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Name/DesignationRight AscensionDeclinationTypeMagnitudeSizeDistanceDate LocationInstrumentEyepieceFilterNotes
Eta-Carina Homonculus10:43.8-59 52Planetary NebulaJanuary 10 1999Mt Keira 16" f4.5 Dobsonian6.3mmPl[Observed through a friend's telescope] Bright orange. Lobe on one side bigger than the other.
IC2448; PK285-14.109:07.1-69 57Planetary Nebula10.48"9KLYJune 3 2000Cataract 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian6.3mmPlosslLumicon UHCA conspicuous disk even at low power; filter makes it really conspicuous. Takes magnification well, with possibly a trace of outer structure.
IC2501; PK281-05.109:38.8-60 05Planetary Nebula11.425"4.2KLYApr 30 2005Cordeaux 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA to 6mmWALumicon UHCSpent a lot of time on this object. Very hard to make out. Faint object in the right position - in a spectacular field of stars. Appeared to vary a bit to the eye as many planetary nebulae do. Filter didn't help.
IC2553; PK296-20.110:09.3-62 37Planetary Nebula10.39"9KLYJanuary 18 2007Lostock 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWALumicon UHCIn a very rich field, spherical and slightly non-stellar. Brightens with the UHC filter.
IC258110:27.4-57 38Open Cluster4.38.0'6.2KLYMay 3 2003Jerrara Dam 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWABright star surrounded by an area of much fainter stars.
IC2621; PK291-04.111:00.3-65 15Planetary Nebula11.25"3.6KLYJanuary 18 2007Lostock 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWALumicon UHCMiddle star in an arc of 3 brightens with the UHC filter.
IC271411:17.9-62 42Open Cluster8.2p12.0'3.9KLYMarch 15 2002Kangaloon 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslLarge, loose cluster. Bright field star to the SE and a bright field field pair E.
Mel10110:42.1-65 06Open Cluster8.014'6.9KLYJanuary 25 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslLoose cluster of faint stars about 20' in diameter. [South of the much brighter cluster IC2602 around Theta-Carinae].
Mel10511:19.5-63 30Open Cluster8.54.0'6.9KLYMarch 15 2002Kangaloon 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlossl/9.7mmSP/6.3mmPlosslSmall, tight patch of stars at low power. Resolves to a about a dozen stars at higher powers. Quite nice.
NGC236907:16.6-62 21Galaxy12.44.6'x7.1'131MLYFebruary 24 2012Belanglo 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian9mmNaglerFaint. Could only just see it at higher power.
NGC251607:58.3-60 52Open Cluster3.830'1.3KLYMarch 26 2001Farmborough Heights 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mmPlosslVisible naked eye, even here in the suburbs. Large, relatively rich, main mass about 30' across. Bright orange field star on the N-edge, and a similarly coloured star within the S half of the cluster. In the SE corner is a equal component binary, with a fainter red star nearby that could be part of a multiple system. [This possible system is fainter than the mag 6 binary shown on the Sky Atlas Chart 25, which takes higher magnification to resolve well].
NGC264008:37.4-55 07Galaxy11.12.2' x 1.9'48MLYApril 24 2001Cataract 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA/9.7mmSPVisible as a small haze and easy to find. Higher magnification shows no extra detail.
NGC264008:37.4-55 07Galaxy11.12.2' x 1.9'48MLYFeb 9 2002Jamberoo Lookout 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian6.3mmPlosslAn easily visible, irregular, small mass of light.
NGC264008:37.4-55 07Galaxy11.12.2' x 1.9'48MLYMar 7 2003Jerrara Dam 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA/13.8mmSWA+2XBarlow/9.7mmSPIrregularly-shaped mass. Sits E of 3 faint stars in a line, with abrighter star a little further on.
NGC264008:37.4-55 07Galaxy11.12.2' x 1.9'48MLYMay 31 2003Jerrara Dam 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWAIrregular, slightly elongated E-W, with a brighter area at the E end.
NGC280809:12.0-64 52Globular Cluster6.314'30KLYFebruary 5 1997Farmborough Heights 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian12.5mmOrA bright and very 'showy' cluster but small and not resolved.
NGC2867/PK278-15.109:21.4-58 19Planetary Nebula9.711"5.5KLYJanuary 7 2000Wiruna 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian9.7mmSPUHCRound and bright; starlike at low power but disc became larger with magnification, confirming it as a PN. No ring structure, just a [lanet-like disc.
NGC2867/PK278-15.109:21.4-58 19Planetary Nebula9.711"5.5KLYApril 29 2000Cataract 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian9.7mmSPLarge, spherical. No structure visisble.
NGC2867/PK278-15.109:21.4-58 19Planetary Nebula9.711"5.5KLYApril 24 2001Cataract 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA/9.7mmSPUHCBlinks on and off at low power. At higher power with filter a large, white disk.
NGC311410:02.7-60 07Open Cluster4.235'2.9KLYJune 27 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslVery large cluster with a multitude of stars. Noticed a tight knot of stars forming an equilateral triangle. Good wide-field cluster. It can be seen naked-eye.
NGC319910:17.1-57 55Emission Nebula22.0'x22.0'April 17 1999Cataract 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslUHCCouldn't see it without the UHC filter. Large, crescent-shaped.
NGC3211; PK286-04.110:17.8-62 40Planetary Nebula10.712"30 Apr 2005Cordeaux 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA to 6mmWALumicon UHCVery similar to IC2501 in Carina. Easy to star-hop to right spot where there is a possibly not quite star-like object.
NGC329310:35.8-58 14Open Cluster4.76.0'8.5KLYJune 27 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslA compact cluster: 3 stars in a line, one of them distinctly orange, the others bluish, and the middle one a wide double Very pretty, S-shaped cluster with the aforementioned trio of stars coming down the slope of the 'S'.
NGC332410:37.3-58 38Open Cluster6.76.010.8KLYJune 27 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslIn the same field as NGC3293. Shaped like the number '6' with the curve pointing toward NGC3293, and about the same size as that nearby cluster.
NGC3324""Nebulosity with cluster16' x 14'"May 3 2003Jerrara Dam 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslLumicon UHCLarge, round. Field star on one edge.
NGC3324""Nebulosity with cluster16' x 14'"July 2 2019Culburra 400mm f4.5 Dobsonian26mmQXLumicon UHCPoor cluster. Nebulosity becomes apparent with the UHC.
NGC 3372 Eta Carinae Nebula10:43.8-59 52Emission Nebula120' x 120'6KLYJune 27 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslI noted on the night only that it was 'superb'.
NGC 3372 Eta Carinae Region10:43.8-59 52Emission Nebula120' x 120'6KLYJan 5 2003Wiruna 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian32mmSWA; 13.8mmSWAUHCFantastic with the 32mm. With the 13.8mm and the UHC filter the nebulosity is absoluely superb. Especially remarkable is the Eta Carina 'eye' embedded in the 'head' and fish-shaped nebula stretching beyond it. Dark lanes near the star itself are amazing also.
NGC 3372 Eta Carinae Region10:43.8-59 52Emission Nebula120' x 120'6KLYJune 14 2018 Culburra 400mm f4.5 Dobsonian30mmUWA; 8-42mmZoomUHCThe 30mm eyepiece gives 60x and a field of 1.3 degrees. Even then the nebula complex over-fills the field. Yellow eta-Carina sits in the brightest tear-drop shaped part of the complex with fainter swathes of nebula fanning away from it. Also large dark areas. With the UHC the nebula becomes amazingly bright while eta-Carina turns red and point-like. Using the 24-8mm zoom eyepiece [no filter] the lobes of eta-Carina become more visible as magnification increases.
NGC 353211:06.4-58 40Open Cluster3.055'1.3KLYJune 27 1998Mt Keira 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian26mm PlosslVery large very rich cluster. Double-headed curved dark arrow visible: one of two red field stars about half way along it. Easily visible naked-eye.
NGC 357611:11.5-61 22Emission Nebula3'x3'April 14 2007Belanglo 200mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWAUHCThis is part of a nebula complex and is the largest so was able to pick it. Beautiful field of bright nebula but hard to distinguish each separate object.
NGC 360311:15.4-61 15Emission Nebula9.112'April 14 2007Belanglo 200mm f5.6 Dobsonian13.8mmSWAUHCVery large nebula in the same field as the complex around NGC3576.
Ruprecht 8810:18.9-63 08Open ClusterApr 30 2005Cordeaux 250mm f5.6 Dobsonian20mmWAShown in the Herald-Bobroff Astroatals map C-85 near NGC 3211 in Carina. Fairly rich, compact cluster about 10' in diameter.