NexStar 50 Club Observation Log

Name: Willie K. Yee, M.D.
NexStar Telescope Model(s): NexStar 8 SE
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Object: 1 - Orion Nebula… M42 / NGC1976
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain Farm
32 mm TV Plossl and Orion Sky Glow Filter. Visible without any filters in spite of 3 days to Full Moon.

Object: 2 - Hercules Cluster… M13 / NGC6205
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Speers-Waler 17 mm eyepiece

Object: 3 – Ring Nebula… M57 / NGC6720
Date Observed: 6/17/10
Comments: First Light ! Ring characteristic visible
25 mmPl eyepiece

Object: 4 - Saturn
Date Observed: 7/3/10
Comments: 44/55 c/ R. Rizzo, rings nearly edge on, one band on planet

Object: 5 – Moon
Date Observed: 6/18/10
Comments: Terminator at 1st quarter

Object: 6 – Andromeda… M31 / NGC224
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Celestron 25 mm Plossl

Object: 7 – Dumbbell Nebula… M27 / NGC6853
Date Observed: 7/3/10
Comments: 44/55 site w. R. Rizzo
40 mm TV Pl

Object: 8 – Pleiades / Seven Sisters… M45
Date Observed: 8/8/10
Comments: Confirmed with binoculars. Unable to see entire cluster at once in NS8 field.
20 mm Nagler Type 5

Object: 9 – Jupiter
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Speers-Waler 17 mm eyepiece; First obs. with a telescope of my own! 2 bands, 4 moons

Object: 10 – Wild Duck Cluster… M11 / NGC6705
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party
Speers-Waler 17mm w/UHF filter

Object: 11 – Bodes Galaxy… M81 / NGC3031 & Cigar Galaxy… M82 / NGC 3034
Date Observed: M81-7/2/10 M82 7/3/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party / 44/55 site w. R. Rizzo
Speers-Waler 17mm

Object: 12 – Swan Nebula… M17 / NGC6618
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party

Object: 13 – Albireo-Double… Double List
Date Observed: 6/18/10
Comments: Beautiful !

Object: 14 – Perseus Double Cluster… NGC869 & NGC884
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TeleVue 40 mm Plossl

Object: 15 – Whirlpool Galaxy… M51 / NGC5194
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party
40 mm TV Pl

Object: 16 – Lagoon Nebula… M8 / NGC6523
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party
UHF filter

Object: 17 – Beehive Cluster… M44 / NGC2632
Date Observed: 3/27/11
Comments: MHAA monthly star party; 24 Panoptic, observed many previous occasions in other scopes

Object: 18 – Western Veil Nebula… NGC6960 & Eastern Veil Nebula… NGC6992
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
O-III filter. Confirmed by David Rosseter

Object: 19 – Omega Centauri… NGC5139
Date Observed: 3/3/11
Comments: At Winter Star Party, Florida Keys; 20 mm binoviewers

Object: 20 – Globular in Sagittarius… M22 / NGC6656
Date Observed: 7/5/10
Comments: c/M.Ford

Object: 21 – Butterfly Cluster… M6 / NGC6405
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Celes. 25 mm Plossl

Object: 22 – Double Double – Epsilon Lyra 1 & 2… Double List
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Split in Epsilon 1 very difficult to see. Confirmed by other observers.
9/1/10 Finally, both doubles definitively split! Orion binoviewers with 20 mm Plossl and 2x Barlow did the trick where all other eyepieces failed.

Object: 23 – Jewel Box… NGC4755
Date Observed:
Comments: REPLACED WITH ALTERNATE CHOICE

Object: 24 – Blue Snowball Planetary Nebula… NGC7662
Date Observed: 8/14/10
Comments: @Michael Kurdish Natural History Preserve
32 mm TV Pl

Object: 25 – Spiral Galaxy… M66 / NGC3627
Date Observed: 3/27/11
Comments: 17 N 4; sketeched; M65 in same field

Object: 26 – Coathanger – CR399… Asterism List
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 32 mm Plossl

Object: 27 – Galaxy in Leo… M65 / NGC3623
Date Observed: 3/27/11
Comments: 17N4; M66 in same field

Object: 28 – Ptolemy’s Cluster… M7 / NGC6475
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 Plossl

Object: 29 – Bernice’s Hair Clip… NGC4565
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Cel. 25 Plossl

Object: 30 – Globular in Pegasus… M15 / NGC7078
Date Observed: 8/7/10
Comments: Adirondack Astronomy Retreat
6 mm AstroTech LER

Object: 31 – Owl Cluster… NGC457
Date Observed: : 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 mm Pl

Object: 32 – Milky Way
Date Observed: 7/3/10
Comments: 44/55 c/ R. Rizzo; while searching for M29 which was lost in MW
TV 40 mm Pl

Object: 33 – Trapezium in Orion… Center of M42
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain Farm. TV 32mm Plossl

Object: 34 – Open Cluster in Puppis… M46 / NGC2437
Date Observed: 2/28/11
Comments: Winter Star Party; 55mm TV Plossl

Object: 35 – Double Triangle (Star Gate)… Asterism List
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
AstroTech 6mm LER

Object: 36 – 24 Com Double… Double List
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
AstroTech 6mm LER

Object: 37 – Open Cluster in Sagittarius… M25 / IC4725
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 Plossl

Object: 38 – Open Cluster in Gemini… M35 / NGC2168
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain Farm.
TV 32 mm Plossl

Object: 39 – Open Cluster in Cepheus… NGC7510
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 mm Plossl

Object: 40 – Globular Cluster in Hercules… M92 / NGC6341
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Some individual stars resolved.

Object: 41 – Tucanae… NGC104
Date Observed:
Comments: REPLACED WITH ALTERNATE CHOICE

Object: 42 – Galaxy in Andromeda… NGC891
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 mm Plossl. No detail with Cel 25 mm. Still low in sky (23:30)

Object: 43 – Open Cluster in Ophiuchus… NGC6633
Date Observed: 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY

Object: 44 – Galaxy in Coma Berenices… M100 / NGC4321
Date Observed: : 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
Cel 25 mm Pl

Object: 45 – Table of Scorpius… NGC6231
Date Observed:
Comments: REPLACED WITH ALTERNATE CHOICE

Object: 46 – Trifid Nebula… M20 / NGC6514
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party
UHF filter

Object: 47 – Betelgeuse… Named Star
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain Farm. Yellow color obvious.
TV 32 Pl

Object: 48 - Globular in Sagittarius... M55 / NGC6809
Date Observed: : 7/11/10
Comments: Amateur Observation Society 2010 Star Party, Roxbury, NY
TV 40 mm Pl

Object: 49 – Open Cluster in Auriga… M36 / NGC1960
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain Farm. 32 mm TV Plossl.

Object: 50 – Eagle Nebula & Cluster… M16 / NGC6611
Date Observed: 7/2/10
Comments: MHAA July Star Party
UHF filter


REPLACEMENTS FOR:
Jewel Box… NGC4755
Tucanae… NGC104
Table of Scorpius… NGC6231

Alternate Objects

Sol… Our Mr. Sun
Date Observed: 3/27/11
Comments: Meade 80 ED APO on NexStar Mount. 6 mm LER eyepiece, AstroZap Solar Filter. Many sunspots. Photographed through 15mm SkyWatcher SWA and posted at http://www.willieyee.info/Sun_3-27-11.jpg

Globular Cluster in Aquarius… M2 / NGC7089
Date Observed: 8/8/10
Comments: Messier finder chart shows a diffuse open cluster. I observed a tight globular cluster, as confirmed in O’Meara’s The Messier Objects. Conclusion: Finder chart is in error.

Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici… M3 / NGC5272
Date Observed: 7/5/10
Comments: Maureen’s house: 25 mm stock Celestron Plossl
Open Cluster in Auriga… M37 / NGC2099
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain; 32 mm TV Plossl

Open Cluster in Auriga… M38 / NGC1912
Date Observed: 9/21/10
Comments: Stone Mountain; 32 mm TV Plossl

Globular Cluster in Serpens… M5 / NGC5904
Date Observed: 4/21/11
Comments: 17N4 eyepiece. My last object on this list!! Seen last year in another scope. Waited weeks this year for clouds to clear once it was theoretically in view. Fortunately by now I have learned to align the NexStar, and it is quite accurate. Found this (and other objects this night) instantly. Sketched.