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Smithysteve

Fuzzy hunting starting in Leo

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Smithysteve

Well the evening looked promising, no Moon, no clouds, I was eager to open up the dome and go fuzzy hunting in Leo!

Unparked the LX200 and goto’ed Jupiter first to check GOTO alignment etc. I had a 2â€, 25mm, 70 deg. University KONIG lens in place for most of the night.

I swung over to M65, M66 and NGC3628, the Leo triplet. I checked out the new Telrad to see where the 4 deg. circle sat and it complied exactly to the ‘Turn Left At Orion’ guide book. I’m finding the Telrad is brill. The other night seeing was not so good and I could not make out NGC3628, tonight it was there. Brill!!! I flitted between all three and then, just managed to get all 3 partly in the field of view. Awesome to see! Love those photons on the retina!

Ok, seeing is pretty good, despite the street lamps yards away!

Next, I goto’ed several other Leo galaxies, NGC3596 first, then on to another triplet, M105, NGC3371 & NGC3373. These were easily framed in the eyepiece.

M96, then M95, Wow I’m on a roll! This is exciting stuff!

M49 next, then NGC4526, GOTO is working great!

Popped over to the fantastic M3 glob. Unreal, fantastic!

To top this I went to M51, Whirlpool galaxy (and its interacting neighbour NGC5195) – Another first for me!

Sorry I have not done yet!

Thought I would try my look on the elusive M101 and BINGO, there it was, very faint but I got it!

Finished off by nailing M106 too!

Awesome night, Went to bed buzzing again!

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stash

Must admit that was a very very clear night and seeing conditions were excellent (IMHO) - Milky way very clear - more please. you found a lot of items


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Johnnyaardvark

Nice report steve. Sounds like you had a super evening. It was very clear. Thanks for sharing. Steve

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Smithysteve

Thanks for commenting everyone!

Yeah still buzzing.

It's good to share this with you all, you all get it!

I may have bored the pants off several members of the family though - they all get the full report when they call in ðŸ˜Šâ˜ºï¸ Lol.

Seriously though, it was a night I won't forget, so many galaxies (15 I think 😳 and M3) most of which I have never seen! Good seeing, no Moon and Goto came together, for once.

The most exciting bits were seeing 3 galaxies in the same FOV, twice in one night! Then, M51 /NGC 5195 (Whirlpool) and the fab M3 glob. It makes a big difference when the seeing is good...

Now I'm looking forward to topping it!

Cheers everybody! ðŸ‘

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Tweedledee

Now I'm looking forward to topping it!

Cheers everybody!

I'm sure you soon will when you point it towards Virgo and Coma :thumbsup:

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