Trip To Cherry Springs State Park’s Dark Skies

Ok lots of good stuff to share after an awesome night at Cherry Springs State Park in PA on 10/11/2015.  Fantastic! A gathering of hardcore astronomers. Great clear skies. The temps went down to 40F … a bit chilly, and only meant for those who are ready for it! You can check out my camp and observing setup.  All set for a great night.   Just fantastic foliage all around us and on the  drive there – nature is just stunning!  I was joined by five members of my club, the Kopernik Astronomical Society (http://www.kopernikastro.org).  I observed visually nearly 40ish objects through my New Moon Telescopes 16″ f/4 Dob – love that scope!.  Below are some rookieish but ever improving wide field photos (barely processed.  It was a great night out for a last hurrah before the rougher weather kicks in.
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Object List for the night:

1. M31
2. M32
3. M110
4. M33
5. NGC 7662 (blue snowball),
6. M34
7. NGC 752 (open cluster)
8. NGC 404 (Mirach’s Ghost)
9. Attempted NGC 1275 – but did not find it – did not come back
9.2 M8
9.3 M20/M21
9.4 M17/18
9.5 M26
9.6 M11
9.7 M22
10. M74
11. NGC 7331
12. NGC 246 – Skull Nebula- Planetary
13. NGC 520 – flying ghost
14. NGC 7293 – Helix Nebula
15. NGC 7009 – Saturn Nebula
16. NGC 7184 – Spiral Galaxy
17. NGC 7180
18. NGC 7185
19. NGC 7188
20. M73
21. M72
22. M30
23. Formalhaut – I always stop and visually observe this star – I always think of the photographed planet there.  Very cool.
24. NGC 7377 – Spiral Galaxy
25. NGC 869/884
26. Stock 2 Open Cluster
27. ngc 957 – Open Cluster
28. NGC 457 – Owl Cluster
29. NGC 7789 – Open Cluster
30. M52
31. Mellotte 20
32. NGC 1245
33. M34
34. NGC 1449 – California Cluster (using H-Beta Only)
35. M45
36. M35
37. NGC 2392 – Eskimo Nebula
38. Castor – split it
39. M38
40. M36
41. M37
42. Mel 35 – Hyades
43. M1
44. M57
45. NGC 6960 – Western Veil.
46. NGC 6995 – Eastern Veil
47. NGC 6960 – Pickering Triangle
48. North American Nebula – Fibber’s Scope
49. Pelican Nebula – Fibber’s Scope
50. Uranus
51. M42
52. NGC 2024 – Flame Nebula
53. M43
54. M78
55. M41
56. M44 – Beehive cluster
57. Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)
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