ObjectTypeMagnificationNotes
NGC 6284 Globular Cluster 114x Small globular cluster not far from M9. Very small and partially resolved. Hard to determine class. Not difficult. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6401 Globular Cluster 114x Faint globular in Ophiuchus, in a spase, although starry, region about 6 degrees West of M8 and 6 degrees SE of M9. Very small and hardly resolved. 12th Mag star embedded in the halo of this globular. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6355 Globular Cluster 114x Small globular cluster in Ophiuchus. Easy, moderately bright. Condensed core possible a Class 4 or 5. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6316 Globular Cluster 114x Small globular cluster in Ophiuchus. Compact with a bright core. Has a bright star close by and in a line of three stars. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6304 Globular Cluster 114x Small globular cluster in Ophiuchus. Even in brightness partially resolved and fairly bright compared to near by globulars. Very similar in appearance to NGC6293 3 degrees to the N. Less than a degree from the Scorpius border. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6546 Open Cluster 114x Sparse open cluster of about 25 stars a degree to the E of M20. 10 stars are brighter than 12th Mag. A distinctive equalateral triange of 10th stars in positioned on the SE side of this cluster.
NGC 6544 Globular Cluster 114x Small globular cluster a degree south of M8. This object is remarkable, it looks like a pendant on a chain. The glob itself is partially resolved with a bright core but pretty small and has a mottled appearance. A loop of faint stars makes a chain that weaves to the east and loops round to the south. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 6357 Bright Nebula 114x Faint nebulous patch near two small 11th magnitude stars. The UHC filter increases contrast and hints at a larger patch of nebulosity over the whole area.
M 20 Bright Nebula 114x Quick look at the Trifid with the UHC in. Contrasty dark lanes and the reflection nebulosity is still visible despite the filter.
NGC 6642 Globular Cluster 176x Small globular cluster with a condensed core. Not bright and partially resolved. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 5850 Galaxy 114x Faint galaxy to the E of the NGC5846 double galaxy. Even in brightness with a small core. Herschel Second 400 Object.
NGC 5848 Galaxy 176x Small galaxy east of NGC5838. No detail and fairly difficult,
NGC 5846A Galaxy 176x Moderate bright double nucleus galaxy. If it is two galaxies, the galaxies must be very close, less than the width of Jupiter. Round and about 3 arc minutes in diameter. A half degree S of the equally bright NGC5838. NGC5846A is a partner galaxy.
NGC 5846 Galaxy 176x Moderate bright double nucleus galaxy. If it is two galaxies, the galaxies must be very close, less than the width of Jupiter. Round and about 3 arc minutes in diameter. A half degree S of the equally bright NGC5838. NGC5846A is a partner galaxy. Herschel 400 Object.
NGC 5845 Galaxy 176x Small stellar glow just to the W of the NGC5146 double galaxy. Faint.
NGC 5839 Galaxy 176x Small galaxy to the W of the NGC5846 double galaxy. Even brightness with no detail. Hard but not difficult.
NGC 5838 Galaxy 176x Bright elongated oval galaxy with a bright core. Close to a 9th mag star and a half degree N of the NGC5846 double galaxy. Easy. Herschel Second 400 Object
NGC 5979 Planetary Nebula 114x Round PN with an even brightness, no detail or central star.
NGC 5844 Planetary Nebula 114x Small PN, round with not much detail. Not difficult to spot, certainly no filter required, Starry field.
NGC 6025 Open Cluster 114x Open cluster on the Norma / Triangulum Australe border, Has about 35 bright members brighter than 11th mag. Beautiful white stars in a nice field. Couple of bright stars 8th mag stars are prominent in the SE.
NGC 6087 Open Cluster 114x Bright but loose/sparse open cluster with about 15 to 20 bright members. Has a bright orange member (Mag 6.5 S Normae) in the centre of the cluster.
NGC 5999 Open Cluster 114x Condensed open cluster with members very close together, like a loose globular. About 50 to 70 members no brighter than 11th Mag. Fairly faint.
Shapley 1 Planetary Nebula 114x Shapley 1. Barely noticable without the UHC or OIII filters from Kumeu, although you can spot it fairly easily when you know exactly where it is with adverted vision. However once the OIII was employed this object was easy with a ring shape detected. Spent some time looking at Shapley 1 with different filters etc.
M 92 Globular Cluster 114x Had to do the limbo with the Dob tonight to see M92. Object down very low and suffered from a milky northern horizon. Large well resolved globular cluster with moderate core, maybe a type 5. Captured exactly as M92 crossed the merdian. Object cannot be observed any higher from Kumeu
NGC 5189 Planetary Nebula 114x Nice widefield view of the Spiral Planetary. Irregular and bright.
     

Another accurate night with the Palm DSC's. Kumeu offers excellent views in the east above 30 degrees all the way round through north to the south. OK low in the north but not as good a Wenderholm.

The observations tended to focus around the Scorpius/ Ophiuchus border and the many globular cluster

Had a good look a Shapley 1 through all sorts of filter and eyepiece combinations. NGC 6544 was a highlight due to the surrounding field and it was good to catch up with M92 as well, low down in the north.

A very interesting group of galaxies was observed, this was the NGC 5846 group. The individual objects in this cluster are logged above, but the galaxy grouping was very interesting. NGC 5846/5846A dominates this group. The white circle indicates the FOV with a 11mm Nagler at 176x.

Home at just after 10:30 PM.

Paul Kemp
13.1" Reflector
Auckland, New Zealand
36° 55' 09 " South, 174° 43' 30" East
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