- CSC said that tonight was going to be dark red humidity, so I
thought "To heavy of dew". My dad wanted to go to family night at
church and wanted me to come. So I went, came back to what supposed
to be a dewed 14.5"...wrong. Not a single drop of dew...even on the
ground. ARGH! Which means, 45 minutes until moonrise. Time to put on
my racing goggles on, time to speed observe. Went inside to grab my
eyepiece case, collimator, and laptop. After being collimated and had
the telrad alligned, I had 40 minutes left. Time was ticking, I
quickly spun the scope around for my first object, IC5217 in Lacerta.
After panning the area for a bit, I did not pick up this stellar
planetary. Not a good start! But I didn't waste time and went for my
next object IC5117 and was successful. I was also successful for the
next 3 objects after that until I ran out of time and the dang fox
came trotting back. Amazing that he came Monday night at the exact
time of moonrise too. Below are my notes of the newly bagged objects.
IC5117: Striking stellar PN. Seen as a bright blue flash unfiltered.
I could barely hold it steady with averted vision. Next to 2 bright
stars, looks like a stellar double of one of them. Below it is
another 3 stars that looks exactly the same, except one is a star and
not a PN! With the OIII the PN is so bright it'll blow a hole through
your head. Non stellar at 330x(didn't try 200x), still slightly blue.
650x made it into a small disk.
NGC6884: Small, bright planetary. Says it's stellar, but I see it
quite steady at 89x. Directly it's steady, but not so bright. Averted
vision it really gets bright. Blinking the OIII made it outshine it's
neighbor(star nearby). Quite large for being stellar. Seen as a
small, puffy disk.
IC2003: Remarkable stellar PN. Actually, it's not stellar at all.
Small blue disk unfiltered. Blinking an OIII filter will make it
blind you. Faint star right underneath, double star about 3 or 4
arcminutes above it.
NGC6857: Great, small emission nebula in Cygnus. It was once
classified as a planetary until not to long ago. Small, it said
online that it was 3', but I think it's about 2'. With an OIII it's
annular-like, round. Star just outside the edge. Without the filter
the nebula is faint. Star involved, basically at center. It does
indeed look like a planetary, interesting object.
Man that comet is something else eh? Tonight at 87x my eyes were huge
looking at it. So bright, so huge, so much detail. Nice fainter outer
halo. Loving it!