Thad et al: I was looking at Stephan's Quintet too but at the other end of the field! Somebody shoulda yelled something, I guess. I think the trick to it is that the outer two galaxies have stars next to them, so if you see the double galaxy in the center and the diffuse fainter one in a line with it, look for the galaxies below that next to stars, and you will have all five. This is where cranking up the power helps a lot. I also looked at 7331 just above and saw the two faint galaxies next to it and a nice wide dust lane on the west side. I was wondering about the darkening you were noticing at the edge of Saturn's rings. Are you talking about the crepe ring or the B ring? Not too shabby, knocking down 14th and 15th magnitude NGCs with an f/6 8", Thad. I had an easier time of it with a 14.5". Maybe I shoulda tried for some 16-17 mags out of the Dollidshze-Dodidsgzhvinkshkaalii catalog (or whatever)? As you say, it's worth the extra miles for a truly dark sky. I'm tendin to agree with you, even at my 12 mi/gal. Jack Jones Thar R. said: > I picked off what NGC's I had left for this season, including 7331. I was > able to just make out 2 of it's fainter companions. I then jumped down to > Stephen's Quintet and while I couldn't pinpoint them, I was just able to > make out possibly 3 of the 5 through my 8" f/6. > > Another one was the "non-existant" NGC7133. 7133 doesn't exist according > to the NGC/IC site, but yet it is plotted in most atlases. However, the > coordiantes of 7129 point to where 7133 is plotted. (In other words, > apparently the "cluster" 7129 and the "nebulosity" 7133 are the same > object) > Anyhow, if you find the field, 7129/33 is the patch of 3 stars surrounded > by a faint nebulosity. Find the "L" shaped asterism, and it's right on > the corner of it. Many, Many thanks to the Pest for the quick loan of > Night Sky Observer's Guide. (I needed the pic in the book to verify what > I was looking at.) > > Saturn was a great showpiece this night. The rings were just not quite > tilted enough to see the Cassini division all the way around. Cassini's > division was visible nearly 100% of the time. About 25% of the time, > Encke's division was visible. Otherwise, it just added a slightly grey > hue to the outer rings. The ball itself was slightly banded with the > familiar mocha colors on top of a creme surface, not the banana yellow > I've seen in the past. But the most interesting details were an odd > coloration of the inner rings nearest to the plane'ts limbs. They > appeared to be a rusty-grey color. > Is this a "refracted" light effect from the planet's surface? Never saw > any spokes..... > --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.