Hello (sorry to disturb the M31 discussion thread...)
It was the last day to observe this week: weather forecast announces
clouds and rain until next week.
This time, location was good, but the sky allowed no magnifications
over 100x. So I forgot Mars this evening.
But that's no problem!
I just use my 31mm Nagler with an UHC filter to discover some Milky
Way splendours: the planetaries M27 and M57.
Looking tiny, but good.
I found also quickly the Swan nebula (but with 3° FOV, it is easy),
which looks better than in a 14" Dobson (but without filter).
Finally, the Veil nebula which two main parts were very fine targets.
Just a little disappointing that I could not easy catch the two parts
in the same FOV
After that, I took the filter away to observe M31 (not shooting with
a camera, sorry again :) ), and the double cluster in Perseus. I saw
less stars than in the big dob (but there, the coma was also
Nevertheless, seeing both clusters in this rich part of the Milky Way
was just outstanding.
In a word: once again a winner.
Thank you Roland for this marvellous scope.
e-mail : dk31t5@...