Quick look after returning from my surgery’s Christmas Do in Aldridge.
Orion Nebula – Messier 42,Bright Nebula in Orion,18 Dec 2016, 00:22:10. Great amount detail seen tonight in M42 using 14mm Explore Scientific eyepiece and 6mm Ethos eyepiece in my Orion 10” Dobsonian telescope, although could not bring stars to precise enough focus in 6mm to see fifth or sixth Trapezium stars. Might be collimation issue but also poor seeing with lot of movement around stars in eyepiece at high magnification.
Alnitak – Zeta Orionis, Variable Double Star in Orion,18 Dec 2016, 01:25:39,Tried to see nebulosity around this star without success, possibly due to bright Moon, although never succeeded before in Lichfield so probably asking too much tonight!
Uranus, Planet in Pisces,18 Dec 2016, 01:28:05,Too low down – not able to observe.
NGC 2244,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:36:27,If I found the right cluster tonight then this open cluster within the Rosette Nebula turned out to be an unimpressive collection of stars, at least as seen with 14mm ES in ten inch Orion Dob. Rosette itself was not visible.
Collinder 106,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:40:07,Very unimpressive as were other local open clusters. A few stars widely dispersed.
Collinder 107,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:41:15,Umimpressive.
Collinder 104,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:41:43,Very unimpressive.
Collinder 97,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:42:07,Umimpressive.
Christmas Tree Cluster – NGC 2264,Open Cluster in Monoceros,18 Dec 2016, 01:43:37,I am star hopping tonight. Found this one last in this bunch of local open clusters. This is located on edge pf invisible Cone Nebula. Christmas Tree composed of around forty bright stars in roughly Christmas Tree pattern with particularly bright star at base of tree and another not-quite-so-bright one at top. This is very beautiful.
Eskimo Nebula – NGC 2392,Planetary Nebula in Gemini,18 Dec 2016, 01:52:33,No success -stopped by cloud.