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Session began around 7:30. Shaun, Tim, Peter, Fred W. III, and Fred W. IV were in attendance. It was cold, but we stayed out for nearly an hour. On account of all the new snow we had trouble thinking of a good place to set up that would be both accessible and dark. In the end we just set up on the edge of the courtyard where we observed the Venus-Jupiter conjunction earlier. There was plenty of light around so no doubt that impacted our viewing.

Common Name: Great Neb. in Orion, M42
NGC1976: Nebula.
Magnitude: 4.00
Constellation: Ori  Size (minutes) :  66
Rise:12h 36m  Transit:18h 17m  Set: 0h  2m 

The Orion Nebula. Easily visible in the finder and extremely bright in the main 'scope. This object is surely one of the finest in the sky. The LX10 brought out quite a bit of detail in the nebula making for a very interesting view.

NGC2024: Nebula with dust.
Magnitude: (Not Available)
Constellation: Ori  Size (minutes) :  30
Rise:12h 28m  Transit:18h 23m  Set: 0h 22m 

This is a reflection nebula just east of Zeta Orionis. Peter fairly easily located the area in the LX10. However, the nebula was faint and elusive. Peter claims to have observed it using averted vision as a faint splotch in the same field of view as Zeta. (Using the 26mm eyepiece). However, it was not at all obvious.

Common Name: M41
NGC2287: Open cluster dense.
Magnitude:  4.50
Constellation : CMa  Size (minutes) :  38
Rise:14h 50m  Transit:19h 27m  Set: 0h  9m 

This is an open cluster just south of Sirus. Peter's 7x50 binoculars showed the object as a bright fuzzy ball. In the LX10 (26mm eyepiece) it showed many stars and filled the field of view. This is a nice object.

Common Name: M35
NGC2168: Open cluster rich.
Magnitude:  5.10
Constellation: Gem  Size (minutes) :  28
Rise:11h  5m  Transit:18h 50m  Set: 2h 40m 

NGC 2168. This is a bright open cluster in the foot of Gemini. As with M41 it filled the field of view in the LX10. However, it showed a great many stars.

NGC 2157. This is a faint, compact cluster on the edge of M35. In the LX10 it appeared as a granular fuzz ball amid the stars of M35. Very beautiful. Peter was impressed that the cluster had a granular appearance. It was as if the member stars were almost visible individually. There are three star clusters close to M35.

The LX10 required a good 30 minutes of cool down time before the star images it produced were reasonably stable. However, this wasn't a major issue for our deep sky observations this evening. In any case, by the end of the session, it seemed to be pretty well at thermal equilibrium.

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