Last updated: 16 September 2004

Subject:	ETX-125 observation report - Manchester, UK - 09/15/04
Sent:	Thursday, September 16, 2004 05:49:15
From:	Culpan, Gary (
Please find attached an ETX-125 observation report from Manchester UK,

Nice clear skies, fairly cold. Very calm - no breeze. Suburban skies so
not really optimum viewing.

A quality evening's viewing ending with a very welcome visitor !

Set the scope up at 21:50 and finished observing at about 23:25. Ninety
minute of intensive viewing.

When you see the list of stuff observed in this time with many trees and
houses in the way it makes the scope even more remarkable.

Had to move the scope twice, therefore two fresh two star alignments
needed but very quick and easy to do.

Messier Objects

M2  Aquarius    New one for me - a bright globular cluster.
M11 Scutum  Wild Duck Cluster - one of my favourites - superb !
            It's like looking at a city from space.

M13 Hercules    Great but I think there are better ones. Can resolve
lots of stars.
M15 Pegasus Great compact, bright globular.
M27 Vulpecula   Dumbell Nebula - can clearly see dumbell shape. Like
3D in the 40mm.
M29 Cygnus  Unremarkable open cluster.
M31 Andromeda   Bright fuzzy blob. Looks like a globular to me.
M39 Cygnus  Great, bright open cluster - many stars.
M52 Cassiopeia  Small open cluster - not great.
M56 Lyra        Faint globular. Can just about see it with averted
M57 Lyra        Ring Nebula - just brilliant. Great with high power.
M71 Sagitta Very faint globular.
M72 Aquarius    Faint globular - couldn't see it !
M73 Aquarius    Faint globular - could just about make something
M92 Hercules    This is much better than M13 in my opinion.

Forgot to look at M16.

NGC Objects

NGC869/NGC884   Double Cluster in Perseus. This is just the best for me.

Double stars

Pi Aquilae      Tests the limits of the scopes resolving power.
            Two faintish stars only 1.4 arc secs apart.  Easy
split !

Alpha Hercules  Rasalgethi. Lovely double.

Almaak      Gamma Andromeda. A mini-Albireo. Stunning yellow/blue.


Now this is where the ETX excelled. I set the scope up so Aquarius area was
in full view.
I aligned to a star in Aquarius and performed a synch so it made the slewing
very accurate indeed.

Punched in Uranus and there it was in the centre of the 40mm (47x) eyepiece!
I could tell it was different to a star but need confirmation so I swapped
eyepieces for the 6.4mm (297x) one.... 
A huge green disk was floating in the centre of the field of view !  Well it
wasn't huge but was clearly a disk.
It was clearly green - no doubt about it. Better was to come...

I tapped in Neptune and the scope duly slewed across Aquarius/Capricornus...
I'd forgotten to swap to a lower mag eyepiece and then the scope stopped
I looked in the eyepiece expecting to see nothing but.....
Smack bang in the centre of the field of view was a blue disk.....Neptune !

Right in the centre of a 6.4mm eyepiece field of view at 297x I tell
you...Remarkable !

It was getting a tad nippy so I decided to turn the scope off and carried it
towards my house to retire for the night.

I quickly glanced to the east and guess what was there ?  Hanging there
resplendently sparkling between two trees...

The first sign that Winter is on it's way............

The Pleiades !!!

Well sack going in the house now I thought and the scope was duly put back
on the deck.

No need for fancy alignments - just line it up and away we go. Beautiful it
was too.

Bit too big for the 40mm eyepiece so I'll have to get the 56mm next !

So add M45 to the list of Messier objects.


16 Messier objects, 1 NGC object, 3 double stars and 2 planets - all in 90
minutes !

I just love this scope - it's an object of beauty.

Gary Culpan
Manchester UK

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