M22 In Sagittarius

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This is M22 found in Sagittarius This is one of the “EASY TO FIND GLOBULAR CLUSTERS“.
You can see it with a set of binos very easy.
From a dark site I rate this better then M13.
It is truly a spectacular globular cluster well worth the time to hunt down and study!

This drawning was done using my 10 inch DOB with a 15mm 84x

Log Book

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This is a the log book format that I am using, you can download it HERE
One of the best things you can do is to LOG EVERYTHING YOU VIEW
I can’t tell yo how many times I have looked at a star chart and say “yes I have seen that” but never logged it.

And it does not count if don’t log it!

M10 In Ophiuchus

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I got some more scope time in last night.
It was not the best viewing but its better then nothing.
I have been looking for M10 and M12 in Ophiuchus for a couple of weeks now and last night I FOUND M10 I could not find M12 thru all of the ground haze!

M10 was discovered 1764 by Charles Messier.
and is a 7th mag globular cluster.
It is 14,300 light years away from us!

M31 The Andromeda Galaxy

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Star Log 7 July 06
Once again the weather cleared up, it was a spectacular morning.
M31 the Andromeda galaxy is one of my favorite targets.
Easily found with binoculars from light polluted backyards
and is naked eye visible from a dark site
Object: NGC 224 – M31 – Andromeda Galaxy
Deepsky Catalog: NGC 2000
Date Observed: 7/7/2006 3:41:31 AM
Time Observed: 03:00UT
Object Type: Gx
Constellation: And
Magnitude: 3.5
Size: 178
Locate Method: Star Hopping
Object Rating: A
Primary Equipment Used: 10″ Dob
Power/Magnification Used: 15mm 84 pwr

Star Log 6 July 06

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Last night we had a bit of good weather so I got some scope time in.
Object: NGC 6779 – M56
Date Observed: 7/6/2006 8:28:39 AM
Time Observed: 01:30UT
Object Type: Gb
Constellation: Lyr
Magnitude: 8.3
Size: 7.1
Object Rating: B
Primary Equipment Used: 10″ Dob
Power/Magnification Used: PWR 84 / 15MM

From the backyard this a a VERY FF.
It is halfway between Lyra and Albireo.
I could not find it using my 32MM