My Deep Sky Observations - Overview (2)

August - October 2016 | February/March 2017 | End of March 2017 | May 2017 | September 2017 | October - Mid-December 2017 | Mid-January - February 2018 | May to Mid-September 2018 | September/October 2018 | Atik Infinity End of 2017 - 2018 | Observations with Binoculars

On this page, I also offer the original lists from my observations series, on which my observation overview page is based. Note that some singular observation are not contained in these lists. The original lists and further observation details can also be found on the pages for the respective observation series (click the respective Links).

 

August - October 2016

For observation details see page Deep Sky Summer/Autumn Observations August-October 2016

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* 100P 100P
GT
SM102
GT
P130
GT
GSD 680 Remarks
M 13 Hercules Nebula Hercules GC yes yes yes yes yes yes prime object
M 92   Hercules GC yes yes yes yes yes yes harder to find than M 13
M 29   Cygnus OC              
NGC 6960/6992/5 Cirrus/Veil Nebula Cygnus PN              
NGC 7000 North America Nebula Cygnus GE              
M 27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula PN             nebula, but no dumbbell...
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula SP             not found
M 57 Ring Nebula Lyra PN   no   yes yes   a hint of the ring at best
M 56   Lyra GC             a small sphere
M 71   Sagitta GC             very loose
M 10   Ophiuchus GC       yes     a faint glow
M 12   Ophiuchus GC       yes     a faint glow
IC 4665   Ophiuchus OC       yes     only relatively distant stars
NGC 6633   Ophiuchus OC             already too low on the horizon
M 5   Serpens Caput GC             already too low on the horizon
IC 4756   Serpens Cauda OC             probably not found
M 16/IC 4703 Eagle Nebula Serpens Cauda OC/GE       yes     appeared as a very wide open star cluster; did not see the nebula IC 4703
M 17 Omega/Swan Nebula Sagittarius GE       yes     saw only stars and, at best, a faint glow
M 8/NGC 6530 Lagoon Nebula Sagittarius OC/GE   yes   yes     saw only stars, maybe some faint glow in the Lagoon Nebula
M 20 Trifid Nebula Sagittarius GE   ? ? ?     not found
M 21, 23   Sagittarius OC, OC             not observed?
M 24   Sagittarius SC              
M 11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum GC       yes yes   saw stars and some nebula around them
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes? yes yes   yes   in the North-East; a glow, no details
NGC 884/869 Double Star Cluster Perseus OC   yes         in the North-East
M 15   Pegasus GC   yes          
M 103   Cassiopeia OC   yes         looked more like a small asterism
NGC 663   Cassiopeia OC   yes          
NGC 654   Cassiopeia OC             not found
NGC 457 Owl Cluster, ET Cluster Cassiopeia OC             probably not observed
St 2 Muscle Man Cassiopeia OC             not observed

*) 10 x 25 binoculars; GE = galactic emission nebula, GR = galactic reflection nebula, G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, SP = star pattern, SC = star cloud

 

February/March 2017

For observation details see page Deep Sky Winter Observations February/March 2017

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* 100P 100P GT

P130 GT

GSD 680 Remarks
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE yes yes yes yes yes in part very beautiful
M 78   Orion GR   -- -- yes ??? very faint, not found with 100P
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes   yes yes yes fairly faint in the West
M 35   Gemini OC     yes yes yes many stars
M 36   Auriga OC   yes yes yes yes the brightest of M 36-38
M 37   Auriga OS     yes yes yes  
M 38   Auriga OS   yes yes yes    
M 44 Praesepe Cancer OS yes   yes yes   in an awkward position for me
M 1 Crab Nebula Taurus GE   -- -- yes yes very faint, not found with 100P
M 45 Pleiades Taurus OC yes yes yes yes yes large
Mel 25 Hyades Taurus OC yes yes yes yes yes very large
NGC 884/869 P. Double Cluster Perseus OC yes **   yes yes in the West, close to the zenith
M 41   Canis Major OC       yes    
M 81/82 Bode Galaxies Ursa Major G       yes   very faint
NGC 2237/2244 Rosette Nebula Monoceros GE       yes   only star cluster 2244 found
NGC 2264 Christmas Tree Cl. Monoceros OC       yes   christmas tree not recognized...

*) 10 x 25 binoculars; ** found in France in autumn 2016; GE = galactic emission nebula, GR = galactic reflection nebula, G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster

 

End of March 2017

For observation details see page Deep Sky Winter/Spring Observations End of March 2017

DSO Details Name Constellation Type 100P P130
GT
GSD
680
Remarks
M 1 Crab Nebula Taurus GE       not found or forgot results
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE yes yes yes very nice
M 78   Orion GR       not found
M 44 Praesepe Cancer OC yes yes   very nice
M 67   Cancer OC       not found or forgot results
M 46/NGC 2438   Puppis OC yes yes   star cluster M 46 weak but nice, looked like a nebula at low magnification; nebula NGC 2438 not found
M 47   Puppis OC yes yes   brighter than M 46
M 93   Puppis OC yes yes   nice at higher magnifications, only glow otherwise
NGC 2237-9/46/NGC 2244 Open star cluster in Rosette Nebula Monoceros OC   yes   saw star cluster NGC 2244 only, did not find the Rosette Nebula 2237
NGC 2264 Christmas Tree cluster Monoceros OC   yes   saw the "christmas tree", but not the nebula within the cluster
M 50   Monoceros OC   yes yes nicer than M 48, filled the view
M 41   Canis Major OC yes yes yes nice, particularly at higher magnifications
NGC 2362 Canis Major cluster Canis Major OC yes yes yes I saw primarily an "L" shape...
NGC 2360   Canis Major OC       not found or forgot results
NGC 2392 Eskimo Nebula Gemini PN   yes   there seemed to be a small little dot...
M 35   Gemini OC   yes yes nice, many stars
M 36   Auriga OC   yes   the brightest cluster from M 36, M 37, and M 38
M 37   Auriga OC   yes   located outside of the "Auriga body!
M 38   Auriga OC   yes   the most difficult to see from M 36, M 37, and M 38
M 48   Hydra OC   yes   nice, not bright

PN = planetary nebula, GE = galactic emission nebula, GR = galactic reflection nebula, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster

 

May 2017

For observation details see page Deep Sky Spring/Early Summer Observations May 2017

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino*  100P 150 PDS
GT
Remarks
M 81/82 Bode Galaxy/Cigar Galaxy Ursa Major G     yes two galaxies, the left one oblique and flat, the right one rounder
zeta UMa Mizar Ursa Major DS   yes   double star; visual double star with Alcor
  Canes Venatici G     yes found, weak glow?
  Canes Venatici GC     yes similar to M 5 and M 92, somewhat grainy at higher magnifications
Whirlpool Galaxy Canes Venatici G     yes glow (perhapbs with brighter core), undefinded something, somewhat larger
M 94   Canes Venatici G     yes glow
Coma (Berenices) Star Cluster Coma Berenices OC yes yes   wide-spread open star cluster with relativly bright stars, best seen with opera glasses; a faint glow with the naked eye
Blackeye Galay Coma Berenices G     yes glow, but faily good to see
  Coma Berenices GC     yes smallest observed GC, somewhat grainy, brighter core at higher magnifications
  Virgo G     yes small, but seen quite well
M 87   Virgo G     yes perhaps a round glow, not much seen
Sombrero Galaxy Virgo G     yes oblique flat glow, no sombrero...
  Serpens Caput GC     yes similar to M 3 and M 92, somewhat grainy at higher magnifications
M 44 Praesepe Cancer OC yes yes yes very nice in binoculars
M 67   Cancer OC     yes somewhat wide-spread open star cluster
M 65/66   Leo G     yes sometimes I was able to recognize two galaxies
M 96   Leo G     yes sometimes I was able to recognize a galaxy, but often not so...
M 35   Gemini OC     yes very nice OC, fairly large
alpha Gem Castor Gemini DS   yes   double star
M 13   Hercules GC yes yes yes largest observed GC, with 4 mm eyepiece (187,5 x) a few stars recognizable, grainy, fairly well resolved into stars
M 92   Hercules GC     yes similar to M 5 and M 5, somewhat grainy at higher magnifications

*) 10 x 25 binoculars; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star

 

September 2017

For observation details see page Deep Sky Summer/Autumn Observations September 2017

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* 100P Remarks
M 13 Hercules Cluster Hercules GC yes yes prime object
epsilon Lyrae Double Double Lyra DS   yes seen as a pair only, not as "double pair"
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula SP yes yes in binoculars, the shape is better to recognize than in the telescope
beta Cyg Albireo Cygnus DS   yes nice color difference, leads the way to the Coat Hanger
M 15   Pegasus GC   yes smaller than M 13
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes yes in the North-East; seen as bright and large as never before, particularly with binoculars
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OC yes yes in the North-East, already visible to the naked eye
Mel 20 Alpha Persei Cluster (Mirfak) Perseus OC yes yes beautiful, even with the naked eye
NGC 457 Owl or E.T. Cluster Cassiopeia OC   yes? relatively small, the eyes stand out
M 81/82 Bode Galaxy/Cigar Galaxy Ursa Major G   yes in Sumène, both galaxies were easily visible
zeta UMa Mizar/Alkor Ursa Major DS   yes the pair was easy to see

*) 10 x 25 binoculars; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, SP = star pattern

 

October - Mid-December 2017

For observation details see page Deep Sky Autumn Observations October - Mid-December 2017

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* 100P Remarks
M 13 Hercules Cluster Hercules KS yes   seen well in binoculars
M 39   Cygnus OS yes yes View in telescope not impressing
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula SM yes   seen well in binoculars, found via Albireo
M 11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum OS yes   probably not seen...
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes   a glow in binoculars
M 34   Perseus OS yes yes primarily an object for binoculars
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OS yes yes seen well in binoculars, with "oval" of stars
Mel 20 Alpha Persei Cluster (Mirfak) Perseus OS yes yes seen well in binoculars, very extended
Mel 25 Hyades Taurus OS yes   seen well in binoculars, very extended
M 45 Pleiades Taurus OS yes   seen well in binoculars
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE yes   M 42/43 seen in binoculars; very faint because it was nearly Full Moon (midnight until about 1'clock), 2 bright spots (stars, probably the Trapezium) glowed in the nebula
M 35   Gemini G yes   M 35 seen only faintly

*) LT and TS binoculars; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, SP = star pattern

 

Mid-January - March 2018

For observation details see page Deep Sky Autumn Observations Mid-January - March 2018

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* 150PDS GT/S SM-102 SM-127 Remarks**
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes yes yes yes a glow in binoculars, not much better in the telescope...
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OC yes yes     seen well in binoculars, with "oval" of stars
Mel 20 Alpha Persei Cluster (Mirfak) Perseus OC yes       seen well in binoculars, very extended
Mel 25 Hyades Taurus OC yes       seen well in binoculars, very extended
M 45 Pleiades Taurus OC yes yes     seen well in binoculars
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE yes yes yes+ yes M 42/43 seen well in binoculars; seen very nicely in the telescope when the sky was dark
M 35   Gemini G yes yes     M 35 seen well as a glow in binoculars under a dark sky; seen well in the telescope
M 36   Auriga OC yes yes     M 36 seen well as a glow in binoculars under a dark sky; seen well in the telescope
M 37   Auriga OC yes yes     M 37 seen well as a glow in binoculars under a dark sky; seen well in the telescope
M 38   Auriga OC yes yes     M 38 seen well as a glow in binoculars under a dark sky; seen well in the telescope
M 44 Praesepe Cancer OC yes yes     M 44 seen well in binoculars, ditto in the telescope
M 67   Cancer OC yes yes     M 67 seen as a glow in binoculars; also seen in the telescope; later not seen because the moon was too bright
M 41   Canis Major OC yes yes     M 41 seen as a glow in binoculars; seen well in the telescope
M 46   Puppis OC   yes???     M 46 probably not seen/found
M 47   Puppis OC   yes     M 47 seen in the telescope
M 93   Puppis OC   yes     M 93 seen in the telescope
M 48   Hydra OC   yes     M 48 seen in the telescope
M 50   Moneceros OC   yes     M 50 seen in the telescope

G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, GE = galactic emission nebula
*) TS binoculars, sometimes also LT binoculars; **) the remarks do not refer to photos taken with the Atik Infinity; +) also in Kellinghusen and Erkerode

 

May to Mid-September 2018

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino 100P SM102 SM127 PS72 Remarks
Alkor & Mizar double star Ursa Major DS TS   yes yes   Mizar not separable in binoculars
M 13 Herkules Globular Cluster Hercules KS TS, OM21 yes yes yes yes seen well, even in the TS binoculars with two accompanying stars; these were just one dot in the OM21 binoculars
M 92 globular cluster Hercules KS         yes hard to find for me, smaller than M 13
eps Lyrae Double Double Lyra DS TS   yes yes  

only up from a magnification of 100 x, I was able to see 4 stars; only two stars visible in binoculars

M 57 Ring Nebula Lyra PN   yes     yes nebula disk, almost seen as a ring...
M 56   Lyra OS   yes     yes only very faint
Albireo double star Cygnus DS TS   yes yes yes beautiful, not separable in binoculars, but from a magnification of nearly 20 x up in telescopes
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula SM TS, OM21 yes     yes best to observe in binoculars, but only partly in the OM21 binoculars
M 27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula PN   yes     yes oval faint diffuse glow
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda KS TS, OM21 yes     yes already visible in binoculars (the core)
M 44 Praesepe Cancer OS TS yes yes     seen very bicely
M 67   Cancer OS TS         only a "guess"...

G = Galaxy, PN = planetary nebula, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, P = star pattern (asterism), DS = double star

 

September/October 2018

For observation details see page Deep Sky Summer/Autumn Observations September/October 2018

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Bino* PS72 Remarks
zeta UMa Mizar Ursa Major DS   yes pair seen well
M 52   Cassiopeia OC   yes found after initial problems
NGC 457 Owl/E.T. Cluster Cassiopeia OC   yes rather small, the eyes are seen best
M 103   Cassiopeia OC   yes 3-4 stars, recognized after initial problems
NGC 663   Cassiopeia OC TS yes recognized well, a lot of small stars and star pairs
St 2 Muscle Man Cassiopeia OC   yes found after initial problems
M 13 Hercules Cluster Hercules GC TS, OM21 yes demo object; seen very well in Betz
M 92   Hercules GC   yes Smaller than M 13, harder to find (for me); seen very well in Betz
epsilon Lyr Double Double Lyra DS TS, OM21 yes seen as a pair in binoculars (no "double pair"), seen as "double pair" in the telescope from a magnification of 100 x on
M 57 Ring Nebula Lyra PN   yes Seen in Sumène only at higher magnifications, thought it was a star at lower magnifications; seen well in Betz including the "hole"
M 56   Lyra GC   yes seen only faintly
IC 4665   Ophiuchus OC TS, LT yes visible also in binoculars
beta Cyg Albireo Cygnus DS   yes nice color difference, leads the way to the Coat Hanger CR 399
M 39   Cygnus OC TS, LT yes close to the zenith, close to Deneb - a wide, triangular field of stars
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula P TS, LT, OM21 yes nearly better in binoculars than in the telescope; easy to find via Sagitta or Cygnus
M 27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula PN   yes seen well
M 71   Sagitta GC   yes M 71 probably seen faintly
M 11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum OC LT, TS yes visible also in binoculars
M 16+IC4703 Eagle Nebula (OC: M 16/NGC 6611, GN: IC 4703) Serpens Cauda OC/GN   yes M 16 denotes the star cluster, IC 4703 surrounding GN
M 8/NGC 6523 Lagoon Nebula (OC: NGC 6530, GN: M 8/NGC 6523) Sagittarius OC/GN   yes nowadays, M 8 denotes the GN named NGC 6523, Stoyan includes the OC NGC 6530 in M 8
M17 Omega/Swan Nebula (GN: M 17/NGC 6618) Sagittarius GN   yes saw a glow and a star cluster (no nebula filter)
M 15   Pegasus GC   yes not as large as M 13; initially not recognized because I thought that it was a star
M 2   Aquarius GC   yes seen even better than M 15
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G TS, LT, OM21 yes in the North-East; seen large and bright as never before, particularly in binoculars
NGC 752   Andromeda OS PS 72/432 yes large, many small stars
M 33   Triangulum G LT yes only a very faint glow
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OC TS, LT, OM21 yes in the North-East; already seen with the naked eye
M 34   Perseus OC   yes  
Mel 20 Alpha Persei Cluster, Mirfak Cluster Perseus OC TS, LT, OM21 yes very nice, also with the naked eye
M 45 Pleiades/Seven Sisters Taurus OS TS, OM21 yes seen beautifully (late)

*) 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

Searched for, but not found: NGC 281 (GN), NGC 654 (OC), NGC 559 (OC)

 

Atik Infinity End of 2017 - 2018

For observation details see page Deep Sky Observations with Atik Infinity End of 2017 - 2018

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Heritage 100P 150PDS SM-102 SM-127 Remarks
M 56   Perseus GC yes yes     usable and identifiable*
M 57 Ring Nebula Lyra PN yes yes    

amazingly easy to recognize, even with blurred images

M 27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula PN yes yes     very pale, no bright photo achieved yet
M 15   Pegasus GC yes yes     usable and identifiable
M 71   Sagitta GC   yes     usable and identifiable
M 31/32 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G       yes

I was only able to photograph a part of M 31 because of its size; I saw M 32 for the first time.

M 1 Crab Nebula Taurus GE   yes, CS     faint, but identifiable
M 45 Pleiades Taurus OC   yes, CS   yes too large for the image section, but identifiable
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE   yes, CS     so far the most beautiful deep sky object, but not as colorful as on many photos; the nebula is relatively differentiated on the photos (after post-processing)
M 35   Gemini OC   yes, CS     usable and identifiable; also missed the target once
M 36   Auriga OC   yes, CS     usable and identifiable
M 37   Auriga OC   yes, CS     usable and identifiable; also missed the target once
M 38   Auriga OC   yes, CS     usable and identifiable; also missed the target once (got M 36 instead...)
M 41   Canis Major OC   yes, CS     missed the target on the first attempt, second attempt OK
M 47   Puppis OC   yes, CS     missed the target...
M 50   Monoceros OC   yes, CS     missed the target on the first attempt, second attempt OK, third one failed again
M 93   Puppis OC   yes, CS     missed the target...
NGC 2264 Christmas Tree Cluster Monoceros OC   yes, CS     find verified
Moon         yes, CS     the photos are not really sharp

G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, SP = star pattern; CS = Celestron StarSense module
*) "identifiable" means that I compared the photos with other photos or sketches of the object and that I found features that allowed to identify the object (this applies particularly to open and globular star clusters)

 

Observations with Binoculars

Note: I order to avoid too much redundancy (and work), I list the extended observation data only on the pages for the respective deep sky objects.

DSO
Name Constellation Type
Binoculars
Leica Trinovid 10 x 25 BC TS 10 x 60 LE OM 2.1 x 42
St 2 Muscle Man Cassiopeia OC yes yes  
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G yes yes yes
M 33 Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum G yes ---  
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OC yes yes yes
M 34   Perseus OS yes yes  
Mel 20 Alpha Persei (= Mirfak) Cluster Perseus OC yes yes yes
M 13 Hercules Cluster Hercules GC yes yes  
M 92   Hercules GC yes yes  
M 39   Cygnus OC yes yes  
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula P yes yes  
M 44 Praesepe/Crib Cancer OC yes yes yes
Mel 111 Coma Berenice Cluster Coma Berenice OC yes ---  
M 45 Pleiades/Seven Sisters Taurus OC yes yes  
Mel 25 Hyades Taurus OC yes yes  
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GNE yes yes  
M 35   Gemini OC yes yes  
M 36   Auriga OC yes yes  
M 37   Auriga OC yes yes  
M 38   Auriga OC yes yes  
M 41   Canis Major OC yes yes  
M 67   Cancer OC --- yes  
Double Stars
Albireo   Cygnus DS --- not separated  
Alcor and Mizar   Ursa Major DS --- Alcor (Little Rider) and Mizar separated, Mizar itself not separated ditto
Double Double   Lyra DS --- Only two stars, these not seen as double stars (that is, not four stars) ditto

G = galaxy, GNE = galactic emission nebula, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, P = star pattern, DS = double star

 

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