DSOs from last night (29th-30th Dec)

Thought I would have a look at the Trapezium in M42. Seeing was pretty poor with the stars wobbling about all over the place. The first picture sets the context, the next two have a barlow employed. You can, at least, make out stars E and F on these.

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Next was a nice pair of galaxies in Cepheus.

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Then C1 or NGC188, also in Cepheus. This is only about 4 deg. from the pole. To quote Stephen James O’Meara in his book “The Caldwell Objects”: “The region is largely devoid of bright stars and avoided by most amateurs whose telescopes ride on equatorial mounts; to point anywhere near the pole with such a set-up requires a truck-load of patience. For these reasons, NGC 188 could be considered one of the most forgotten clusters in the night sky.” Those of us with alt-az mounts have no such problems!

ngc188_samworth_301216 Finally, C7 or Then, NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis, another nice spiral.

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Dew was now taking hold on the scope, and the cold was taking hold on me, and so, to bed!

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