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  • tspg@tspg.com
    May 2, 2001
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      Hi Doug,
      This is Ray Lokay.
      Thanks for all the help last night at the meeting. I am on the way
      www.angelfire.com now.
      I will look for postings for when you freelance at Tuckahoe. I would
      like to proceed on this new quest.
      With Best Regards,

      --- In delmarvastargazers@y..., "Norton Doug" <doug.norton@e...>
      > Saturday April 28th,
      > The moon was going to hang around for a while tonight but there was
      > pretty good chance that the skies would be as good as they were the
      > previous Thursday. Since Thursday was a work night for me, I had to
      > leave "early" at 1:30am. But tonight I was going to stay till the
      > came home, or at least the owls. There was quite a good showing of
      > people too. Dan Kidwell, Steve Long, Tim Milligan, Teresa Young,
      > Fortner, Dave Petrucci, Danka Gale and her husband Rob and myself.
      > I got you all). I also expected a few visitors, people I knew from
      > And I even had a few boy scouts come over and take a look at
      > Saturn and the moon. It's great to show kids what they can see with
      > telescope. I brought my C8 and I spent almost the entire first half
      > the night showing things to people through my scope. Then Dan and I
      > looked at the moon through my binocular viewers at the moon. Dan
      > it's the best view of the moon he's ever seen. It was a pretty
      > remarkable sight. It wasn't until after midnight that I got down to
      > business. That's when the moon set and when everyone that was
      > through my scope decided they were too tired and too cold to stay
      > longer. Anyone that went home before the moon was down missed the
      > amazing night they surely would have ever seen. Dan, Tim and I
      > to see M13 naked eye again. And the Milky Way literally looked like
      > clouds in the sky. It was disgusting! Dan warned us that we had a
      > cloudbank moving in from the east! And it really looked like there
      > Stars were visible all the way down to the tree line.
      > Teresa and Danka were doing an excellent job of finding objects in
      > scopes. They are really getting the hang of it and I'm afraid that
      > will be the ones writing these summaries in the near future! Teresa
      > found several difficult objects including M53, M64 and M3. And all
      > star hopping using the Telrad finder charts. She had excellent
      > through her scope, a C8 on a Great Polaris mount, and there was a
      > amount of detail in the images. The "black eye" galaxy was great
      > the dark lane showed itself nicely. M3 was excellent and showed
      > stars throughout the eyepiece! She is a real trooper, because even
      > though she had a brace on her leg, she still managed to make it out
      > the field! And stayed until around 2:00am. Now that's dedication! I
      > taught Danka how to star hop to the tiny galaxy, NGC6207, next to
      > She seemed surprised that it was so close and easy to see. She also
      > an excellent image of M13 in her scope as well. Her new Celestron
      > binoculars also had super images. M81 and M82 as well as M3 were
      > visible through them and had razor sharp images.
      > Tim brought his 4-inch refractor to the field for the first time
      > I've known him. I had been giving him a hard time about never using
      > so he finally gave in and brought it. He tried to leave early but
      > and I forced him to stay even though he was cold. Dan gave him
      > and later remembered he had an Army jacket so we kept him there a
      > while longer.
      > My original plan was to find the two asteroids, Hebe and Pallas and
      > last five Messier objects on my list to get the Messier
      > because of my visitors most of the evening, I gave up on finding the
      > asteroids. From the previous Thursday night, I also wanted to find
      > 21 globular clusters in Ophiuchus. I actually had no intention of
      > a "Globular Marathon" but since tonight was a rare one, I thought I
      > could do it before twilight. I had prepared excellent and detailed
      > finder charts for all of the objects I hoped to find. This allowed
      > plenty of time to take in each object in full detail, write a
      > description of each and run through each object with all powers
      going up
      > and down the magnification range. But I got side tracked quite a bit
      > with planetaries that were in nearby fields. It was impossible to
      > these objects by. Dan was giving me a hard time warning me that I
      > had a few hours left to finish my Messier list. But I managed to
      > it. I will just give the highlights of the best objects observed
      > I ended up finding 27 new objects and 18 of the 21 globulars in
      > Ophiuchus.
      > The two most memorable objects I found late in the search were the
      > planetaries, NGC6445 and NGC6369. These sidetracked me for quite a
      > while. NGC6369 was a wonderful object. It is a tiny version of the
      > Nebula in Lyra. It was a perfect circular smoke ring. I couldn't
      > the central star but there was no doubt it was in the shape of a
      > doughnut. I used my UHC filter on it and my 11mm Nagler to bring out
      > more detail but the best view was with no filter and the 20mm
      > Dan looked at it through my scope but couldn't see the smoke ring. I
      > looked it up when I got home and it is definitely there although it
      > that the ring effect doesn't show up in scopes smaller than 12".
      > saw it, it's there. A testament to the night, or my eye? Probably
      > night.
      > NGC6445 was an outstanding object. Right next to it in the same
      > was the globular, NGC6440. That is a really neat sight seeing two
      > different objects in the same field. The only other example of that
      > effect I have seen is with IC1295 and NGC6712 in Scutum. When I
      > in on the planetary it had a decidedly elongated, bipolar
      > seemed to be divided horizontally through the middle. Dan took a
      > through my scope and saw the elongation but not the division. I
      > it up when I got home and there was no division but it was pinched
      > the middle, had dark lobes in the center of each lobe and looked
      > the dumbbell nebula in Vulpecula. I guess the dark lobes made it
      > like a division along with the pinch in the middle It was very tiny
      > at high power and the best views of it were with no filter using the
      > 20mm Nagler.
      > Another neat find was M73. It's listed as an Open Cluster and when I
      > hopped to the field, all I saw was a triangle of stars. I had to
      > if what I was seeing was the cluster. It turns out it is just an
      > asterism of four stars arranged in a Y-shape, but it looked more
      like a
      > triangle to me. I had no idea what to expect because I try not to
      > with any preconceived ideas of what an object is going to look like
      so I
      > can sharpen my observing skills. And in this case, it threw me for a
      > loop.
      > The most challenging of the evening was NGC6366. This one turns out
      > be a twin of the other globular that took me more than five
      > sessions to find, NGC5053. It is a large and extremely faint
      > of stars. It's spread so thin it was impossible to tell where the
      > cluster ended and the sky began. Only a few of the brightest members
      > would pop into view on occasion. I found this one only because of
      > practice I had with NGC5053. I had Dan come over and confirm it was
      > there. It was only slightly easier to see than NGC5053.
      > The last object of the evening was NGC7009, the Saturn Nebula. It
      was a
      > very green object and only the 13mm Nagler showed the first hint of
      > "rings". The 11mm Nagler confirmed that they were there and showed
      > best view of it. I managed to find the last five objects on my
      > list, which included M72, M73, M54, M55 and M75. I was cutting it
      > though and had to give up my globular search in Ophiuchus to finish
      > those Messier objects before twilight. I did it but I really did
      > close. The only other object I could find before it was too light
      > the Saturn nebula.
      > I took a quick look at Mars before packing it up. It showed an
      > incredible amount of detail and a very large disk. Tim and Teresa
      > the last two to leave before Dan and myself. I think they left
      > 2am. I don't remember. Dan and I left at twilight around 4:30am.
      > was showing itself very brightly above the tree line as we rolled
      out of
      > the field. What a night!
      > Doug Norton
      > OIS/Customer Services
      > Phone: 302.739.9524
      > E-Mail: Doug.Norton@e...
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