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Dean Johnson

    Well, I got out for two and a half hours. I had to fight the partly cloudy skies the whole time, but I did get another couple Herschel 400 objects.

    NGC 2301 in Monoceros is a beautiful star cluster, a wavy line of stars centered around a lovely double star whose primary is a nice bright yellow. Really cool looking. 8)
    NGC 2304 in Gemini. What can a guy say about this open cluster except they must have been ******* DESPARATE to include this puny little group in the Herschel 400 list. You can see it with averted vision (or Captain Kirk's turn of phrase "averted imagination"). Seriously, averted vision works best, it is there, but a star cluster whose brightest members start at 11th magnitude probably looks real good in one of the Keck telescopes in Hawaii. ::)

    I got observations in on Venus, Comet Lulin, Saturn and the Dwarf Planet Ceres. When I wasn't dodging clouds, I used my binoculars to look at the obvious stuff in Orion and Canis Major, the least affected part of the sky.

    Better luck tomorrow night, at least I passed the 50 hour mark for this observing year. I'm ahead of last years pace, anyway. 🙂