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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Messier 103

All right, back in the game! With cooler nights and cleaner workflow, its getting better. Here's a nice take of M103, the last I-am-not-a-comet object recorded by Charles Messier. Some 8,000 light years distant, Charles apparently never observed this open cluster. It was included in his work based on a report received by Pierre Mechain in 1781 of whom he became friends with in 1774.

Looks like it is time to collimate this RC scope, coma is apparent in the left and upper left bounds of the image. Gasp!

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