NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Gary Ogilvie
NexStar Telescope Model(s): N8

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Object: 1, Orion Nebula M42
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0400 hours Mountain Daylight Savings time (MDS)
Comments: Always good, 30mm split trapezium stars. Good contrast between gas clouds and stars

Object: 2, Hercules cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 1940 MDS
Comments: big, but mostly fuzz with 30 mm. Seeing wouldn’t allow 14mm. Have seen it more defined.

Object: 3, Ring Nebula
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 1943 MDS
Comments: Pretty good contrast in14mm. Some lobe shape discernable. No central star visible.

Object: 4, Saturn
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0405 MDS
Comments: My favorite object and my "seeing" test. Cassinni barely visible in 14mm. Seeing = 7.

Object: 5, Moon
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 1830 MDS
Comments: Waxing. Able to use 9mm with moon filter. Rays very defined.

Object: 6, Andromeda Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0430 MDS
Comments: Another favorite for naked eye and bino views. Good tonight in 14mm.

Object: 7, Dumbbell Nebula
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 1946 MDS
Comments: Good in 30 mm. Good contrast.

Object: 8, Pleiades
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0435 MDS
Comments: Always pretty. Used 40 mm, but best in binos. Naked eye count challenging.

Object: 9, Jupiter
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0403 MDS
Comments: Another favorite and seeing test. Tonight only two bands, no GRS in 14mm.

Object: 10, Wild Duck Cluster
Date Observed: 10/18/01 at 2230 MDS
Comments: bright and dense in 14mm but fuzzy –poor seeing, quit after a few objects.

Object: 11, Bodes Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0438 and 0439 MDS
Comments: Used 14mm and went to individually, then put in 30mm and could see both together – always amazing. Good Contrast. Bode’s spiral not visible, but fair contrast. Cigar disk also fair contrast.

Object: 12, Swan Nebula
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 1950 MDS
Comments: 14mm ok, but 30 mm had best contrast. Sag on south horizon and not as good for seeing.

Object: 13, Albireo
Date Observed: 10/18/01 at 2130 MDS
Comments: Split with no problem in 30 mm. Seeing not so good but definite color differences visible.

Object: 14, Perseus Double Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0441 MDS
Comments: Can find with naked eye on dark nights. Not dense, but good in binos. Used 40mm

Object: 15, Whirlpool Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0450 MDS
Comments: Could see both it and small companion in 30mm. Always amazing to me.

Object: 16, Lagoon Nebula
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2000 MDS
Comments: 30mm. Near Horizon and poor contrast. Dark portions not so apparent, and nebula smaller.

Object: 17, Beehive Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0455 MDS
Comments: ok in 30mm or 40mm, but not one of my favorites. Best in binos. Not very dense, but bright.

Object: 18, Veil Nebulas
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2005 and 2006 MDS
Comments: Poor contrast. Much better when no moon. 6960 hardly visible, but star bright. 6992 thin.

Object: 20, M22 Globular
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2007 MDS
Comments: First found in binos months ago and have always enjoyed it. Big but not too bright tonight.

Object: 21, Butterfly Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2003 MDS
Comments: On horizon but ok, with a few brighter stars visible. Not one of my favorites. Not dense.

Object: 22, Epsilon Lyra 1&2.
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2009 MDS
Comments: Could see elongation, but couldn’t split binaries due to poor seeing.

Object: 24, Blue Snowball
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0515 MDS
Comments: Small white blur about 6 times the size of nearby stars. Used 14mm.

Object: 25, M66 Spiral Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0518 MDS
Comments: Found in 30mm. Contrast poor due to morning sky. Face on galaxy, but blurry.

Object: 26, Coathanger Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2015 MDS
Comments: Visible by naked eye near Cygnus. Good in binos. Easy to pick out 10 hanger stars once seen

Object: 27, Leo Galaxy M65
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0533 MDS
Comments: Had to wait until early morning to get Leo on horizon. Used 30mm and contrast poor. Small

Object: 28, M7 Ptolemy’s Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2016 MDS
Comments: Serpens only made it to horizon so only brighter stars visible and blurry. Better when higher.

Object: 29, Bernice’s Hair Clip
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0535 MDS
Comments: Comae Bernice only up in late morning. Found small, bright cigar in 30mm. Poor contrast.

Object: 30, M15 Globular Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2017 MDS
Comments: Small but bright despite moon light. Used 30mm

Object: 31, Owl Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0536 MDS
Comments: ok, but too small to be one of the more impressive open clusters.

Object: 32, Milky Way
Date Observed: 10/19/01
Comments: Used naked eye mostly this night. Counted 20 constellations. Milky Way almost always visible from home, and prefer the part by Altair, Vega and Deneb. One of the first constellations I look for (after the dippers) is Cassy and then Cygnus, swimming along the Milky Way. All kinds of clusters, nebulas (including No. American, Veil, Ring, and Dumbbell), and constellations near this "Summer Triangle" of stars in the Milky Way.

Object: 33, Trapezium
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0550 MDS
Comments: All four visible in 30mm, with star "c" visibly brighter. Pretty good contrast.

Object: 34, M46 cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0555 MDS
Comments: Wow, one of the "m’s" I’ve never gotten/seen. Surprised I could get Puppis. Used 30mm, ok.

Object: 37, M25 Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0535 MDS
Comments: Big, but not real bright due to sky light. Better when Sag not on horizon.

Object: 38, M35 Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0607 MDS
Comments: Had to wait until Gemini came up, but sky light and poor contrast. Ok in 30mm. A lot like M46.

Object: 39, Cepheus Cluster NGC7510
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0608 MDS
Comments: very small, but quite dense, more like globular cluster. Blurry, low contrast in morning sky.

Object: 40, M92 Globular Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2022 MDS
Comments: Surprised when N8 went to it. Quite bright, a lot like M15.

Object: 42, NGC891 Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0613 MDS
Comments: Ok – obviously an edge on galaxy, but not real big in 30mm.

Object: 43, Open Cluster NGC6633
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2028 MDS
Comments: Big, moon size, but not many stars and not real bright.

Object: 44, M100 Galaxy
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0618 MDS
Comments: Small, but bright in 30mm. Low Contrast from sky light made it a blur.

Object: 46, Triffid Nebula
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2031 MDS
Comments: Good, despite moon light. In lower sky and nebula lobes not as visible as star cluster.

Object: 47, Betelguese
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0400 MDS
Comments: My favorite star due to it’s unusual color and brilliance.

Object: 48, M55 Globular
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2044 MDS
Comments: Mostly a big blur due to being low in sky. Seen it better during summer.

Object: 49, M36 Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 0621 MDS
Comments: Near M37 and M38. Not as impressive. Sky light caused poor contrast.

Object: 50, Eagle Nebula and Cluster
Date Observed: 10/26/01 at 2034 MDS
Comments: Moon light made nebula dim, but cluster was bright. Better in dark sky.