M33 - Triangulum Spiral Galaxy
Another member of the Local Group of galaxies the Triangulum Galaxy (
As this object has climbed in the sky it has got better and better. A naked eye fuzz just below the Pleiades tonight it looked great through the binoculars so I decided to train the 'scope on it. Well - wow - it looked amazing - far better than last time I tried. At x40 it dominated the field of view. The core was bright, a pin point of light, and surrounding this was the glow of the comet - staring at it for a while it was possible to see how this fuzz was slightly stretched to one side in a tear drop shape. Sadly, at x100 the light from the street lights completely ruined the view.
M31, M32 and M110 - Andromeda Galaxy Group
As last night the Andromeda Galaxy looked stunning, spilling across the field of view. This time I used Turn Left... to identify its two companions.
The Double Cluster
I had been very disappointed with my view of the Perseus Double Cluster when I checked it out under moonlight skies a week or two previously so I decided to try again now that it was dark. I was not disappointed. The cluster was faintly visible to the naked eye, and looked good in the binoculars, but then I put the 'scope on it. It was absolutely breathtaking. In the 25mm Plossl the two clusters fit perfectly into the FOV and had stunning amounts of depth and detail.
Almach - Gamma Andromadae
I remember in Durham trying to split this double and failing (must have been a terrible night for seeing!). I turned the 'scope on this after the success of the Double Cluster (and a cup of tea). Again I wasn't disappointed (this must have been my lucky night!) and could almost see the split at x40! Whacking in the Barlowed 10mm Plossl I was greeted with a perfect double. The primary star is mag. 2.2 and golden yellow in colour. The secondary is mag. 5.1, and appeared with a beautiful turqoise colour. There was a good deal of glare due to the brightness of the primary but the longer I looked the better the view.
M81 - Spiral Galaxy
Located close to Ursa Major, M81, or Bode's Galaxy, is a large Spiral Galaxy. In the 'scope it was only possibly to see the bright, oval-shaped central core which stood out at x40 and was still clear at x200.