My first trip to the Kumeu Observatory for some time...weather, health (especially my lower back) and family commitments throwing a spanner in the works. Wanted just to get out and use the telescope and look at some bright stuff not seen in awhile.

The day was pretty good and the evening looked like it was going to hold up.
 
Observations as follows;
 
Object Type Magnification Notes
NGC6355 Globular Cluster
113X
Small bright globular with a strong core.
NGC6304 Globular Cluster
113X
Small globular with an even brightness.
M19 Globular Cluster
113X
Brighter Messier globular in Ophiuchus. Bright and well resolved.
M62
Flickering Globular
Globular Cluster
113X
Large, bright Messier globular with a strong core.
NGC6401 Globular Cluster
113X
Faint hazy globular, no real detail resolved.
NGC4372 Globular Cluster
113X
Fairly large and loose globular gluster.
NGC6101 Globular Cluster
113X
Faint deep southern globular. Not resolved.
NGC4609 Open Cluster
113X
Small open cluster with about 20 10th mag stars.
NGC5316 Open Cluster
113X
Large diffuse Open Cluster with over 100 11th mag stars. Fills half of the FOV
NGC5617 Open Cluster
113X
Sparse open cluster, moderate size.
NGC4349 Open Cluster
113X
Compact diffuse open cluster in Crux. About 150 stars between 11th and 13th mag.
He2-111
Alpha Centaurus Peculiar Planetary
Planetary Nebula
113X
Small round planetary with a completely even brightness. Very close to Alpha Centauri.
NGC4439 Open Cluster
113X
Cup shaped open cluster. Has 10 brighter members and another 6 fainter members.
NGC4337 Open Cluster
113X

NGC5139
Omega Centauri
Globular Cluster
113X

NGC5128
Centaurus A
Galaxy
113X

NGC4755
Jewel Box
Open Cluster
113X

NGC3918
Blue Planetary
Planetary Nebula
113X

NGC3372
Eta Carina and the Keyhole Nebula
Bright Nebula 87X

M6
Butterfly Cluster
Open Cluster
87X

M7
Ptolemy's Cluster
Open Cluster
87X

M8
Lagoon Nebula
Bright Nebula 87X

NGC6530 Open Cluster
& Dark Nebula
87X

M20
Trifid Nebula
Bright Nebula
113X

M21 Open Cluster
113X

M5 Globular Cluster
113X

M3 Globular Cluster
113X

M22
Sagittarius Cluster
Globular Cluster
113X

M28 Globular Cluster
113X

B86
Ink Spot Nebula
Dark Nebula
113X

NGC6520 Open Cluster
113X
Star cluster and dark nebula Barnard 86
NGC6752
Starfish Globular
Globular Cluster
113X

NGC6584 Globular Cluster
113X
Conspicuous globular cluster. Compact but bright.
NGC6397
Star City Globular, Ara Globular
Globular Cluster
113X

NGC6541 Globular Cluster
113X
Very fine condensed large globular cluster and field
NGC6569 Globular Cluster
113X
Small, round, globular cluster even in brightness.
NGC6723
The Square Degree of Magnificence
Globular Cluster
113X
Corona Australis Glob. Bright and well resolved. Possibly Type 9 due to lack of core.
NGC3201 Globular Cluster
113X
Nice globular, well resolved. An overlooked globular. No core and loose. Type 10 for sure.
NGC2808
Carina Glob, Fireflies Cluster
Globular Cluster
113X
Bright southern globular cluster with a strong core, possibly Type 1. Well framed.
M30 Globular Cluster
113X

M24
Delle Caustiche
Open Cluster
113X
Rich open cluster in star cloud M24;
M18 Open Cluster
113X

M17
Omega/Swan Nebula
Bright Nebula 113X

M25 Open Cluster
113X

M23 Open Cluster
113X

NGC6744
Great Pavo Spiral
Galaxy
113X

NGC6362 Globular Cluster
113X
Bright southern globular on it's way to being resolved. Overlooked.
NGC6221
Galaxy
113X
Roundish galaxy with a brigher core. A pair with NGC 6215.
NGC6215 Galaxy
113X
Roundish galaxy with a brigher core. A pair with NGC 6221.
NGC6025 Open Cluster
113X
Open cluster on the Norma / Triangulum Australe border, Has about 35 bright members brighter than 11th mag.
NGC6087 Open Cluster
113X
Bright but sparse open cluster with about 20 bright members around a bright orange star.
NGC6683 Open Cluster
113X
Stellar knot in the rich Milky Way.
M11
Wild Duck Cluster
Open Cluster
113X

     
It was a nice night out with plenty to see. The observatory was occupied with some microlensing work being conducted.

Enjoyed just being out and enjoying the night sky. Plenty of Messiers looked at and some fainter open clusters in Crux.

No problem with the gear , all perfomed well. All in all a good session
 
Paul Kemp
13.1" f5 Reflector with Argo Navis
Auckland, New Zealand
36° 55' 09 " South, 174° 43' 30" East
-- The Southern Sentinel --