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bagged the beehive
Posted by Russko
on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:44 AM
hi there new member so first of all let me say hi! fairly new to astronomy have had the bug since mid october and seriously think that what ive learnt through many many online discussions, observing reports and every other thing you can think of i think ive probally gained a year or two of knowledge just in the last couple of months, anyway first report so il keep it quick, i use a pair of olympus 10x50 bins (currently not mounted) tripod on the way! :) to observe and so far have had great views of the moon and jupiter transits, have managed to see venus in the early evening and mars in the early morning, have been able to tick M31,M42 and M45 off from my fairly LP backyard, have been out to the brecon beacons on one occasion which is an international dark sky site about an hours drive away at most and was amazed at the amount of stars seen from here, id prob put the magnitude up to 6 atleast, only able to get a brief session here as rain and clouds soon put a stop to a very anticipatednight of observing, anyway managed to bag M33 from this location, tried to look for M81 and M82 but unfortuntely could not get them into view :( hmmmm, i use pocket sky atlas by roger smith and also ive got myself a celestron red torch and green laser pointer to help the mrs with locating objects, last night from my backyard with a nearly full moon and plenty of window lights about i managed to easily see the beehive cluster which i was very pleased to add another object to my list, love looking at the hyades and cant understand why theyre not catalogued as a messer or NGC number they look fantastic!. anyway hope to post some more reports on here soon, have a horizon 2 way heavy duty tripod on the way, pair of 20x80 bins by orion coming next month and looking to get an 8'' dob for the summer and one day a nice ED80 frac for imaging.