In April 2020, I did simple "deep-sky spring observations," which might be of interest to other beginners and are therefore described here. They took place in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (Germany)..
List of observed deep sky objects (the links lead to pages describing the DSOs):
I selected the observation objects primarily on the basis of my literature (see references).
I observed in various sky areas as shown in the sky map below.
The following inverted map shows approximately the sky area that I primarily browsed during my observations (and some of the observed objects):
Click the map for a larger version - it opens in a new window (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)
The observations were done in April 2020.
The observations took place in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (Germany):
In Mühlhausen/Kraichgau, the sky was not particularly dark.
|Observed Objects||Details, Remarks||Further Observations and Remarks||Devices Used||Eyepieces Used|
|GN: M 42/43||Orion:
Apr 4: Observed with SM-127, photographing the Orion Nebula was difficult (hitting the target, focusing), but I got a result
Apr 5: Observed with SM-127; Orion nebula (focusing difficult), but results with RX100 M4, visually, the nebula was hardly visible because of the moon ; moon with RX100 M4 and also purely visually, but already very faint...
Binoculars (LT, OM): Venus and Pleiades, in the Pleiades only the biggest stars ("carriage") visible
Apr 6: Observed and photographed with PS72 and SM-127.
PS72: Half-Venus seen well with 24, 16, and 4 mm (108 x); at the end with less "color"; also observed and photographed M 42 with RX100 M4 (with and without zoom)
SM-127: again observed and photographed with RX100 M4 the now nearly full moon
|Attempts to photograph the Orion Nebula M 42/43 with small telescopes and a normal camera,||PS72 on AZ Pronto, Skymax-127 on AZ Pronto||32 mm|
|G: M 65, M 66, M 95, M 96, NGC
Observed NGC 2903 (very faint), the pair M 65/66, M 95, M 96, and NGC 3628 (eVscope only) in parallel to the eVscope; all the galaxies were rather faint (Astrid saw them better than me); M 65 and 66 could be seen in the same field of view. Overall, all the galaxies were very faint despite new moon; probably, the PS72 would have found none of them... The eVscope found all the galaxies, but had some problems with the Enhanced Vision mode (at most with NGC 2903)
|Comparison of the C8 with the eVscope based on some Leo galaxies; new
moon, but the sky was still fairly bright.
Venus crescent photographed with C8
|C8 on AZ4||C8: 40, 26 mm|
Bold: First observation during this observation period; all observations done in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau (MH); G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, GN = galactic nebula, PN = planetary nebula, P = star pattern, DS = double star
Object details can be obtained via the links to the relevant deep sky objects.
|M 42/43||Orion Nebula||Orion||GN||yes||yes||Made photo attempts with the Sony RX100 M4|
|M 65||Leo||G||yes||Faint, observed together with M 66 in the same field of view|
|M 66||Leo||G||yes||Faint, observed together with M 65 in the same field of view|
|NGC 2903||Leo||G||yes||Very faint|
*) LT = 10 x 25 binoculars, TS = 10 x 60 binoculars; G = galaxy, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, DS = double star, P = star pattern, GN = galactic nebula, PN = planetary nebula, MW = Milky Way, C = comet