Deep Sky Observations with eVscope September/October 2020

Conditions | Observation Overview | List of Observed Sky Objects | References

Since the end of January 2020, I own an Unistellar eVscope telescope for observing and taking photos of deep sky objects. On this page, I collect information about observations from September/October 2020, which might be of interest to other beginners. The photos that were taken during the observations are shown elsewhere on this site.

In this phase, I visited (and documented here...) the following deep sky objects with the Unistellar eVscope (in alphabetical order):

Notes:

 

Conditions

Sky Region and Objects

In September/October 2020, I observed mostly the following sky area (some observed objects are indicated):

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Click the map for a larger version - it opens in a new window (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

Observation Time

The observations in this phase started at the beginning of September 2020. They typically took place shortly after dusk (after 11 p.m.), when it was sufficiently dark for a successful star alignment.

Observation Location

Most observations took place in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (Germany):

Equipment Used

When observing with the eVscope, I only needed the eVscope and my iPhone. I also used my laptop for running SkySafari (for DSO) and Stellarium (for coordinates) in parallel to the observations.

General Conditions

In general, the sky above Mühlhausen/Kraichgau is "light-polluted" and does not invite you to search for deep sky objects. For astro photography, however, light pollution is not as disturbing as for visual observations.

 

Observation Overview

Observation Dates

Date
2020
Observed Objects Observed Objects, Details Remarks Further Remarks
Sep 4
MH
GC: M 13, (M 55), M 92
OC: M 52
PN: M 27, M 57
Order (from about 10:30 p.m. on): M 52, M 92, M 13, M 55, M 57, M 27 More or less unusable, because of too many fast moving clouds eVscope fairly inaccurate, probally not correctly levelled
Sep 7
MH
GC: M 30, M 75, NGC 6934
OC: M 11, M 103, NGC 457, NGC 559, NGC 663, NGC 6885, NGC 7789
G: M 31, M 33, NGC 6946, NGC 7331
GN: IC 1396, IC 5070, IC 5146, NGC 281, NGC 6888, NGC 6960, NGC 6995, NGC 7000
PN: NGC 6567
Order (8:45 p.m.to 00:10 a.m.): M 11 (Wild Duck Cluster), NGC 6885 (6882 not known to the App), NGC 6934, M 75, NGC 6960 (Western Veil Nebula), NGC 6995 (Eastern Veil Nebula), IC 5070 (Pelican Nebula), NGC 7000 (North America Nebula), NGC 6888 (Crescent Nebula), NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy), NGC 7789 (White Rose Cluster), IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula), IC 1396 (Elephant Trunk), NGC 6567, NGC 7331, M 30, NGC 663, NGC 281 (Pacman Nebula), NGC 457 (Owl/E.T. Cluster), NGC 559, M 103, M 31, M 33 Fairly dark sky; NGC 7789 (White Rose Cluster) was weekly challenge by Unistellar eVscope OK again...
Sep 8
MH
GC: M 2, M 14, M 15, M 55, M 56
G: M 51, M 101, M 106, M 109
GN: C 9, NGC 7380, NGC 7635
PN: NGC 6567, NGC 6826, NGC 7662
DS: M 40
Order (9:20 p.m. to 00:30 a.m.): NGC 7380 (Wizard Nebula/Cluster), NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), NGC 7662 (Blue Snowball Nebula), M 55, NGC 6567, NGC 6826 (Blinking Nebula, not working at 86°, although visible, but EV did not work; at 89° nothing worked), M 51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), M 101, M 109, M 40, M 106, M 2, M 14, M 15, M 56, C 9 (Cave Nebula) Fairly dark sky Observed on the balcony because of M 55 and M 30 ; NGC 6826 only in Live View mode
Sep 9
MH
GC: M 30
G: M 33, NGC 6835
GN: C 9, IC 1396, IC 5146, NGC 7023, NGC 7635,
PN: M 27, NGC 6781, NGC 6826
Order (9:45 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.): NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), NGC 6835 (G), NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), NGC 6781, IC 1396 (Elephant Trunk), IC 5146 (Cocoon Nebula), M 30, M 33 (Triangulum Galaxy), C 9 (Cave Nebula), NGC 6826 (Blinking Planetary Nebula), M 27 (Dumbbell Nebulal)
(NGC 6914 ging nicht, IC 1795 auch nicht)
Fairly dark sky Back on the terrace...
Sep 12
MH
OC: IC 1805, IC 1848
G: NGC 6946
GN: IC 1805, IC 1848, NGC 281, NGC 869, NGC 884,
PN: M 27, M 76, NGC 6781

Order (10:30 p.m. to 00:10 a.m.): M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula), NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy), NGC 6781 (Snowball Nebula), NGC 869, NGC 884, IC 1848 (Soul Nebula), IC 1805 (Heart Nebula), M 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula), NGC 281 (Pacman Nebula)

Fairly dark sky On the terrace...
Sep 14
MH
G: M 31, NGC 5907
GN: IC 1805, NGC 7023
PN: NGC 6543

Order (10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.): NGC 6543 (Cat's Eye Nebula), NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), NGC 5907 (Splinter Galaxy), IC 1805 (Heart Nebula), M 31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

Clouds disturbed the observations  
Sep 15
MH
GC: M 13, M 92
G: NGC 5907
GN: C 9, IC 1396, NGC 281, NGC 7023, NGC 7380, NGC 7635
PN: M 27, M 57, M 76, NGC 6781
Order (10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.): M 13, M 92, NGC 5907 (Splinter Galaxy), NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula), M 57 (Ring Nebula), NGC 6781 (Snowball Nebula), NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), C 9 (Cave Nebula), NGC 7380 (Wizard Nebula), IC 1396 (Elephant Trunk), M 76 (Small Dumbbell Nebula), NGC 281 (Pacman Nebula) Fairly dark sky With iPad as Observer
Sep 18
MH
OC: M 2, M 15, M 56, NGC 7006
OC: M 34
G: M 31, M 33, NGC 891, NGC 925, NGC 5907, NGC 6835, NGC 7640
GN: IC 1795, NGC 1396, NGC 7635
PN: NGC 6751
Order (09:45 p.p. to 01:00 a.m.): M 56, NGC 7006, M 15, M 2, NGC 6835, NGC 5907 (Splinter Galaxy), NGC 7640, NGC 6751, NGC 925, M 33 (Triangulum Galaxy), NGC 891, IC 1795 (Fish Head Nebula), IC 1396 (Elephant Trunk), M 34, NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), M 31 (Andromeda Galaxy) Fairly dark sky With iPhone as Observer
Sep 28
MH

GC: M 3, M 13, M 92

Order (8:40 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.): M 3, M 13, M 92 (clouds, small) - photos not useable Clouds; at the end the sky was completely covered by clouds, I cancelled the observation...  
Sep 30
MH
GC: M 13, M 92
OC: M 11
G: NGC 6946
GN: NGC 6960, NGC 6995, NGC 7023
PN: M 57
DS: Albireo

Order (8:40 p.m. to 11:10 p.m.): M 13, M 92, M 11 (Wild Duck Cluster), NGC 6960 (Western Veil Nebula), NGC 6995 (Eastern Veil Nebula), NGC 6946 (Fireworks Galaxy), NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula), M 56, Albireo, M 57

   
Oct 10
MH
GC: M 15, M 56, NGC 6934
G: M 33, NGC 7479
PN: M 27
P: Mars
Order (11:00 p.m. to 00:00 a.m.): M 56, NGC 6934, M 15, M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula), NGC 7479 (Superman Galaxy), M 33 (Triangulum Galaxy), Mars Waning half moon, which still did not disturb, a few clouds Forgotten: M 74
Oct 19
MH
GC: M 13, M 15, M 71
OC: NGC 663, NGC 752 G: IC 1613, M 31, M 32, M 74, M 110, NGC 185, NGC 891
GN: NGC 281, NGC 7000
PN: M 27, M 76
P: Mars
Order (7:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.): M 13, M 15, M 71, (M 33), M 31 (Andromeda Galaxy; auto exposure wrong), M 32, M 31, NGC 185, M 110, NGC 281, NGC 663, NGC 752, M 76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula), M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula), Mars, IC 1613 (nothing to see), M 74, NGC 891, NGC 7000 (North America Nebula) Three days after New Moon This time, M 74 observed

Bold: First observation during this observation period; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, GN = galactic nebula, PN = planetary nebula, P = star pattern, DN = dark nebula, C = comet, SN = supernova, SC = star cloud

 

List of Observed Sky Objects

Object details can be obtained via the links to the relevant deep sky objects.

DSO Details
Name Constellation Type Remarks
C 9 Cave Nebula Cepheus GN Large reddish nebula, faint in the eVscope
IC 1396 Elephant Trunk Cepheus GE Very large nebula, practically not visible as a nebula...
IC 1613   Cetus G Irregular dwarf galaxy, practically not seen...
IC 1795 Fish Head Nebula Cassiopeia GN The galactic nebulae IC 1795 (also named NGC 896), IC 1805, and IC 1848 form a larger nebulosity region in the constellation Cassiopeia, not far away from the Perseus Double Cluster NGC 869/884. The Fish Head Nebula next to IC 1805 is the brightest region and was therefore discovered first.
IC 1805 Heart Nebula Cassiopeia GN/OS The galactic nebulae IC 1805, IC 1848, and IC 1795 (also named NGC 896) form a larger nebulosity region in the constellation Cassiopeia, not far away from the Perseus Double Cluster NGC 869/884.
IC 1848 Soul Nebula Cassiopeia GN/OS The galactic nebulae IC 18485, IC 1805, and IC 1795 (also named NGC 896) form a larger nebulosity region in the constellation Cassiopeia, not far away from the Perseus Double Cluster NGC 869/884.
IC 5070 Pelican Nebula Cygnus GE Large reddish nebula, can be guessed without post-processing...
IC 5146 Cocoon Nebula Cygnus GE Small reddish nebula with embedded open star cluster Cr 470
M 2   Aquarius GC Nice globular cluster, one of the larger ones; very similar to M 15
M 3   Canes Venatici GC Nice globular cluster, one of the larger ones; slightly disturbed by clouds this time...
M 11 Wild Duck Cluster Scutum OC Is located in the Scutum cloud, a special section of the Milky Way; therefore the photos are full of stars.; therefore the photos are full of stars.
M 13   Hercules GC Nice globular cluster, one of the largest ones, larger than M 5
M 14   Ophiuchus GC The third of the three bright globular star clusters in Ophiuchus, but different in character from M 10 und M 12.
M 15   Pegasus GC Supposedly, it is the best globular cluster in autumn.
M 27 Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula PN Somewhat faint, but nice; profits from a dark sky
M 30   Capricornus GC According to Stoyan, a typical globular star cluster that cannot be resolved in small telescopes. In the eVscope this is manifested by the very bright core.
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G Too large for the eVscope's field of view
M 32   Andromeda G Satellite of M 31; M 31 partly in the field of view
M 33 Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum G Normally very faint, but this time better to see
M 40   Ursa Major DS Optical double star; nearby are three small galaxies (NGC 4284, NGC 4290, PGC 39934)
M 51 Whirlpool Galaxy Canes Venatici G Nice spiral galaxy with connected satellite galaxy
M 52   Cassiopeia OC Mid-sized open star cluster
M 55   Lyra GC Larger globular star cluster, very far in the south
M 56   Lyra GC One of the smaller globular star clusters
M 57 Ring Nebula Lyra GN Ring nice to see
M 71   Sagitta GC According to Stoyan, an unusually loose globular star cluster.
M 74   Pisces G Nice spiral galaxy, but in the eVscope just a faint dot/glow...
M 75   Sagittarius GC According to Stoyan, following M 54, the farthest away globular star cluster in Messier's catalogue, which explains its low brightness and size.
M 76 Small Dumbbell Nebula Perseus PN Got its name because it resembles the much larger Dumbbell Nebula M 27.
M 92   Hercules GC Nice globular star cluster, smaller than M 13, but brighter core
M 101   Ursa Major G Spiral galaxy, seen face-on, similar to M 99 and M 100, but much larger than both; quite impressive in the eVscope
M 103   Casiopeia OC Triangular shape good to see
M 106   Canes Venatici G Larger and bright spiral galaxy with bright core; close to it there is the small spiral galaxy NGC 4248.
M 109   Ursa Major G Barred spiral galaxy, the bar is easily recognized in the eVscope
M 110   Andromeda G Satellite of M 31; nor in the field of view with M 31
NGC 185   Cassiopeia G Elliptical galaxy, satellite galaxy of the Andromeda Galaxy
NGC 281 Pacman Nebula Cassiopeia GE Reddish nebula, fits the feVscope's field of view
NGC 457 Owl/E.T. Cluster Cassiopeia OC Nice, particularly the "eyes"
NGC 559   Cassiopeia OC Smaller open cluster in Cassiopeia
NGC 604   Triangulum HII The brightest HII region in M 33, a small blob...
NGC 663   Cassiopeia OC Large; seen well in mid-February and in September
NGC 752   Cassiopeia OC Large, loose open star cluster
NGC 869 h-Persei (part of the double cluster) Perseus OS Both clusters together are too large for the eVscope's field of view; the more compact cluster of the two
NGC 884 chi-Persei (part of the double cluster) Perseus OS Both clusters together are too large for the eVscope's field of view; for me, this is the nicer cluster
NGC 891   Andromeda G Seen from the side; nice but faint
NGC 925   Triangulum G  
NGC 5907 Splinter Galaxy Draco G Can be seen edge-on; in contrast to other "edge-on" galaxies, the ends are not pointed.
NGC 6543 Cat's Eye Nebula Draco PN Very small in the eVscope
NGC 6567   Sagittarius PN Identified only using Astrometry.net
NGC 6751   Aquila PN Small in the eVscope, but can still be identified.
NGC 6781 Snowball Nebula Aquila PN According to Stoyan, the brightest of four fainter planetary nebulae in this constellation; reminds me of the Ring and the Dumbell nebulae
NGC 6826 Blinking Nebula Cygnus PN According to Stoyan brighter than the Ring Nebula M 57, but not so easy to observe. In the eVscope it is just a blue dot...
NGC 6835   Sagittarius G Very small and seen edge-on; some sources call it a barred spiral.
NGC 6882/5   Vulpecula OS Wide-spread open star cluster, actually NGC 6885, not NGC 6882...
NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula Cygnus GE Faint and better suited to larger telescopes
NGC 6934   Delphinus GC According to Stoyan hard to resolve; it is, however, possible with the eVscope.
NGC 6946 Fireworks Galaxy Cepheus G 40' distant from the open star cluster NGC 6939, too far to see both in the eVscope at once
NGC 6960 Western Veil Nebula Cygnus GN I was able to catch at least a glimpse of NGC 6960 with the eVscope, although all this is far too large for the eVscopes field of view.
NGC 6995 Eastern Veil Nebula Cygnus GN I was able to catch at least a glimpse of NGC 6995 with the eVscope, although all this is far too large for the eVscopes field of view.
NGC 7000 North-America Nebula Cygnus GN Too large for the eVscope, nebula not really recognizable...
NGC 7006   Delphinus GC Small, but also far away for a globular star cluster
NGC 7023 Iris Nebula Cepheus GN NGC 7023 is the name of an open star cluster containing the Iris Nebula The Iris Nebula is a reflection nebula illuminated by a central star.
NGC 7331 with NGC 7335 Pegasus G Originally faint, but confirmed with a Stoyan drawing; better seen in August and September 2020; the galaxy NGC 7335 and to smaller galaxies are on the better photos.
NGC 7380 Wizard Nebula / Cluster Cepheus GN/OS A star formation region that contains the young open star cluster NGC 7380.
NGC 7479 Superman Galaxy Pegasus G Can be seen well as a barred spiral.
NGC 7635 Bubble Nebula Cassiopeia GN Is located close to the well-known open star cluster M 52.
NGC 7640   Andromeda G Faint
NGC 7662 Blue Snowball Nebula Andromeda PN According to Stoyan, one of the most beautiful planetary nebulae in the autumn sky, which appears in the small telescope as an even blue disc. In the eVscope it appears as a prominent but small blue spot.
NGC 7789 Caroline's Rose Cluster, White Rose Cluster Cassiopeia OC Large; according to Stoyan one of the richest star clusters for small telescopes.
Albireo   Cygnus DS Hard to recognize as a double star in the eVscope
Mars     P Tiny orange-yellow spot

G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, GE = galactic emission nebula, GR = galactic reflection nebula, DN = dark nebula, C = comet, PN = planetary nebula, SP = star pattern, HII = HII region (emission nebula in other galaxies), SC = star cloud, P = planet

 

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