Sunday, April 06, 2008

100 Objects

The family & I took advantage of that great weather and went to Canyon of the Eagles an the Eagle Eye Observatory last night. This is the time of year for staying up late for a Messier Marathon, and I nearly made it. I managed to view 100 out of the 110, not a bad night's work. I really should have tried last month, but the weather wasn't cooperating, so there were a couple already below the horizon at sunset. I pooped out about 4:00 a.m., so I missed some early morning ones, but in between I saw a trove of goodies. I didn't make notes, but I recall the Sombrero Galaxy (M104), the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Bode's & Cigar Galaxies (M81/82) as particularly stunning.

1 comment:

Phil said...

I couldn't get out there this past weekend due to other obligations. I managed to get to the Dam but I fear the light pollution is really negating the usefulness of that site anymore.

I did look at M51 through the 12" LB when I was at COE last. Absolutely amazing!