Astro log: Feb. 20th, 2010

Equipment: Orion Skyview 6 Deluxe EQ, using the 32, 25, 10, 6, and 4 mm eyepieces, and the 2x Barlow with the 6mm.

New objects observed: M3, M53

Previous objects observed: M81, M82, Mars, Saturn, M94


Probably the last good night for a while. Weather's supposed to turn cloudy again, and the moon's rising later and waxing anyway.

M81 & M82 weren't particularly bright, but they were visible. Found M94 again without too much trouble, but while I spent a good fair while trying to chase down other galaxies, I didn't have any luck. From what I've been seeing so far, from my house I'm usually able to see galaxies in the low to maybe mid 8 magnitute range, but high 8 magnitude and 9+ don't seem to work. I've seen dimmer planetaries from here, but the galaxies seem pretty consistent there so far (of course, there are brighter galaxies that I can't get, like M33, and there's a few that seem like they ought to be doable but I can't seem to get).

M3 was quite easy to spot, attractive and big globular. M53 was not as bright, but reasonably attractive anyway.

Checked out Mars and Saturn as well before packing in. Forgot to note what positions the moons of Saturn were in, but one of them at least was Titan.

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