3/10/2013 – 3/11/2013 Messier Observations

M3:

3/10/13 12:40 AM ET
Very clear beginning of the night. Observed near Zenith. Stars very resolvable. Around 100 or more visible stars. Most useful eyepiece was 32 mm eyepiece. Nearly takes up entire FOV of eyepiece. Found without goto, by finding the constellation Cancer.

sketch of M3:
M3

M44:

3/10/13 9:22 PM EDT
Very clear beginning of the night. Observed near Zenith. Stars very resolvable. Around 100 or more visible stars. Most useful eyepiece was 32 mm. Nearly takes up entire FOV of eyepiece. Found without goto, by finding the constellation Cancer.

sketch of M44:
M44

M37:

3/10/13 10:30 PM EDT
Found by locating the constellation Auriga. It is in between the stars Alnath and Theta Aur, and slightly above the direct line between them (when setting). Seeing was very good. Hundreds of stars visible, but very faint. Almost unnoticeable in 32mm Stars had a beautiful dark blue/purple/violet hue to them. Most useful eyepiece was 8mm.

sketch of M37:
M37

M36:

3/10/2013 10:50 PM EDT
Mostly the same info as M37. Harder to locate than M37, almost unnoticeable in 32mm unless you know exactly what you’re looking at. Seemingly less stars than M37. The stars I could see made a sort of pinwheel shape, in that the stars were sort of in lines that pointed outwards. Viewable in same eyepieces as M37, but fainter. Located twice!

sketch of M36:
M36

M38:

3/11/2013 12:00 AM EDT
Most info same as M36 and M37. Same EP’s used (32mm, 17mm, 8mm). 2x Barlow also used. Stars still focus-able at highest magnifications. Seemingly smaller than M36 and M37, and less stars visible. Looked to have one star near the center, surrounded by a circular ring of darkness, then other stars surrounding that. Located twice!

sketch of M38:
M38

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