Began: 1/30/13 9:22 PM
Finished: 1/30/13 9:53 PM
Seeing: IV. Unstable
Transparency: Poor
Site: Doylestown, Cowgars

My dad recently purchased the Orion BigView 20x80 binoculars. We played with them looking at ground based objects, but not until tonight did we see any stars. The observing was terrible conditions, just spot holes through the clouds here and there but we couldn’t resist looking up.

  1. M42 a Open+D Neb in the Orion constellation (also named Great Orion Nebula, Orion A, NGC1976,Trapezium) observed at 9:22 PM - with my BigView 20x80, UltraView 10x50
  2. M31 a Galaxy in the Andromeda constellation (also named Andromeda Galaxy, NGC224, UGC454,Andromeda A,Andromeda Galaxy) observed at 9:38 PM - BigView 20x80’s did a better job with more light gathering power and a bit more magnification. The visible part of Andromeda easily fit in the 20x80’s. - with my UltraView 10x50, BigView 20x80
  3. M45 a Open in the Taurus constellation (also named Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Subaru,Pleiades,Seven Sisters,Subaru) observed at 9:31 PM - The BigView 20x80 binoculars provided the better view of Pleiades. It was just the right FOV while the 10x50’s was a bit wide. - with my BigView 20x80, UltraView 10x50