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Lots of fast moving cloud this morning, but I took out my ST80 to experiment with my point-and-shoot digicam on the moon. That didn't turn out so well, but the sky cleared long enough that I decided to take a look at M35 before hanging it up.

I was surprised to see a faint whiff of fuzz just off to the side of the cluster. Checked the location against SS and I was in the right place for 2158, so I increased the mag and was able to perceive a compact, faint cluster using averted vision that was fading in and out. Considering my LP and the moon, I decided to call that a win. :dance:

I didn't have time before it got cloudy again to grab my ST120 and switch tubes, but I'll try the 120 next time.
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Good observation! Well done!
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Great catch of NGC 2158 with the ST80 Olen! I don't know how much LP there is at your location, but probably still darker there mine (Bortle 8.5 - 9.0)
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Nice report Olen from October of last year. Congrats on winning the VROD for the day and I hope this encourages more members to go after NGC 2158, though like last year, one has the moon to contend with, that is unless you head out early in the morning to catch a peek of this cluster...
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nice thx and congrat .
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Hi Olen. A very nice observing report of NGC 2158 in Gemini with the ST80 scope. This was a nice treat for you between the clouds and I hope you get a repeat opportunity with the ST120 scope soon. Thanks for your report Olen and congratulations on receiving the TSS VROD Award today.
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Congrats on the nice catch and the VROD!
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Congratulations on the VROD!
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Nice catch Olen!
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VROD 👍👍👍
A fine report Olen !
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Nice Olen and congrats on the VROD. I have always found NGC 2158 to be a special treat. I have seen it in instruments as small as 10x50 binoculars, where it was a very small and dim diffuse knot of light, In February of this year (2021), I observed M35 and NGC 2158 using my 17.5 inch at the dark site and found them inspiring. This is what I wrote of that experience:

Messier 35 / NGC 2168 (Gemini, open cluster, mag=5.1, size=25.0’, class=III2m):
NGC 2158 (Gemini, open cluster, mag=8.6, size=5.0’, class=II3r):

Easily seen with the naked eye, I quickly aimed my scope at this beautiful cluster. This was the first time out for my new Ethos 21mm so I wanted to try it out on this nice cluster before beginning my hunt. Easily swept up, the cluster was a profusion of stars at 94x, dominating the 1.1° TFOV. Stars were many and tight, despite the poor seeing. Shifting the view just slightly to the southwest I easily picked up the small cluster NGC 2158 at the edge of the view. This diminutive beauty presented a wonderful counterpoise to M35 as I could keep most of the larger cluster within the view with NGC 2158 near the edge of the field. It was simply an amazing view in the Ethos and warmed my soul despite the frigid air and terrain surrounding me.
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