24th October 2020
Saturday, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
In the first half, after viewing the usual planets and the Moon and taking pictures, I tried
starhopping to M22, the globular star cluster in Sagittarius. I was able to locate a globular
cluster but couldn't confirm whether it was M22 because it was obstructed by the trees soon from
where I was using the telescope.
Next I tried to star hop to M57, the Ring Nebula in Lyra with little luck. No visual confirmation
although I did see a smudge in between. Need to confirm with the positions of stars in a later viewing.
Later at night, after fixing the finder, I located the Pleadies str cluster, M45 with the finder. The finder
is still a bit off though. I could easily locate larger/brighter objects like Mars, Moon and M45 with the finder.
Practiced star hopping near Perseus for a bit with the help of the Pocket Sky Atlas. I was able to confirm the
orientation of the map with respect to what I see in the eyepiece. Confirmed this with my drawings of the Pleadies as well.
Objects in the eyepiece are just inverted - upside down. There is no mirroring taking place as I had doubted. So I can just
hold the atlas upside down to get a direct representation of what I see through the eyepiece.