better to see some of the surrounding stars, but not able to get as much detail in the main bright stars.

  NexStar 50  Date           Name                             Messier   NGC            Location
           50            6/11/2004  Eagle nebula                             16            6611        Rose Lake

  Telescope    Eyepiece
  NS 9.25          43 Ultima

  Comment
  Considering it is a 6.0, I did not see much. I see a bunch of stars. LPR filter helped some, but I do not see an eagle.