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Finally got a chance to go outside tonight to do a little observing. Skies nice and clear with temps in the mid 30's when I started around 7pm (CST). Seeing was probably about average. Using the Z12 dob I observed the following objects: Jupiter (best views at 230x using the 13mm Hyperion and 2x Ultima Barlow). N & S EQ Bands stood out very clearly with multiple banding and shading detected in the N & S polar regions. Wasn't able to detect any festoons. M35 and NGC 2158 in Gemini. M35 was aglow with multitudes of brightly glowing stars. Using 188x (8mm Hyp.) could just begin to see individual points of star-light in NGC 2158 next to M35. In Orion observed M42, M43, NGC 1977, 1981, faintly made out the Flame Nebula using UHC-S filter. Double/Multiple stars: Rigel, Sigma Ori, Alnitak, Struve 761, and 38 Lyncis (188x). Called it a night around 8:30 with temp at 32. Didn't dress warm enough to stay out longer.
Clear skies everyone!

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Comment by philip grombliniak on December 29, 2013 at 2:14pm
Very nice.
Comment by Amy D. on December 28, 2013 at 12:33pm

What a great observing session! Jupiter is my favorite planet to observe. I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to observing, I do a lot of binocular astronomy. I love the fact that you can see Jupiter's moons in a pair of binocs. I'm hoping to see the BRS however I know I need more power than my binoculars will give me (10x50). Any thoughts on what I should use?

Keep looking up!

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