A quickie…

After several weeks of either cloudy skies or work getting in the way there was an window of clear sky tonight. It was before proper darkness and a bit hazy too but beggars can’t be choosers…

Started off by lining up the scope and finders on Vega.

A quick sneak over to the Double Double, lovely and sharp in the 7mm

Down to the Ring Nebula. As was suggested to me, I’ve lengthened the tube of my reflector by attaching the plastic covers from a couple of document wallets with Velcro and this is helping a lot with contrast in my light polluted back garden. Even though the sky was a bit hazy, the Ring stood out as a lovely crisp..well.. ring!

And across to Albireo. Since the back end of the RAG mtg in May with Andy and Damian this has become a favourite target – I really love the contrasting colours.

Next up was M56 which is a new one for me. I managed to find it after a few sweeps between Sulafat and Albireo. It was a fuzzy dot in the 25mm, and a larger fuzzy dot on the 7mm! One to re-visit when the conditions are better…

M92 was lots better- was able to resolve 20+ stars around the edge in the 7mm- very pleasing.

And because you have to when you’re in that bit of sky, I took in M13 next. Always a joy… I find myself wondering if you were on a planet in that cluster would the sky look like Van Gogh’s famous Starry Sky painting? To quote Wikipedia “It has a densely packed central region, with up to a hundred stars populating a cube only 3 light years on a side. To illustrate: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth, is just over 4 light years away. In other words, stars in the cluster’s core region are about 500 times more concentrated than those in our immediate stellar neighbourhood.” I think it would really be quite something…

I was left thinking about that, because at that point the clouds rolled in a merciful 1 hour later than forecast. Only 40 minutes observing time, but 6 targets and a real bonus when I wasn’t expecting anything.

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