H M13, the globular cluster in Hercules, was very
easy with the unaided eye and mag 6.3 stars were distinct using
direct vision with stars of 7th magnitude visible with
The Milky Way, our home Galaxy was a bright neon
white band always visible out of the corner of my eye no matter
where I was looking.
The Merope Nebula in the Pleiades, M45, was not
only visible but showed extended detail out past the chain of stars
which is remarkable considering how low it was at 2 am.
The Helix Nebulae, our closest planetary nebulae,
in Aquarius appeared like a giant version of M57, using an OIII
filter showed a brilliant, bright smoke ring with annular detail Iíve
only seen in photos.
I used my 5-inch
refractor to hunt down IC1795 from the RASC Challenge Objects List;
this object is listed as requiring at least 8-inches of aperture to
see under a good sky.
Chris Beckett, Kitchener
Waterloo RASC National Representative.