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June 12 Viewing

Started by eyork, 06/18/2004 06:47AM
Posted 06/18/2004 06:47AM | Edited 06/18/2004 06:49AM Opening Post
Last Saturday night I was out in dark skies and had probably my best viewing night. I'm in the process of chasing the Messier list, so my view list typically comes directly from here with some intermittent sky surfing. My backyard is just over a mile from downtown Houston, so I have been able to check off only the brighter objects and I am now up to 63.

On Satuday, I viewed 42 Messier objects with 28 being new for me. A good bunch of these are faint fuzzies that I would never have hope of getting in or close to Houston. Below are the 28 new ones that I added. The other 14 are 13, 51, 101, 63, 94, 106, 53, 64, 87, 104, 92, M3, M5, M81.

Messier Constellation Magn Type Viewing Notes
M108 Ursa Major 10.1 Galaxy Faint
M109 Ursa Major 9.8 Galaxy Faint
M 85 Coma Berenices 9.2 Galaxy Faint
M 88 Coma Berenices 9.5 Galaxy Faint
M 91 Coma Berenices 10.2 Galaxy Faint
M 98 Coma Berenices 10.1 Galaxy Faint
M 99 Coma Berenices 9.8 Galaxy Faint
M100 Coma Berenices 9.4 Galaxy Faint
M 49 Virgo 8.4 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 58 Virgo 9.8 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 59 Virgo 9.8 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 60 Virgo 8.8 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 61 Virgo 9.7 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 84 Virgo 9.3 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 86 Virgo 9.2 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 89 Virgo 9.8 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 90 Virgo 9.5 Galaxy Faint, Realm of Galaxies, a bunch of puffy spots. Up to 4 in a view
M 9 Ophiuchus 7.9 Globular Cluster Nice, Faint, smaller then Herc
M 10 Ophiuchus 6.6 Globular Cluster Nice, smaller then Herc
M 12 Ophiuchus 6.6 Globular Cluster Nice, smaller then Herc
M 14 Ophiuchus 7.6 Globular Cluster Nice, Faint, smaller then Herc
M 19 Ophiuchus 7.2 Globular Cluster Nice, Faint, smaller then Herc
M107 Ophiuchus 8.1 Globular Cluster Faint Globular Cluster
M 29 Cygnus 6.6 Open Cluster Crowded sky in Milky Way - after not seeing MW for a 2 seasons
M 39 Cygnus 4.6 Open Cluster Crowded sky in Milky Way - after not seeing MW for a 2 seasons
M 56 Lyra 8.3 Globular Cluster Small Glob
M 57 Lyra 9.0 Planetary Nebula Very Cool. A little odd, faint. Did not see the central star
M 27 Vulpecula 8.1 Planetary Nebula Good size like a thick smudge - light gray, very visible.

Probably my favorites of the night were M81/82, M53, M51, M56, M27. It was also nice to see the Milky Way. I didn't chase anything in Scorpio because it hit a gap in the trees as I was breaking down, but it jumped off the sky.

EY
Posted 06/18/2004 10:25AM #1
Ed,
Which scope do you use?
Posted 06/18/2004 10:26AM #2
Wow,
Looks like you've got star-hopping down pat!
Mike