Yearly archives: 2012

Observing Session 30, Nov/1,Dec

Session Stats Air Mass: 1.9Session started: 00:07 GMTSeeing: I: perfect seeing, No quiverTransparency: ClearMoon: 16 days since New : Phase: 0.98 Orion Nebula M42 NGC 1976, Sh 2-281, Bernes 117 A magnificent sight as always. Looking at my logs the last time I observed M42 was on the 5, November of last year. And within 30 minutes too. With a full moon 30 degrees to the East, I didn’t spend too much time looking…


Observing Session 17/18 November

NGC7789 Caroline’s Rose As October was a complete visual washout, it felt odd being outside under a completely dark and clear sky in almost 2 months. It’s at times like this that I wish I lived on the East coast of the UK, where they seem to moan about only getting 5 or 6 clear nights during the month of October – “you’ve never had it so good guys” It all started to go…


Observing Session: 18, September

NGC 457, Collinder 12, Melotte 7, Raab 3, OCL 321 DSS image 60′ x 60′ FOV Conditions varied throughout the observing session, but improved to the point where there were only a few small isolated clouds. The seeing was very stable. This has been one of the best nights so far of this this Summer/Autumn season. First initial views did not look anything like ET. However I was viewing it upside down so when…


Observing Session: 7, September

While I’m a bit behind writing my observations up, I see that over the last 30 days or so, I’ve managed to find 6 clear nights where observations were possible. I guess we are in a period where the weather is generally more settled and with the nights drawing in, chances are that we are more likely than not we can get out there with the scope. I’ve had a couple of sessions using…


Hexascope First Light: M31

Managed to get out for half an hour with my astronomy club’s home made scope ‘ The Hexascope’. Conditions were not perfect, but the seeing was OK. My log reads Meade Series 4000 26mm Plössl, 48x First Deep Sky views with the Hexascope.Visible extent of Galaxy covers just under one eyepiece worth – about 1 degree.  A bright core is tight and small except with averted vision where it seems to grow and resemble…


Observing Session: 5, September

The weather has been pretty good since the BBQ last weekend and my last observing session. Lots of clear bright sunny days and warm with it. Summer has sprung with a vengeance, although I suspect this is more like ‘one last gasp’ before Autumn sets in. Last night wasn’t too bad. The Moon was just starting to come up in the East, which was fine, as I wanted to try and view as may…


Observing Session: 1, September

Image courtesy of SOHO After an awful weekend over the last Bank holiday, the weather seems to have settled down a bit and I was able to open up on Saturday afternoon and see what the sun was up to.  A quick peek the week before, was very dissapointing,  but yesterday saw lots of activity.Here’s the entry from my observing log. Way hay. My first log using Skytools 3!! Way to go.Principle groups are…


Observing Session: 21, August

Well my weather forecast widget indicated  there would be clear skies by 21:00 U.T last night and indeed there was. The transparency indicator suggested conditions weren’t going to be ideal though. Rather than just choosing an unobserved object at random, I used Astroplanner to sort by unobserved objects, their highest transit time, and the lowest air mass  I could observe them through.  The first of these on the list was M14, but this was…


Observing Session 19, August

 Image courtesy of SOHO and NASA The forecast for Sunday was solid cloud with possible rain. What we got was pretty much the opposite, but not after a little frustration to begin with.  I made the following log entry. Observation Started 10:58 UT  Seeing: Variable over session. Transparency: Variable over session.Going for a gap in the clouds. By the time we opened up and got set up – less than 5 mins, there was almost complete…


Observing Session 9, August

Astroplanner view though Altair Astro 250mm, UWA 18mm, 113 X, 43.6′, I’m a bit behind with my observations recently. We managed to get out on the Thursday – a few days before the Perseid Meteor show peak, and got some observing done. In between the sessions at the eyepiece, Sand managed to catch about 20 meteors during the hour and a half session. Unluckily for me, I only saw about three while I was looking…