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08/19/08
Other side of Meridian
Filed under: Astronomy
Posted by: Lloyd @ 7:55 pm

For tonight I moved to the east of the meridian. Observation started at about 8:43. Bruce and I slewed and synced on Altair.  We had good skies and the moon wasn’t up yet. We started with M11 and then moved to M26 which was not impressive. We then went to the Swan (M17) which which was quite bright. So far all objects we in the FOV of the Nagler 17mm. Next we tried M16 which we could not make out. Before leaving this area of the sky we observed M18 an open cluster. We then slewed and syned on Vega. My favorite in this area is M57 which stood out quite nicely. I then targeted M56 a small globular cluster which was a pleasent surprise. M56 was small compact and relatively bright. Next on to M27 the Dumbbell and finally M29 a small open cluster. I tried the Veil Nebular (east) but it wasn’t visible.

Observing session ended around 9:28.

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