In November and December 2020, I did simple "deep-sky autumn observations," which might be of interest to other beginners and are therefore described here. They took place in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau.
In November and December 2020, I observed different sky areas so that a sky map does not make much sense.
The observations were done in November and December 2020, mostly directly after sunset.
The observations took place in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (Germany):
In Mühlhausen/Kraichgau, the sky was not particularly dark.
|Observed Objects||Details, Remarks||Further Observations and Remarks||Devices Used||Eyepieces Used|
|Jupiter, Saturn, Mars
OC: M 45, NGC 884/869
PN: M 57
|TLAPO1027: Albireo and M 57 observed downto 7 mm; was not able to find M 56; finally observed M 45 and NGC 884/869 (26, 40 mm).||C8 on AZ4, TLAPO1027 on AZ Pronto and AZ4||26, 24, 16, 10, 7, 4 mm|
|GC: M 15
G: M 31
|C8: Failed demonstration of the C8 for a star friend; the only objects we found were M 15 and M 31, both rather faint...||Fight between dawn and upcoming full moon/clouds...||C8 on Star Discovery||Eyepieces that belonged to the star friend|
|GC: M 15||C8: Short test of the alignment, this time successful. Managed only to observe M 15 before the clouds came.||C8 on Star Discovery||Forgotten...|
Jupiter and Saturn, Mars
|C8: Jupiter with moons and Saturn in the same FOV; M 15 and M 2 (85 x to 200 x), M 31 with tiny M 32 (also nice with 40 mm/2"), M 27 (large, bit faint), M 57 (saw the ring very well, 50 x to 200 x!), NGC 663, NGC 457 (E.T. Cluster, probably seen as well as never before, including arms and legs). Mars disappointing, air too turbulent. I did not have to time for more...||GoTo sufficiently precise...||C8 on Star Discovery||40, 24, 16, 10 mm|
GC: M 15
OC: M 45, NGC 884/869
|C5: M 15 rather faint; M 45 nice with reducer/corrector, ditto the Perseus Double Cluster NGC 884/869; wandered a little along the sky with reducer/corrector...||"First light" for the C5||C5 on AZ Pronto; with and without f/6.3 reducer/corrector||24 mm, 16 mm, 7 mm|
|GN: M 42/43||C5, Skymax-127, PS
72/432, and TLAPO1027,
all on AZ Pronto:
M 42 (Orion Nebula) at nearly fulll moon; moon probably closest to the
Saw the Trapzium and the wings in all of the telescopes more or less well.
Order: PS/72 (10 mm, about 40 x) < C5 (24 mm, 53 x; 32 mm, 39 x) < SM127 (25 mm, 60 x) < TLAPO1027 (24, 30 x; 10, about 70 x)
|Comparison of four of my telescopes at the Orion Nebula||C5, Skymax-127, PS 72/432, and TLAPO1027 on AZ Pronto||32, 25, 24, 10 mm|
Bold: First observation during this observation period; all observations done in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (MH); G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, GN = galactic nebula, PN = planetary nebula, P = star pattern, DS = double star
Object details can be obtained via the links to the relevant deep sky objects.
|M 2||Aquarius||GC||yes||Not quite resolved into stars...|
|M 15||Pegasus||GC||yes||yes||Not quite resolved into stars...|
|M 27||Dumbbell Nebula||Vulpecula||PN||yes||Large, but faint|
|M 31/32||Andromeda Galaxy||Andromeda||G||yes||Large, but only saw the core,also seen M 32 as a tiny soft spot..|
|M 42/43||Orion Nebula||Orion||GN||yes||yes||yes||yes||Orion Nebula disturbed by the nearly full moon, my objective was to compare several of my telescopes.|
|M 45||Pleiades, Seven Sisters||Taurus||OC||yes||yes||Nice, "rich field" with 40 mm and also with C5R and 24 mm|
|M 57||Ring Nebula||Lyra||PN||yes||yes||Faint, but saw the ring with 4 mm|
|NGC 457||Owl/E.T. Cluster||Cassiopeia||OC||yes||Seen well as probably never before, including the arms and legs|
|NGC 884/869||Perseus Double Cluster||Perseus||OC||yes||yes||Nice, "rich field" with 40 mm and also with C5R and 24 mm|
*) LT = 10 x 25 binoculars, TS = 10 x 60 binoculars; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, P = star pattern, GN = galactic nebula, PN = planetary nebula, MW = Milky Way, C = comet