|Location||Santa Barbara, California|
Beginner astronomer, constant neck-ache, Admin of Astrochallenge.com
We went on a mission up to Sedgwick with a group of friends and coworkers. OK conditions but the .8 meter provided good views as usual.
This was the first time I got a good look at the dumbbell Nebula. Larger than I expected, has a peculiar bow-tie shape to it. Near Zenith this time of year so the bad seeing near the horizon was lessened here. Very cool object.
The Lagoon nebula has always evaded me. I think it is too faint/diffuse for smaller scopes. Good thing I had a huge telescope with a guidance system.
Large nebula with visible dust lanes. Could almost pick out some features near the center of the FOV.
The Trifid nebula was the first nebula I ever observed when I was first getting into amateur astronomy. At that time, it was faint white smudge in the middle of an unbelievable mass of stars in Sagittarius.
On the .8m at Sedgwick the FOV is narrower, but the features are more impressive. Some dust lanes can be discerned, but it's still a mostly featureless blob.
|Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian||53|
|Orion Scenix 10x50 Binoculars||2|
|Mead LX200 (Cabrillo Observatory)||4|
|LCOGT 1Meter Scope - Sinistro||8|