Here is my first submission towards a Messier Award.
I've decided not to use historical observations and reacquaint myself with the
whole set of Messier objects observable from this latitude using my 18 inch reflector.
Only 97 objects are observable from my latitude and some of those are marginal a few degrees above the north horizon. I need to set up my scope outside my property on the "street" to see low in the north. I won't exactly be dodging traffic. The street here is a large dead end patch of grass.
To qualify for my Messier 35, this first instalment of 37 objects were all observed last night in a 4 hour Messier "Half Marathon."
I had not observed some of these objects for a couple of decades.
"34 South: The Hilltops Observatory"
Central West NSW
Bortle 1-2 skies, 148 E, 34 S
Amateur astronomer since 1978
Astronomical interests : astrophotography, visual observing, nightscape photography, solar eclipse chasing
asteroidal occultations, nightscape astrophotography workshops
web site : http://joe-cali.com/
Scopes: ATM 18" Dob, Vixen VC200L, ATM 6"f7, ED80, M70, Orion 102 Maksutov, ST80.
Mounts: Takahashi EM-200, iOptron iEQ45, Push dobsonian with Nexus DSC, three homemade EQ's.
Eyepieces: TV 31, 17, 12, 7 Naglers; D21, D14 Denkmeier’s; Pentax XW10, XW5, Unitron 40mm Kellner, Meade Or 25,12
Cameras : Pentax K1, K5, K01, K10D / VIDEO CAMS : TacosBD, Lihmsec.