Date Time: Oct 7, 2015 1400-1500hrs and 2100-2210hrs
Weather: Afternoon-Sunny, few clouds, windy 18C and lots of hornets
Evening-Clear, few thin clouds, no wind, 10C, no bugs.
Equipment: Afternoon- Telescope 8" Meade LX 200, with telerad and Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 mm and attached to scope at prime focus.
Evening- 20x80 binoculars on tripod, Sky & Telescopes Pocket Sky Atlas and Brent Watson's Finder Charts of The Messier Objects.
Attendance: David M.
- In the afternoon, set up scope and used it to view and image the Moon which was setting in the West.
- After dark around 2100 set up binoculars and located and viewed following deep sky objects.
- M8 Lagoon Nebula bright reds and blues. Setting in the SW.
- M20 Some nebulosity.
- M22 bright globular cluster
- M28 faint globular
- M25 bright, spread out cluster.
- M11 bright cluster with nebulosity? My first time viewing and finding.
- M31 Absolutely huge taking up most of field of view! In my opinion, binoculars is best way to view this object.
- M45 Many, many stars in field of view. Huge takes of most of field of view.
- Perseus Double Cluster, aka NGC 884 and NGC 869. Huge in field of view. Binoculars is a great way to view these side by side objects.
- M103 Bright cluster, a first time observing this object.
- While searching for M103, around Cassiopeia, it must be noted that there are many, many stars in in this region when scanning with binoculars. Same can be said for area to the right of and above Sagittarius.
- No shooting Stars or Satellites were observed.