M57 - The Ring Nebula
Somewhat dim view with the Ring only really popping out with averted vision. Spent about 10 minutes observing this with both high and low power. Noticed more of a flattened oval shape with darker center and brighter area at NW. Also noticed dim star just to E of the nebula but no sign of central pulsar.
Saw a bright meteor pass very quickly roughly South to North from the direction of
Saw a dim meteor pass very quickly roughly South to North from the direction of
M71 - Globular Cluster
Whilst taking images of the
M11 - Wild Duck Cluster
Studied this beautiful open cluster, located in
With an overall brightness of magnitude 5.8, M11 contains as many as 500 stars ranging from 8th magnitude down to 14th magnitude.
M26 - Open Cluster
Dim cluster in
NGC 6712 - Globular Cluster
A very round, compact and dim globular cluster in
I did not observe this meteor but subsequent study of my photographs turned up this one passing through an exposure taken at 00:42. Possible
IC 4665 - Open Cluster
I was too late to get any of the Messier's in
M31, M32 and M110
This was easily the most spectacular view of the Andromeda Galaxy I've ever had. For just a few minutes the viewing conditions were absolutely perfect and the galaxy filled the FOV of the 25mm eyepiece, stretching out beyond it on either side. Its two companions were also bright and easily visible and gave an idea of the expanse of the parent galaxy. A truly awe inspiring sight!
M33 - Spiral Galaxy
C14 - Double Cluster
To finish off the night I enjoyed a stunning view of this jewel of the night sky - two dense clusters of stars packed close together which completely fill the FOV in my 25mm Plossl.