Old 28-06-2012, 09:32 PM
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Observations 22/6/12

First night in quite some time that there has been a gap in the clouds. It has been very frustrating with some clear starts to evenings - get the scope out and cooled and the clouds come over as soon as I'm ready to observe. But I did get a brief look in this night.


Telescope 400mm f4.9 tri-dob reflector Eyepieces 28mm UWAN, 17,13,9 mm Naglers, Paracorr
Navigation: Uranometria, Night Sky Observer’s Guide,
Seeing fair, transparency variable from poor to fair.

Messier 5 GC in Serpens Caput

175x Stunning bright GC with myriad resolved stars and a strong 4’ coreand 7’ dense halo of many stars around this and spilling out to cover at least 20’. Several trails of stars the most notable being one to the S curving to the E

NGC 5921 GX in Serpens Caput

250X 4’ long N-S bar with obvious nucleus in 2’ wide soft haze. This galaxy at the end of a curved line of 3 stars. The poor transparency precludes seeing spiral arms.
Haze in the northern sky necessitates heading for the southern sky.

NGC 6397 GC in Ara

175x Bright GC obvious in finderscope. Set in very rich star field. Fills much of the 28’ FOV, many resolved stars and bright 7’ core. Several trails of bright stars curve out from the core looking a bit like spiral arms. Numerous little pairs and trios of stars abound.

NGC 6208 OC in Ara

135x 20’ long N-S enrichment of stars in an incredibly rich field. The field makes it hard to find the edges of the cluster, but it looks like a zig-zag about 5’ wide with stars of roughly similar magnitude and colour.

NGC 6152 OC in Ara

90x Large 40’x30’ splash of >100 stars in very rich star field. Cluster members are varied in magnitude and colour and there are many loops and patterns of stars.
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Old 30-06-2012, 07:06 AM
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Hi Patrick. Nice little report with excellent descriptions, as always. The notes on 6208 remind me of some of the clusters in Puppis, same problem - where is the edge? Victoria has been copping some rotten weather of late, it just needs to settle down to a cool dry weather pattern. Cheers, Paul.
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Old 30-06-2012, 05:02 PM
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Nice report Paddy, thank you.
That GC in Ara sounds interesting- I shall have to explore it.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:42 PM
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Thanks Paul and Suzy.
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Old 17-07-2012, 08:08 PM
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Great report mate, think I'll have to do some searching in Ara sometime
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