NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Wayne Tang
NexStar Telescope Model(s): NexStar 8 SE


Object: 1 - Orion Nebula… M42 / NGC1976
Date Observed: 10/25/08 2:45am
Comments: Huge- nebulosity extends past 32mm view. Two arcs seen coming off the main nebula structure. Dark space between main trapezium area and rest of nebula. Whitish in color without nebula filter.

Object: 2 - Hercules Cluster… M13 / NGC6205
Date Observed: 9/10/08 20:26
Comments: Huge cluster - looks almost 3-D. many stars in one area, white-grayish color. Big in both 32mm and 25mm eyepieces.

Object: 3 – Ring Nebula… M57 / NGC6720
Date Observed: 9/10/08 19:54
Comments: 1/2 moon out, but clear skies. Small bluish donut in 25mm, very clear shape. 9/18/08, 20:29: Using 8mm eyepiece: saw star next to nebula and nebulosity in center of ring.

Object: 4 - Saturn
Date Observed: 1/5/09, 1:01
Comments: Lots of atmospheric turbulence. Seen with edge on at 32mm. Tried to use 8mm, with no success; too low on horizon.

Object: 6 – Andromeda… M31 / NGC224
Date Observed: 9/25/08, 23:32
Comments: Brighter than most clusters and nebulas observed so far. Quite big in 32mm. Has distinct "core" and is irregular in shape.

Object: 7 – Dumbbell Nebula… M27 / NGC6853
Date Observed: 9/5/08, 20:38
Comments: Very damp out, heater @20%/10% duty cycle. Object is high up in sky behind hill, very distinct double sphere in field of stars. Moon at 1/4. Not much color - is blue-white, medium sized in 32mm eyepiece.

Object: 8 – Pleiades / Seven Sisters… M45
Date Observed: 11/25/07 20:10
Comments: Observed while out looking at Comet Holmes. Very clear night - six of the stars in the area are visible. Photographed.

Object: 9 – Jupiter
Date Observed: 9/5/08
Comments: In slight cloud cover. Three bands visible with 2x multiplier, lots of atmospheric interference. 3 moons visible.

Object: 10 – Wild Duck Cluster… M11 / NGC6705
Date Observed: 9/5/08, 20:55
Comments: Like iron fillings - very tiny dots around a few stars. Sharp and distinct. Dim overall, impressive with multiplier.

Object: 11 – Bodes Galaxy… M81 / NGC3031 & Cigar Galaxy… M82 / NGC 3034
Date Observed: 1/5/09 0:31
Comments: M81- short fuzzy patch, bluish-gray, next to a few dim stars.
M82 - longer, thin like, also bluish gray.

Object: 12 – Swan Nebula… M17 / NGC6618
Date Observed: 10/23/08 19:19
Comments: Big blue patch using 32mm - visible even with moderate light pollution. Bright overall.

Object: 13 – Albireo-Double… Double List
Date Observed: 9/10/08 20:03
Comments: Observed using 25mm. Yellowish star next to dimmer blue star, which looks smaller. Brigther than surrounding stars.

Object: 14 – Perseus Double Cluster… NGC869 & NGC884
Date Observed: 9/16/08
Comments: Very low on horizon, but clear (right over Amy's lawn). 869 is small sized - it fits in 25mm. 884 is small sized, but more spread out and less visible - even lower on horizon.

Object: 15 – Whirlpool Galaxy… M51 / NGC5194
Date Observed: 2/3/09 2:40
Comments: Large bluish spot, with swirls. High up in the sky near end of Ursa Major.

Object: 16 – Lagoon Nebula… M8 / NGC6523
Date Observed: 10/23/08 9:23
Comments: "Core" visible next to an open cluster on 32mm. Very small, but bluish-white in color.

Object: 17 – Beehive Cluster… M44 / NGC2632
Date Observed: 1/5/09 0:19
Comments: Spread out, many yellowish stars in a triangular formation. High up in the sky. Barely fits in 32mm.

Object: 18 – Western Veil Nebula… NGC6960 & Eastern Veil Nebula… NGC6992
Date Observed: 9/5/08 20:47
Comments: Band of light blue haze, bigger than 32mm eyepiece. Can view with reducer. Many stars surrounding it.

Object: 20 – Globular in Sagittarius… M22 / NGC6656
Date Observed:9/5/08
Comments: Dim overall, background glow, large sphere of dots. Takes up half of 32mm.

Object: 21 – Butterfly Cluster… M6 / NGC6405
Date Observed: 9/10/08 20:22
Comments: Washed out - low on horizon - fits into 32mm eyepiece. Has three wings or leaves of many dim stars.

Object: 24 – Blue Snowball Planetary Nebula… NGC7662
Date Observed: 9/16/08 20:33
Comments: Looks like a blue planet, fuzzy with size about 10 of surrounding stars at 25mm.

Object: 25 – Spiral Galaxy… M66 / NGC3627
Date Observed: 1/16/09, 23:41
Comments: Low in sky by Saturn, next to four stars. Dim, but not as dim as M65. Very definite elongated shape.

Object: 26 – Coathanger – CR399… Asterism List
Date Observed 9/5/08 21:04
Comments: Not recognizable at first - only four of the curved stars on "hook" can fit in 32mm with the reducer. Moon is very low in the sky behind Susan's house. Easier to find and view with 10x50 binoculars. Next to "giant isosceles" asterism.

Object: 27 – Galaxy in Leo… M65 / NGC3623
Date Observed: 1/16/09 23:38
Comments: Low in sky, extremely dim. Had to use averted vision. Round circular patch.

Object: 28 – Ptolemy’s Cluster… M7 / NGC6475
Date Observed: 9/10/08 20:19
Comments: Low on horizon, sparse number of stars - spread out, but overall small cluster - almost fits into 32mm.
9/18/08, 20:03 - Very clear sky, no moon out yet. Big cluster - very spread out. Barely fits into 32mm - full of yellow and whitish bright stars. Much bigger than M6

Object: 29 – Bernice’s Hair Clip… NGC4565
Date Observed: 2/3/09 2:43
Comments: Long thin object, in 25mm eyepiece. Whitish, high up in sky.

Object: 30 – Globular in Pegasus… M15 / NGC7078
Date Observed: 9/05/08 20:43
Comments: Bright core, few stars around it. Whitish in color. Very round shape, small.

Object: 31 – Owl Cluster… NGC457
Date Observed: 9/16/08 20:36.
Comments: Small cluster (fits in 25mm). Has two bright yellow stars at one end and three dim ones exactly opposite.

Object: 32 – Milky Way
Date Observed: 6/11/2007, photographed at 1:37 on Angeles Crest Highway
Comments: Very distinct band of white. Western end is not as visible due to Los Angeles light pollution. Brightest near the top of the sky. Many, many star clusters observable with binoculars. M31 also easily visible. Normally, only one end near Sagittarius is observable in Irvine.

Object: 33 – Trapezium in Orion… Center of M42
Date Observed: 10/25/08 2:45
Comments: All four stars visible without nebula filter at 32mm.

Object: 34 – Open Cluster in Puppis… M46 / NGC2437
Date Observed: 1/5/09
Comments: Big cluster, barely fits in 32mm. High up in sky. Dim, but many stars inside.

Object: 36 – 24 Com Double… Double List
Date Observed: 2/3/09 2:27
Comments: Two yellowish stars side by side, easily split with 25mm. One star is smaller than the other.

Object: 37 – Open Cluster in Sagittarius… M25 / IC4725
Date Observed: 9/5/08 21:34
Comments: Small open cluster, medium distance between stars. Fits in 32mm.

Object: 38 – Open Cluster in Gemini… M35 / NGC2168
Date Observed:10/25/08 2:50
Comments: Huge cluster - fits (barely) in 32mm. Quite dense compared to other open clusters.

Object: 39 – Open Cluster in Cepheus… NGC7510
Date Observed: 9/16/08 20:31
Comments: Smudge in middle of 25mm - small cluster. Five stars visible, looks like a mini dipper.

Object: 40 – Globular Cluster in Hercules… M92 / NGC6341
Date Observed: 9/10/08 20:28
Comments: White, irregularly spiked sphere in 25mm. Dense glow from center

Object: 42 – Galaxy in Andromeda… NGC891
Date Observed: 9/25/08 23:38
Comments: Much less visible than Andromeda, only barely visible but high in the sky without moonlight. Looks like a gray patch in middle of 32mm.

Object: 43 – Open Cluster in Ophiuchus… NGC6633
Date Observed: 9/5/08 21:10
Comments: Clouds on horizon, moon blocked. Cluster is very spread out and requires reducer and movement of telescope to see. Visible with 10x50s easily.

Object: 47 – Betelgeuse… Named Star
Date Observed: 1/5/09 0:25
Comments: Very bright, orange yellowish star. Viewed with 32mm.

Object: 48 - Globular in Sagittarius... M55 / NGC6809
Date Observed: 10/23/08 19:31
Comments: Extremely dim, medium sized in 25mm. Surrounded by only a few stars. Looks like greyish blob of light.

Object: 49 – Open Cluster in Auriga… M36 / NGC1960
Date Observed: 10/23/08 22:22
Comments: Sparse cluster, low on horizon, takes up 2/4 of 25mm. Very easy to spot.