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From Messier to Barsoom.

20 Jun 2016, 09:47 UTC
From Messier to Barsoom.
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The Plough - Join the dots..I set the telescope up at about 10.30 p.m. and waited for Mars to show its face from behind the trees at the end of the garden.While waiting I trained the scope on to a few Messier objects around the Plough.It would be the first time I had used this scope (305mm/f5) from my home location.Here are some of the observations I made last night: M-97 - The Owl Nebula. Stands out easily as a faint fuzzy patch!, though no doubt a darker sky background will add to the overall contrast.M-108 - Easily spotted in the 30mm eyepiece (x50) plus M97 was spotted in the same field of view.Move M108 to one side of the 30mm eyepiece field of view and you will find M97 at the other side of the field of view.M-51- The Whirlpool Galaxy. Considering that the sky background was not totally dark the whirlpool was easily found.Both fuzzy patches noted, with a hints of added surrounding nebulous detail.After spending some time circling the Plough, I slewed the scope over towards Cygnus the Swan.M-13 - This globular cluster in Hercules looked amazing, much brighter than in the Schmidt C8. With the 9mm ...

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