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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:16 pm 
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Last night was spectacular. Very little wind and crystal clear skies and a balmy 61 degrees. SQM read 22.14 when we went out around 9pm. The Milky Way was bright and stretched across most of the sky. I first pointed the scope at Jupiter and immediately knew it was a good night. With the 10mm Ethos at 210x, I saw 7 bands and some amazing detail. Justine was so impressed with the detail that she took a photo of it with her phone- of course, it didn't come out too well but the view through the eyepiece was awesome.

M42 was massive and filled the whole FOV with the 21mm Ethos- unfiltered. With the OIII it got even larger with what I call "the swoosh" of nebulousity extended much further than I can remember seeing it recently. The trapezium sparkled as it didn't seem like any amount of magnification was too much until I stuck the 3.7mm Ethos into the focuser.

We observed a variety of open clusters as well as M81 and M82 before calling it a night. I'd have loved to have stayed out all night if we didn't have to get up at 5am this morning. Nights like this make me feel lucky to live in Hawaii.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:59 pm 
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Great report Erik! Those are the nights that stick with you.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:19 pm 
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Very nice. I am somewhat envious. Without meaning to hijack the thread, I did have a terrific session a couple nights ago with the 15x85 binos. Much colder here of course, but windless conditions enabled me to spend some time hunting down all the DSOs I haven't seen yet this season. 60°F sounds amazing! Keep posting your viewing sessions, man. I'm living vicariously through your posts. :cheesygrin:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:40 pm 
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I need to get the 20x80's out again. Last time I used them, the collimation was off and I was too lazy to fix it. DSO's are fun in binos!

As far as the weather, if it makes things better, it's raining here tonight. No observing with this front moving through. Overcast day too. :(

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:45 am 
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Sorry about the rain. I definitely know what it feels like to be thwarted by the clouds these days.

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