05/08/2013 Messier Observations

Early in the morning hours I decided to try and give the Nexstar goto a chance. I have been down talking it for so long I had to finally figure it out. I started out with the SkyAlign. It was a major failure, in fact I failed probably 5 times. I finally decided to try a different method. I switched it to Auto Two Star Align, and chose the star Altair. I centered and aligned to it, then chose Deneb and it automatically slewed the scope to within close proximity of Deneb. I did some final centering and aligning on Deneb, then set the scope to find some Messier objects. I was pleased with the result.

M2:

3:03 AM
Finally decided to give the goto a shot. Aligned by using the Auto Two Star Align, and used the stars Altair and Deneb. Success! Had it slew to M2, and there it was. Not perfect, but it beats constantly adjusting the scope while trying to sketch. Seeing was good, however moderate light pollution. 17 mm eyepiece was used. Appeared as a very visible faint white fuzzy.

sketch of M2:
M2

M15:

3:12 AM
Also used goto to find this one. Same 17 mm eyepiece used, and same conditions as for M2. Appeared as a very visible white fuzzy. About the same as M2.

sketch of M15:
M15

M11:

3:29 AM
Used goto. Very visible, can make out individual stars, tons of stars. Most useful eyepiece was 8 mm, and was very resolvable. Same seeing conditions as before.

sketch of M11:
M11

M71:

3:52 AM
Used goto. Very rich star field. Beautiful patch of sky. Too many stars to draw all of them. Same conditions as before.

sketch of M71:
M71

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