Observation Log 12/27/05: My (continued) search for M1, the Crab Nebula

The first clear night in weeks, and still no luck! Crab Nebula

OK, I don’t get it. Charles Messier was racking these things up in the 18th century, using primitive instruments, and I can’t find number 1!

OK, all the red carets represent stars I logged tonight while looking for M1. These are mostly 8-9 magnitude stars, and still I haven’t seen the slightest faint fuzzy where M1 should be. I was using the Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars on a tripod, and I must say it’s the best time I’ve ever had with the OB. With the tripod, many more stars were visible than with the Canon 10×30 Image Stabilizing binoculars, which has never been as strikingly different as tonight. Still, no M1. I think I’m going to have to get a good dew shield and start looking with the Celestron NexStar 8i telescope.

For what it’s worth, here’s a list of the stars I logged tonight: HIP26684, TYC1310-528-1, Zeta Tauri, TYC1310-1587-1, TYC1310-1572-1, HIP26912, TYC1306-740-1, TYC1310-1323-1, TYC1310-477-1, TYC1309-855-1, TYC1310-2544-1, HIP26616, HIP26967, HIP26389, TYC1861-1531-1, TYC1861-1536-1, TYC1310-2262-1, HIP26441, HIP26240, TYC1310-1167-1, HIP26484, HIP26272, HIP26328, TYC1310-702-1, HIP26187, HIP26159, TYC1309-798-1, and TYC1309-922-1.

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