Wonderful night at Swadlincote C6r refractor.
Wonderful crisp night , like stepping out into a planetarium, decided to explore the usually bright southern sky over town.
NGC 3242 ” Ghost of Jupiter” at x 50 without filters it shone amazingly bright and blueish. No change with fitting filters.Really surprised at the sight, probably one of the brightest planetary nebulae,well worth finding. Above this ,
NGC 3115 ” Spindle galaxy” , bright , long and spindly.
“La Superba “, Y CNv,what an amazing sight , just filled the view with cheery warmth. In the area of CNv caught the bright M63 “Sunflower galaxy”.
Other bright sights : M64 “Blackeye galaxy” in Coma B. Virgo A ( NGC 4486), M66 , but no triple to M65 in Leo. Caught the wide Porrima , now easy even at low power.
Back to back binaries with spectacular views in UMa, including the delicate triple 65UMa , look for the faint companion next to the bright star making a ra Triangle , neat ! It requires a little care to find . A bright Alula Australis and a tight Σ1559 headed a mass of binaries , including the colourful Σ1695.
Leo. Go for Regulus , Algieba and Denebola. 54 Leonis looked spectacular at x50, ( yellow and blue here )as did Σ1521. 90 Leonis gave a lovely triple at x50. 83 and τ give a wide view double double. The companion to 49 looks really ghostly.
Sextans . Made a note that at this time of year , it’s high in the south. 35 Sextans gave an orange and blue pair at low power. Onto some new ones, including the orange and blue 9 Sextans and a close Σ1457. Really exciting to explore this area.
Some inspiring views , plenty go research into, kept returning to the “ghost “, remarkable under
Clear skies ! Nick.