Tuesday, 11 December 2012

M42 - M43



M42-M43 / NGC1976-1982 / Orion nebula
Constellation - Orion
Bright nebula
Distance - 1500Ly
Mag 3.7

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - Average
SQM - 21.63 (LM 6.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 17.3mm Delos x109 TFoV 0.39˚

Sketch notes
Looked amazing in my new 16" with lots of detail in the gas clouds in M42.
I tried UHC and OIII filters but preferred the unfiltered view as I found the filters too agresive on the fainter parts of the nebulosity and generally didnt really improve the view.
I used the 17.3mm Delos as it filled the FoV and showed more detail than my low power Nagler.

M77



M77 / NGC1068 / Cetus A
Constellation - Cetus
Spiral galaxy
Distance - 47MLy
Mag 8.9

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
Transparency - Poor
SQM 21.45 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 8mm Delos x236 TFoV 0.18˚

Sketch notes
Very small galaxy that improved with lots of magnification. Bright core makes it an easy find even with low mag EP's.
High level cloud made the transparency poor making it very difficult to see any detail but I could just make out a couple spiral arms inside the halo of the galaxy.
Very nice object and will go back to under better conditions.

M1



M1 / NGC1952 / Crab nebula
Constellation - Taurus
Supernova remnant
Distance - 6500Ly
Mag 8.4

Date 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - Poor
SQM - 21.64 (LM 6.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 14mm Delos x135 TFoV 0.32˚

Sketch notes
Poor transparency was making these fainter objects very tricky to see and real detail but a few brief moments gave me enough time to see the shape and some structure. Very few background stars.
Last time I viewed M1 was with my 8" so this was still a huge improvement on the very faint smudge that I saw before.

M39



M38 / NGC7902
Constellation - Cygnus
Open cluster
Distance - 950Ly
Mag 4.6

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - Average
SQM - 21.56 (LM 6.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
I was glad to get this sketch done and finish of the last of my summer Messier sketches.
I actually found it quite hard to find as it was almost hidden away in a backdrop of thousands of stars in out Milky way. I could of spent hours trying to add all the stars that filled the FoV but instead chose just to include the main brighter stars that make the object.

M44


M44 / NGC2632 / Beehive cluster
Constellation - Cancer
Open cluster
Distance - 515Ly
Mag 3.1

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - Average
SQM - 21.64 (LM6.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
Large open cluster that was easily a naked eye object. Bright stars really stood out from the dimmer background stars. Interesting cluster.

M78


M78 / NGC 2068
Constellation - Orion
Diffuse nebula
Distance - 1630Ly
Mag 8

Date - 10/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
Transparency - Poor
SQM - 21.59 (LM 6.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 14mm Delos x135 TFoV 0.32˚

Sketch notes
I think the best way to describe M78 is that it looks like a thumb print in the sky with no detail just a very faint star in the centre. Very few background stars and an easy find.

Monday, 10 December 2012

M35



M35 / NGC2168
Constellation - Gemini
Open cluster
Distance - 2800Ly
Mag 5.1

Date - 8/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi IV
SQM - 20 (LM 5.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
Nice open cluster but transparency and seeing greatly effected the view

M36



M36 / NGC1960
Constellation - Auriga
Open cluster
Distance - 4100Ly
Mag - 6

Date - 8/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi IV
SQM 19.9 (LM 5.3)

Telescope 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x 73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
Bright stars making an upside down T shape, surrounded by a few faint stars. Again, poor transparency and seeing.

M37



M37 / NGC2099
Constellation - Auriga
Open cluster
Distance - 4400Ly
Mag 5.6

Date 8/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM 20 (LM 5.4)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
Slightly more dense in stars compared with the other evenings clusters but also notably dimmer.

M38



M38 / NGC1912
Constellation - Auriga
Open cluster
Distance - 4200Ly
Mag - 6.4

Date - 8/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi IV
SQM - 19.9 (LM 5.3)

Telescope - 16" f/4.5
EP - 26mm Nagler x73 TFoV 1.1˚

Sketch notes
Once again a faint cluster due to poor seeing/transparency but probably my favourite in Auriga as it sits amongst a richer background of stars.

M45



M45 / Pleiades
Constellation - Taurus
Open cluster
Dsiatnce - 407Ly
Mag - 1.5

Date 8/12/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM 19.8 (LM 5.3)

12x60 Finder
EP 17.3 Delos x14 TFoV 5.32˚

Sketch notes
My 12x60 finder and 17mm Delos gave a very good magnification to see the true shape of M45 which just wasn't capable by using my main scope so I'd say this was the best view I've ever had of it!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sumerian updates.....


I've had the Sumerian for just over a month now and it has seen dark skies three times.
Initial thoughts on the scope construction and how it handles in the field are very positive with Alt/Azi movements beautifully smooth and all my EP's are balance near enough perfect.

One major problem....I was given a rough 16" GSO primary so the views were very dim and not up to par. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement!
After explaining the views to Michael at Sumerian he immediately set about trying to rectify the problem but we soon found out that Teleskop Service (where he bought the mirror) didnt have any more 16" GSO's in stock and nothing was coming in until Febuary 2013. The solution for the time being is that Michael has lent me his own 16" GSO until that new stock arrives at TS (TS have also said that all those mirrors will be tested before shipping).

So I could point the finger of blame towards Sumerian for not fully testing the scope before shipping but I have to admit that I was pushing Sumerian to send the scope ASAP and due to cloudy weather they werent able to give it that final test.
I am very happy with the way Sumerian have dealt with my problem mirror though, the customer service they have shown has been superb!

On a side note - I was contemplating buying a Orion OpticsUK 16" f/4 primary instead of a replacement GSO). I emailed OOUK enquiring about there mirrors and received short, blunt and unhelpful replies, not what I was expecting considering I was going to spend £1500 on one of there mirrors!



Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sumerian - Incoming!!!!!!

16" f/4.5 Sumerian Canopus

Back at the start of August I made the decision to put the deposit down on a new telescope from Sumerian Optics. I was told the the scope would take 3 months to build and true to his word Michael has finished it on time and its about to wing its way to my sunny piece of Cornwall.
Anyway...here it is all finished, its being shipped on Monday so I'm hoping to receive it by the end of next week so only seven more sleepless nights to go!! :)

More photos and details as soon as I get my grubby mitts on it.















Thursday, 27 September 2012

Lunar sketch - Aristarchus



Crater Aristarchus sketched last night in between spells of low level cloud which eventually stopped me  from adding the finishing touches so in a way this sketch isnt quite complete.
Nearly 25 miles in diameter and 2.3 miles deep with Prinz (lower left) and Bayley (top) craters nearby.

Antoniadi IV seeing so I used a fairly low power 7mm Pentax XW giving me x218 magnification.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

M74



M74 / NGC628 / The Phantom
Constellation - Pisces
Spiral galaxy
Distance - 32 Million Ly
Mag - 9.4

Date - 22/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.24 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 17.3mm Delos x88 TFoV 0˚49

Sketch notes
An easy find with direct vision but even after spending time with averted vision and changing EP's I still found it really hard to pick out any finer detail, infact only one spiral arm was seen sweeping around and over the top of the galaxy. Compared to M33 this was a small galaxy and any detail found was soon lost by increasing EP magnification. Very few background stars in this area.

M56



M56 / NGC6779
Constellation - Lyra
Globular cluster
Distance - 31000 Ly
Mag - 8.4

Date - 21/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.27 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Fuzzy glob but easily resolved to the core with a couple 'branches' sweeping out into a busy background of Milky way stars.

M33



M33 / NGC598 / Triangulum galaxy
Constellation - Triangulum
Spiral galaxy
Distance - 2.3 million Ly
Mag - 6.2

Date - 22/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM - 21.20 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 17.3mm Delos x88 TFoV 0˚49

Sketch notes
An easy find in both 10x50 binos and the scope.
At first sight I couldnt pick out any detail just an oval smudge which wasnt very bright at all. Swapping between low and medium power EP's really helped to show just how big the galaxy is. Although a low power EP (x59) made the galaxy appear brighter I wasnt able to see the spiral arms until I slightly increased the magnification up to x88 and after a while of using averted vision two main spiral arms appeared branching out pointing NW to SW. After a while longer I started to notice a slight mottling effect in the arms and also a faint suggestion of smaller arms each side of the main ones. Averted vision also brought out faint stars within the galaxy which would pop out only to dissapear agin with direct vision.
Although we had fairly dark skies at the zenith Plymouths skyglow to the East probably didnt help viewing this and M74 but I am quite happy that I managed to get this amount of detail. I found it similar to the Whirlpool galaxy where you had to put a bit of 'work' into it to eventually see any detail.
A definate must see when observing under dark skies.

M29



M29 / NGC6913 / Cooling Tower
Constellation - Cygnus
Open cluster
Distance - 4400 Ly
Mag - 6.6

Date - 21/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM - 21.26 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 17.3mm Delos TFoV 0˚49

Sketch notes
Small cluster of stars which were fairly tricky to ID because of all the back ground stars from the Milky way, the only thing that made the cluster standout was that they are brighter at around mag 8.
No idea why it has been given the name Cooling Tower??

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

M73



M73 / NGC6994
Constellation - Aquarius
Asterism
Distance - Unknown
Mag - 8.9

Date - 19/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.17 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
hmmmm....dont know what to think of this really?! Come to think of it I dont know what Mr Messier was thinking when he added to his list as there was nothing that made me think it was anything like a comet!
Its a small 'cluster' of four stars which is quite easy to look over when searching for it. At low power (x59) I could only just seperate the stars but it took a medium power EP and another sweep of the area to confirm its ID and increase the power for the sketch.

M72




M72 / NGC6981
Constellation - Aquarius
Globular cluster
Distance - 56400 Ly
Mag - 9.2

Date - 19/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.13 (NELM 6.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Fairly dim but was able to resolve all the stars to the centre.
No real shape to the outside stars.

M9



M9 / NGC6333
Constellation - Ophiucus
Globular cluster
Distance - 225000 Ly
Mag - 7.8

Date - 18/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.02 (NELM 6.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Evenly spread brightness although just wasnt enough to show any real detail and resolve alot of stars so remained a fuzzy blob.
Once again very few surrounding stars.

M75



M70 / NGC6864
Constellation - Sagittarius
Globular cluster
Distance - 59300 Ly
Mag - 8.6

Date - 18/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.15 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Small and distant globular with very bright core, once again few background stars to add to the sketch.
Unable to resolve hardly any stars but still an intersting globular to observe as its different appearance to others.

M30



M30 / NGC7099
Constellation - Sagittarius
Globular cluster
Distance - 26700 Ly
Mag - 6.9

Date - 19/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.06 (NELM 6.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Most striking globular of the evening with a bright core which spread out evenly showing three main arms underneath.
Lack of fainter stars on the FoV possibly due to fairly poor seeing.

M10



M10 / NGC6254
Constellation - Ophiucus
Globular cluster
Distance - 14300Ly
Mag - 6.6

Date - 18/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi III some cloud
SQM - 21.10 (NELM 6.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch notes
Suprised to see a fairly faint and fuzzy glob considering is 6.6 magnitude but this could be due to poor fairly conditions?
Medium size with evenly spread brightness from the core, three noticeable 'arms' branch out while the core remained very hard to resolve.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

M55




M55 / NGC6809
Constellation - Sagittarius
Globular cluster
Distance - 17000 Ly

Date - 14/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM - 21.11 (NELM 6.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 17.3mm Delos x88 TFoV 0˚49

Sketch materials - White pastel pencil and white ink pen

Sketch notes
Large globular cluster which gradually brightens from the core but with few bright stars, this was the case when I viewed it with higher mags aswell.
One satellite and two comets streaked through the FoV while observing M55!!

M54



M54 / NGC6715
Constellation - Sagittaius
Globular cluster
Distance - 70000 Ly

Date - 14/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM 20.9 (NELM 6)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch materials - White pastel pencil

Sketch notes
Suprised at how small and dim this globular was with hardly any resolvable stars.
Must be the faintest Messier globular?

M31/M32/M110



M31/NGC224 M32/221 M110/NGC205 - The Andromeda galaxy
Constellation - Andromeda
Spiral galaxy
Distance - 2.3 million Ly

Date - 15/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM 21.24 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 26mm T5 Nagler x59 TFoV 1˚39

Sketch materials - White pastels, black charcoal and white ink pen.

Sketch notes
Easily naked eye object, appeared as a large grey smudge. 1 1/2 hours spent observing this galaxy and could spend alot more time on it but dew started to settle on my primary towards the end of the sketch.
Two notable dark regions of spiral arms and sometimes caught glimpses of dark lanes around the sides of M31.
M110 was fairly dim with no real core visible where M32 glowed like a very large fuzzy star.
Using x158 power I could see dozens of 'stars' within M31.
Looking forward to coming back to Andromeda with a more detailed star chart to pick out some globulars within it.

M25



M25 / IC4725
Constellation - Sagittarius
Open cluster
Distance - 2300 Ly

Date - 14/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM 21.18 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 26mm T5 Nagler x59 TFoV 1˚39

Sketch materials - White pastel pencil and white pen

Sketch notes
Mixed group of bright and dim stars but found it very similar to M23 where its a nice object but not one which really grabbed me.

M23



M23 / NGC6494
Constellation - Sagittarius
Open cluster
Distance - 2100 Ly

Date 14/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM 21.21 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 26mm T5 Nagler x59 TFoV 1˚39

Sketch materials - White pastel pencil and white ink pen

Sketch notes
Fairly unremarkable open cluster but still easy to pick out from the backdrop of thousands of Milky way stars.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

M92



M92 - NGC6341
Constellation - Hercules
Globular cluster
Distance - 25400 Ly

Date 13/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM - 20.4 (NELM 5.7)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 10mm Pentax XW x153 TFoV 0˚27

Sketch materials - Conte pastels and white ink pen

Sketch notes
Beautiful cluster which I'd put in my top 5 globulars viewed so far.
Tight core which which spreads out evenly and was able to resolve stars all the way to the centre using high power. Quite hard to pick out any asterisms in stars around the edges.

M34



M34 - NGC1039
Constellation - Perseus
Open cluster
Distance - 1450 Ly

Date - 13/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM - 20.3 (NELM 5.7)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 26mm Nagler x59 TFoV 1˚39

Sketch materials - Conte pastels and white ink pen

Sketch notes
Fairly easy find by placing my Telrad in the approximate area and then using a sweeping motion.
The cluster easily stood out from the background sky and using high power was able to pick out a couple of the double stars within it.
Nice cluster worth looking at again if in that area.

M103




M103 - NGC581
Constellation - Cassiopeia
Open cluster
Distance - 8130 Ly

Date - 31/10/15
Seeing - Antoniadi II
SQM 19.4

Telescope - 12" f/5.3
EP - 14mm Delos x114 TFoV 0˚38

Sketch materials - Conte pastels and white ink pen

Sketch notes
Very easy find, just a couple degrees NE of Ruchbar in Cass.
Fairly open cluster with alot of fainter back ground stars which almost takes away the initial impact of M103.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

M70



M70 - NGC6681
Constellation - Sagittarius
Globular cluster
Distance - 35200 Ly

Date - 8/9/12
Seeing - III with poor transparency
SQM - 21.2 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 10mm Pentax XW x 153 TFoV 0˚27

Sketch materials - white pastel and ink

Sketch notes
Very low altitude and poor conditions made this another frustrating object to view, could just about tease out individual stars after 20 mins and changing between 7mm and 10mm EP's.
Bright central core evenly spread out with almost mottled 'arms' very much like a spiral galaxy (e.g. M33).
A little more impressive than M69, worth a revisit again next year.

M69



M69 / NGC6637
Constellation - Sagittarius
Globular clster
Distance - 33600 Ly

Date - 8/9/12
Seeing - Antoniadi IV with poor transparency
SQM - 21.3 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch materials - white patels and ink pen

Sketch notes
Small glob which required high mag but still hardly resolving any stars, could only just about make out the key stars which makes the pattern of the glob.
Core brightness was very evenly spread.
Poor seeing and transparency made this a very hard object to view but I'm sure more detail could be seen in better conditions.

M26



M26 / NGC6694
Constellation - Scutum
Open cluster
Distance - 5000 Ly

Date - 9/9/12
Seeing - III
SQM - 21.3 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 13mm Ethos x115 TFoV 0˚87

Sketch materials - white pastel and ink pen

Sketch notes
Found it quite difficult to ID as its situated amongst a backdrop of other stars, so many faint stars in this area that I have only included the ones which really stood out.

M18



M18 / Black swan / NGC6613
Constellation - Sagittarius
Open cluster
Distance - 4000 Ly

Date - 9/9/12
Seeing - III
SQM - 21.3 (LM 6.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 13mm Ethos X115 TFoV 0˚87

Sketch materials - white pastel and ink

Sketch notes
Didnt find this cluster very spectacular and couldnt really define the outline of the 'wing' of the swan even though the bright outline of 10th magnitude stars should of shown it? Will try again next year. :)

M16



M16 / NGC6611 / Eagle nebula
Constellation - Serpens
Open cluster and emission nebula
Distance - 9000 Ly

Date - 9/9/12
Antoniadi III
SQM - 21.2 (NELM 6.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 13mm Ethos x115 TFoV 0˚87

Sketch materials - white pastel and ink pen

Sketch notes
Went in search of M16 without a filter, found the open cluster easily but hardly any trace of nebulosity. A UHC filter greatly improved the view but I'm pretty sure a OIII filter is better suited.
Quite dim at first but after a while the outline became alot more apparent.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Lunar sketch - crater Riccioli



This is last nights sketch of Riccioli which is 146km in diameter and sits right on the western limb of the moon.
I used x2 barlow and 10mm Pentax XW to give x300 magnification.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

M15



M15 / Great Pegasus cluster / NGC7078
Constellation - Pegasus
Globular cluster

Date - 26/8/12
Location - Home
Seeing - III
SQM - 19.8 (NELM 5.3)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19'

Sketch materials - White Conte pastels and ink pen

Sketch notes
Fairly dim and tricky to resolve any stars in the glob but after 20mins they gradually 'popped' into view. Core brightness evenly spread from the centre.
Would probably have seen alot more but fairly poor seeing and high wispy cloud meant it was a tricky glob to sketch.

M57



M57 / Ring nebula / NGC6720
Constellation - Lyra
Planetary nebula

Date - 26/8/12
Location - Home
Seeing - II
SQM 20.3 (NELM 5.6)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch materials - White Conte pastels and ink pen

Sketch notes
Lovely view with from low power through to high. Slight oval shape from N to S with a thicker edge on the S side, faint surrounding stars, didnt even attempt to view two stars in the centre due to seeing conditions.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

M71



M71 / NGC6838
Constellation - Sagitta
Globular cluster

Date - 22/8/12
Seeing - III
SQM - 19.5 (NELM 5.1)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 10mm Pentax XW x153 TFoV 0˚27'

Sketch materials - White pastel and ink pen

Sketch notes
Funny little globular in quite a rich star field.
The glob appeared like it was split down the middle and could of easily mistaken the faint stars on each side as nebulosity and it not being a glob at all.
High wispy cloud and its SE direction from me meant that seeing conditions were only III on the Antoniadi scale.
Will be checking back on this one from darker skies and better seeing conditions.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

M6



M6 / Butterfly cluster / NGC6405
Constellation - Scorpious
Open cluster

Date - 21/8/12
Location - Narkurs
Seeing - III to IV / Patchy cloud
SQM - 21.2 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 13mm Ethos x117 TFoV 0˚51'

Sketch materials - White Conte pastels and ink

Sketch notes
Really enjoyed this sketch!
One of the few Messiers which actually appear as the name describes IMO.
Same as M7, fairly poor seeing conditions, low elevation and patchy cloud would probably mean a lot better viewing on another night. This is one open cluster I'm already looking forward to seeing again.

M7



M7 / Ptolemys cluster / NGC6475
Constellation - Scorpious
Open cluster

Date - 21/8/12
Location - Narkurs
Seeing - III to IV
SQM - 21.3 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 13mm Ethos x117 TFoV 0˚51'

Sketch notes
Only 4˚ above the horizon and sketched in patchy cloud conditions.
I expected more from this cluster but found it fairly unremarkable, maybe I needed better conditions? Will be good to take another look next year in better conditions.

M17 / Omega nebula



M17 / Omega nebula / NGC6618
Constellation - Sagittarius
Bright nebula

Date - 21/8/12
Location - Narkurs
Seeing - IV fairly poor
SQM - 21.3 (NELM 6.2)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 10mm Pentax XW x153 TFoV 0˚27'

Sketch Materials - White Conte' pastels and ink

Sketch notes
Easy find but this was the last sketch of the evening and some mid level cloud and wind problems which made viewing difficult to pick out fainter details.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

M2



M2 / NGC7089
Constellation - Aquarius
Globular cluster

Date - 10/8/12
Location - Home
Time - 2335-0015
Seeing - III
SQM - 20.1 (NELM 5.5)

Telescope - 12" f/5
EP - 7mm Pentax XW x218 TFoV 0˚19

Sketch materials - White pastel and ink

Sketch notes
Another trickyish find as lacked nearby stars to star hop.
Lovely round central core with small 'arms' branching out on both north and south sides.
At mag 6.6 its not a really bright glob but it was my favourite of the evenings viewings.