[AZ-Observing] Binocular observations from Fred's Meadow

  • From: stevecoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  • Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:18:00 -0600

Howdy all;

If for no other reason than to prove that some observing got done 
during the New Moon, here are my observations for Sept. 5.  Lori and Ken 
were trying to get some images and managed to get a few.  Lynn and I 
were observing a few things before the dew wiped out eyepieces and star 
charts.  I was using the Bright Star Atlas by Tirion and Brian Skiff, it 
is pretty wrinkled.

See ya at the SAC meeting;
Steve Coe

PS  Paul Lind, are you planning an ATM meeting?


Scorpius

M 4 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 bright, pretty large, very 
little elongated and much brighter in the middle.  The central bar 
feature is just seen and is more prominent with averted vision.

M 80 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 faint, pretty small and 
very little brighter in the middle.  The cluster is somewhat difficult 
on a mediocre night.  Averted vision makes it a little more prominent.

M 6 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 Bright, pretty large, pretty 
compressed, 9 stars resolved in the cluster.  M 6 and M 7 fit in the 
field of view of the small binoculars

M 7 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 Bright, large, pretty 
compressed, 16 stars resolved with direct vision, another 10 are seen 
with averted vision.  This cluster is on the north side of a prominent 
dark nebula.

Sagittarius

M 8 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 Bright, large, elongated 
1.5X1, 6 stars seen within the nebula.  The nebula is larger and more 
easily seen with averted vision.  This nebula is within the dark nebula 
down the middle of the Milky Way, a fascinating view.  It can be seen 
with no optical aid.

M 23 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 pretty bright, large, 
round, compressed, 4 stars resolved with direct vision, another 5 seen 
with averted vision.

M 25 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 bright, large, little 
compressed, 12 stars resolved, another 5 seen with averted vision.

M 54 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 very faint, pretty small, 
round, not much.

M 55 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 pretty bright, pretty 
large, round, much brighter middle, averted vision makes it larger, a 
nice globular.

M 69 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 very faint, pretty small, 
not much.

M 70 8X42 binoculars 5 Mile Meadow S=6, T=6 very faint, small, averted 
vision only.
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