by Matthew Marcus
When it finally got dark, somebody mentioned the Rosette, which was pretty easy. This suggested that the transparency was good as well as the seeing. I noticed that the Flame was obvious, so later on I went for and found the Horsehead using an H-beta filter.
I was in Orion because somebody suggested M78, which I always forget to look at. Quite a nice reflection nebula. I noticed that the N edge had a sharp cutoff, whereas the nebula fades off to the S. Nearby are the RNs 2071 and 2064. While on the subject of Orion RN, I went to 1999. As previously posted, Steve showed off the dark splotch next to the star. Having seen it in the big scope, I found the same splotch in my little C8. Nearby, Steve showed off two Herbig-Haro objects, stars just about to turn on. Like quasars, these objects are unimpressive unless you know what they are, then they become pretty interesting.
Following Steve's lead again, I went for B35, a dark neb in Orion, within which the variable star FU Orionis lights up a small EN, Ced59. I saw stars within the DN but didn't have a finder for which was FU. In Steve's scope, FU was clearly red. I couldn't see the RN in my scope.
Orion's Head (Cr69) is a large (naked-eye) OC which is splashy enough that even Richard Navarette might like it :-) I've seen it zillions of times but never logged it till now. Collinder seems to have made a career out of spotting OCs so large nobody else thought to see if they were OCs.
Going down the list in NSOG, I hit two more RNs, IC432 and IC435. Both are small round glows around stars.
Moving into Monoceros, I spotted Hubble's Variable Nebula, a tiny fan with a star at its handle, and went for the Cone. I thought I saw it, but couldn't get confirmation, so I didn't log it.
I finished out the night looking at galaxies in Leo, catching 2903, 3098 (a small edge-on), and , as the moon was coming up, 3162 (round blob). I followed my tradition by being last out.