NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Dr. Terry Medcalfe
NexStar Telescope Models: CPC 925 and NexStar 6SE with GPS

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Observation Site (unless stated otherwise):
Tias, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Latitude 28o 57’ N & Longitude 13o 39’ W

Object: 1 - Orion Nebula… M42 / NGC1976
Date Observed: 3rd December 2007. Time: 21.30 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 9Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and little cloud.
Transparency: Clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.29 visual magnitudes per square arc sec,
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 34mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Nebula easily seen along with Trapezium cluster.

Object: 2 - Hercules Cluster… M13 / NGC6205
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.05 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Cluster was easily observed with good definition.

Object: 3 – Ring Nebula… M57 / NGC6720
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.15 Hours
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy. Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Nebula was observed, however image was faint. The hole was observed but no colour, of
course, and no Stars were seen in the centre.

Object: 4 – Saturn
Date Observed: 30th January 2008. Time: 23.20 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 16 C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon or cloud.
Transparency: very clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.91 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼ Vixen LVW 13 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Excellent views of Saturn with 5 of its moons. Rings shown without separation.

Object: 5 – Moon
Date Observed: 15th January 2008. Time 10.45 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind 11 Kph. Seeing conditions: Slight cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 16.35 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼” Plőssl 17 mm. Telescope CPC 925.
1st Quarter moon. Objects on the terminator were Archimedes crater, Alps mountain range
and the Alpine Valley.

Object: 6 – Andromeda… M31 / NGC224
Date Observed: 7th October 2007. Time: 22.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 7 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Andromeda galaxy was observed.

Object: 7 – Dumbbell Nebula… M27 / NGC6853
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.25 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Nebula observed but faint, no colour but surrounding stars very bright

Object: 8 – Pleiades / Seven Sisters… M45
Date Observed: 29th October 2007. Time: 21.30 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 19C. Wind: 19 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.05 visual magnitudes per square
arc second. Eyepiece: 1¼ Celestron E-lux 40 mm. Plőssl. Telescope: 6SE.
Seven Sisters seen bright and “blue”.

Object: 9 – Jupiter
Date Observed: 26th June 2008. Time: 23.40 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 240C. Wind: 7 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.64 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Telescope: CPC 925. Eyepiece: 2" Celestron Axiom 19mm.
Four of the moons were seen readily, one fairly close at about 10 o’clock and the remaining three at about 4 o’clock, one close and the other two some distance from the planet. Using “Starry Night”, it was possible to identify the moons and their respective distances from the planet in “Jupiter widths”. At 10 o’clock…Europa nearly 2 widths, at 4 o’clock….Ganymede about ½ a width… Io about 3widths…. and Callisto about 10 widths.
In addition, two brown belts were observed running approximately 10 to 4 o’clock with significant separation.

Object: 10 – Wild Duck Cluster… M11 / NGC6705
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.25 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Open cluster, very large, was observed.

Object: 11 – Bodes Galaxy… M81 / NGC3031 & Cigar Galaxy… M82 / NGC 3034
Date Observed: 3rd February 2008. Time: 21.25 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.52 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Both of the galaxies were not shown in same field of view, it was necessary to go to each
one separately. Both were seen but M81 was faint when compared with the Cigar Galaxy.

Object: 12 – Swan Nebula… M17 / NGC6618
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.35 Hours.
Comments: Temperature: 20C. Wind 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Diffuse nebula and lots of bright stars observed.

Object: 13 – Albireo-Double… Double List
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.40 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Beautiful separated double star. A larger yellow star and below it a smaller bright blue star.

Object: 14 – Perseus Double Cluster… NGC869 & NGC884
Date Observed: 31st October 2007. Time: 22.15 Hours.
Comments: Temperature: 18C. Wind: 4 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and no cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.01 visual magnitudes per square arc second.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Fantastic double open cluster, hundreds of stars.

Object: 15 – Whirlpool Galaxy… M51 / NGC5194
Date Observed: 11th August 2007. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 21C. Wind: 9 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and partly cloudy.
Transparency: somewhat clear.
Eyepiece 2” Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Very small but whirlpool shape observed.

Object: 16 – Lagoon Nebula… M8 / NGC6523
Date Observed: 11th August 2007 Time: 23.05 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 21C. Wind: 9 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and partly cloudy.
Transparency: somewhat clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Excellent view of both the nebula and the cluster.

Object: 17 – Beehive Cluster… M44 / NGC2632
Date Observed: 6th January 2008. Time: 22.30 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 16C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly cloudy. Sky Quality Meter: 17.64 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Open cluster readily observed.

Object: 18 – Western Veil Nebula… NGC6960 & Eastern Veil Nebula… NGC6992
Date Observed: 27th July 2008. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 200C. Wind: 8 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.85 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Telescope: CPC 925. Eyepiece: 2" Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Filter: Lumicon Oxygen III.
Western showed horizontal view with “green eye” feature.
Eastern ran the whole of the view…upper right to lower left…seen with good definition.

Object: 19 – Omega Centauri… NGC5139 SUBSTITUTED by Open Cluster in Auriga M37
Date Observed: 6th January 2008. Time: 22.20 Hours.
Comments: Temperature: 16C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly cloudy. Sky Quality Meter: 17.64 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Very beautiful open cluster containing many bright stars among hundreds.

Object: 20 – Globular in Sagittarius… M22 / NGC6656
Date Observed: 11th August 2007. Time: 23.10 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 21C. Wind: 9 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and partly cloudy.
Transparency: somewhat clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Cluster readily observed

Object: 21 – Butterfly Cluster… M6 / NGC6405
Date Observed: 14th August 2007. Time: 22.45 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and no cloud.
Transparency: somewhat clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
A magnificent bright view of the cluster. My wife says it does look like a butterfly, what it is
have a vivid imagination.

Object: 22 – Double Double – Epsilon Lyra 1 & 2… Double List
Date Observed: 4th June 2008. Time: 23.55 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 180C. Wind: 13 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but moderate cloud
Transparency: partly clear.
Telescope: CPC 925. Eyepiece: 1¼" Meade 8-24 mm zoom and Vixen LVW 8 mm.
Using the zoom lens @ 24 mm, the double was shown with good separation. Increasing the magnification to16 mm showed indications that both stars were themselves doubles. 12 mm further indicated this separation and at 8 mm both stars showed clearly as doubles with distinct separation. The Vixen lens further confirmed “Double Double” status.

Object: 23 – Jewel Box… NGC4755 SUBSTITUTED by Open Cluster in Auriga M38
Date Observed: 6th January 2008. Time: 22.25 Hours.
Comments: Tempeature:16C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly cloudy. Sky Quality Meter: 17.64 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Very beautiful open cluster, smaller than M37.

Object: 24 – Blue Snowball Planetary Nebula… NGC7662
Date Observed: 10th January 2008. Time: 21.50 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.81 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 19mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Planetary Nebula shown as very pale bluish light.

Object: 25 – Spiral Galaxy… M66 / NGC3627
Date Observed: 1st May 2008. Time: 23.30 Hour.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 7 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and little cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.17 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Galaxy observed as a spiral but very faint.

Object: 26 – Coathanger – CR399… Asterism List
Date Observed: 22nd June 2008. Time 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 190C. Wind: 3 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but moderate cloud. Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 16.57 visual mag. per sq.arc sec. Eyepiece: 1¼" Plössl 32 mm. Telescope: NexStar 6SE.
The sketch below shows the position of the stars to resemble a Coathanger!! The straight line is composed of blue stars with those to the right of this line yellow.

Object: 27 – Galaxy in Leo… M65 / NGC3623
Date Observed: 1st May 2008. Time: 23.35 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 7 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and a little cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.17 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Galaxy observed as a spiral but very faint.

Object: 28 – Ptolemy’s Cluster… M7 / NGC6475
Date Observed: 2nd August 2007. Time: 23.40 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and partly cloudy.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
A large beautiful bright cluster containing many blue stars.

Object: 29 – Bernice’s Hair Clip… NGC4565
Date Observed: 1st May 2008. Time: 23.45 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 7Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and a little cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.17 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 34 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Seen as a “white line”.

Object: 30 – Globular in Pegasus… M15 / NGC7078
Date Observed: 14th August 2007. Time: 23.10 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and no cloud.
Transparency: somewhat clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Very compact but clearly visible.

Object: 31 – Owl Cluster… NGC457
Date Observed: 10th January 2008. Time: 21.55 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and no cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.84 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Beautiful open cluster observed with two very bright “eyes” and my wife sees the “body” of
an owl….enough said.

Object: 32 – Milky Way
Date Observed: 10th January 2008. Time: 22.20 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.79 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Celestron Axiom 19 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Great view: the swath of the winter Milky Way centred on Orion Constellation.

Object: 33 – Trapezium in Orion… Centre of M42
Date Observed: 5th December 2007. Time: 22.25 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 17C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight but moderate cloud
Transparency: partly cloudy. Sky Quality Meter: 16.99 visual magnitudes per sq arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Four bright stars were clearly seen.

Object: 34 – Open Cluster in Puppis… M46 / NGC2437
Date Observed: 6th January 2008. Time: 22.40 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 16C. Wind: 10 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly cloudy. Sky Quality Meter: 17.64 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Open cluster several stars very bright in a total of hundreds.

Object: 35 – Double Triangle (Star Gate)… Asterism List
Date Observed: 7th May 2008. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 180C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 17.95 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼" Super Plössl 26 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
A beautiful unique sight; a larger triangle containing, within its boundary, a smaller triangle. Both triangles have 2 prominent stars in their makeup and a single fainter star.

Object: 36 – 24 Com Double… Double List
Date Observed: 7th May 2008. Time: 23.05 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 180C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 17.95 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼" Super Plössl 26 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Double readily separated with colours shown as “blue” and yellow”.

Object: 37 – Open Cluster in Sagittarius… M25 / IC4725
Date Observed: 1st September 2007. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 8 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and little cloud.
Transparency: partly clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Open cluster with good detail.

Object: 38 – Open Cluster in Gemini… M35 / NGC2168
Date Observed: 10th January 2008. Time: 22.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.50 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Open cluster with several hundred stars – beautiful.

Object: 39 – Open Cluster in Cepheus… NGC7510
Date Observed: 2nd September 2007. Time: 22.55 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 4 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight and cloud.
Transparency: clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Open cluster with good detail.

Object: 40 – Globular Cluster in Hercules… M92 / NGC6341
Date Observed: 2nd September 2007. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 4 Kph. Seeing Conditions: No moonlight and cloud.
Transparency: clear.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Very compact, relatively small in appearance, globular cluster.

Object: 41 – Tucanae… NGC104 SUBSTITUTED by Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici M3
Date Observed: 3rd May 2008. Time: 23.00 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 18C. Wind: 14 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and little cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.46 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼" Meade super Plössl 26 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
A compact core, readily seen, and stars show separation at the edges.

Object: 42 – Galaxy in Andromeda… NGC891
Date Observed: 11th September 2008. Time: 4.40 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 200C. Wind: zero. Seeing conditions: No Moon or cloud. Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 19.26 visual mag.per sq. arc sec. Eyepiece: 2" Tele Vue 17 mm Nagler type 4. Telescope: CPC 925.
Seen as a very feint line with a bright star at one end.

Object: 43 – Open Cluster in Ophiuchus… NGC6633
Date Observed: 2nd September 2007. Time 23.10 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 20C. Wind: 4 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight or cloud.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Transparency: clear.
Very beautiful large wide open cluster observed.

Object: 44 – Galaxy in Coma Berenices… M100 / NGC4321
Date Observed: 7th May 2008. Time: 22.55 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 180C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but moderate cloud.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 17.95 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼" Super Plössl 26 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Faint dense centre seen with “ fuzzy” outer.

Object: 45 – Table of Scorpius… NGC6231 SUBSTITUTED by Globular Cluster in Serpens M5
Date Observed: 3rd May 2008. Time: 23.10 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 18C. Wind: 14 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon and little cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.46 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 1¼" Meade supper Plössl 26 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Round bright core and some of the stars are resolved.

Object: 46 – Trifid Nebula… M20 / NGC6514
Date Observed: 2nd September 2007. Time: 23.20 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature 20C. Wind: 4 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight or cloud.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Transparency: clear.
Very beautiful, nebula seen at the top of the open cluster.

Object: 47 – Betelguese (Named Star)
Date Observed: 4th November 2007. Time: 23.15 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature 16C. Wind: 1Kph. Seeing conditions: No moonlight or cloud. Sky Quality
Meter: 18.7 visual magnitudes per square arc second.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 13 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Transparency: clear.
Truly great red super giant.

Object: 48 - Globular in Sagittarius... M55 / NGC6809
Date Observed: 27th July 2008. Time: 22.50 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 200C. Wind: 8 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.85 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2" Celestron Axiom 24 mm. Telescope: CPC 925.
Readily seen but faint… though some structure observed……centre more dense than diffuse outer.

Object: 49 – Open Cluster in Auriga… M36 / NGC1960
Date Observed: 10th January 2008 Time: 22.10 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 15C. Wind: 6 Kph. Seeing conditions: No moon or cloud.
Transparency: clear. Sky Quality Meter: 18.53 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2” Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925
Readily visible though not bright.

Object: 50 – Eagle Nebula & Cluster… M16 / NGC6611
Date Observed: 23rd June 2008. Time: 22.35 Hours.
Comments:
Temperature: 190C. Wind: 11 Kph. Seeing conditions: No Moon but little cloud.
Transparency: partly clear. Sky Quality Meter: 17.01 visual mag. per sq. arc sec.
Eyepiece: 2" Vixen LVW 42 mm. Telescope: CPC 925. Filter: Lumicon UHC.
The open star cluster was readily seen but it was necessary to bring out the nebula in some detail using the UHC filter. It was described by my wife, Barbara, “as narrow at the top and getting larger further down”.