Last updated: 4 June 2002
Subject: Messier objects and the ETX70AT Sent: Monday, June 3, 2002 18:42:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Carlos Family) I went to Towanda, PA this weekend and did some observing. I had quite a few Messier finds. A big difference dark sky makes (vs near NYC/NWK). On Friday I found the following: M13 - easiest to find very bright (I've actualy seen this one before many times together with the next 3) M5 - easy to spot as well M92 - close to M13 M3 - another bright one M51 - This one was tough to see, very faint but I could make out the two core with fuzzy cloud around them M11 - 1:10AM - This is a new find together with the next two M16 - 1:15AM M17 - 1:17AM On Saturday I found some already mentioned above (my version of a mini-Messier-marathon): M51 10:45PM - I reconfirmed this just to make sure I tought I saw it. Confirmed!!! M53 M57 - this was interesting. it was a circular fuzzy cloud with if looking with averted vision I tought I saw the hole M10 - new M12 - new M13 M92 M5 11:35PM M3 11:38PM M80 11:43PM - new start of many finds in Scorpious and Sagittarius M4 11:47PM - new M16\M17 11:50PM - new very close to each other M8 11:52PM - new very nice. the open cluster was definitely obvious but the fuzzy cloud needs averted vision M20 11:57PM/M21 12:00PM - new. these two are even closer to each other M25 12:02PM - new M11 12:05PM The #827 right angle helped alot in finding the objects when the Autostar losses alignment every now and then. I'm actually not sure why this happens. I did use Polaris to position the scope north and use a leveler to make sure the scope is leveled at 0degrees. I found this technique very useful and accurate instead of eyeballing or using a compass. Thanks Ed
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