Date   

Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

Ian Stewart
 

First time seeing it at night. Got a good look at it in the binoculars around 9:30. Couldn't pick it up naked eye in the haze.


Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

vp
 

Nice picture of the comet, Jeff!

George
On July 11, 2020 6:19 AM Jeffrey Thornton <jeff7500@...> wrote:


Outstanding comet! Was able to get over to Ocean View beach this morning and it did not disappoint!

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: Comet Neowise Rising: The Movie

vp
 

Very Nice time-lapse of the comet!  Thanks, Roy.

George
On July 7, 2020 9:58 PM Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Great time-lapse video by Tom Polakis.


Roy



George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Solar Orbiter pictures released

jimcoble2000
 


Re: Comet NEOWISE this morning

jimcoble2000
 

you are most welcome George

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, 10:20:10 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


I want to say THANK YOU, Mark Ost, for directing me last night as to where to look for Comet NEOWISE near Capella.  My granddaughters and I were able to find it easily this morning, despite the haze, thanks to your directions.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Comet NEOWISE this morning

George Reynolds
 

I want to say THANK YOU, Mark Ost, for directing me last night as to where to look for Comet NEOWISE near Capella.  My granddaughters and I were able to find it easily this morning, despite the haze, thanks to your directions.

George


George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: We saw the comet

cme2scrap
 

We have been trying to see it up in Vienna with no luck. Too many trees and needs to be higher in the sky. We will keep trying.

Cheryl




On Sunday, July 12, 2020 jimcoble2000 via groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> wrote:

Worth it, wasn't it. No matter how much it hurt.

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, 4:13:42 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


We saw Comet NEOWISE this morning! My granddaughters Samantha and Chloe and I got back to my house from Skywatch about 12:30 am, and were in bed by 1:30, after making a large bowl of popcorn to take with us the next morning. After about two hours of sleep (or attempted sleep) we got up at 3:45 and headed out to the Virginia Beach oceanfront shortly after 4.

I parked behind the 24th Street stage, where we go for Boardwalk Astronomy. The girls and I walked out onto the beach with binoculars, a bowl of popcorn, and a small folding table. Chloe was the first one to spot the comet just under Capella, somewhat masked by a low haze on the eastern horizon. It was a fine binocular object, with a distinct long tail pointing toward the north. We were glad we got up early to see it.



George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: We saw the comet

jimcoble2000
 

Worth it, wasn't it. No matter how much it hurt.

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, 4:13:42 PM EDT, George Reynolds via groups.io <pathfinder027@...> wrote:


We saw Comet NEOWISE this morning! My granddaughters Samantha and Chloe and I got back to my house from Skywatch about 12:30 am, and were in bed by 1:30, after making a large bowl of popcorn to take with us the next morning. After about two hours of sleep (or attempted sleep) we got up at 3:45 and headed out to the Virginia Beach oceanfront shortly after 4.

I parked behind the 24th Street stage, where we go for Boardwalk Astronomy. The girls and I walked out onto the beach with binoculars, a bowl of popcorn, and a small folding table. Chloe was the first one to spot the comet just under Capella, somewhat masked by a low haze on the eastern horizon. It was a fine binocular object, with a distinct long tail pointing toward the north. We were glad we got up early to see it.



George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: We saw the comet

Kent Blackwell
 

I'm glad you saw it. I'm looking forward to catching it early evening in the next few nights. 


We saw the comet

George Reynolds
 

We saw Comet NEOWISE this morning! My granddaughters Samantha and Chloe and I got back to my house from Skywatch about 12:30 am, and were in bed by 1:30, after making a large bowl of popcorn to take with us the next morning. After about two hours of sleep (or attempted sleep) we got up at 3:45 and headed out to the Virginia Beach oceanfront shortly after 4.

I parked behind the 24th Street stage, where we go for Boardwalk Astronomy. The girls and I walked out onto the beach with binoculars, a bowl of popcorn, and a small folding table. Chloe was the first one to spot the comet just under Capella, somewhat masked by a low haze on the eastern horizon. It was a fine binocular object, with a distinct long tail pointing toward the north. We were glad we got up early to see it.



George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Skywatch last night at NWRP

George Reynolds
 

We had a great Skywatch last night at Northwest River Park.  The skies stayed clear all evening, and the dew, though present, was manageable.  I felt a few mosquitoes, but not bad.  We had a dozen telescopes and a light crowd of a couple dozen visitors, but more than last month.  Many were there when I arrived shortly before sunset, waiting for darkness to fall, so they could look through our telescopes.

My almost-teen (birthday in November) granddaughter Chloe came with me to her first Skywatch, along with "old" veteran granddaughter Samantha (18 in September), her cousin, who has been a BBAA member for 5 years.  They had a wonderful time, Chloe "learning the ropes" and Samantha training her and answering questions of many of the visitors.

Between us, with three telescopes of our own, we saw various views of double star Albireo in Cygnus, Mizar/Alcor in Ursa Major, and the "Double-Double" in Lyra, globular clusters M22 in Sagittarius, M4 in Scorpius, and M13 in Hercules, planetary nebula M27 (the "Dumbbell" or "Apple Core" Nebula) in Vulpecula.  When Jupiter and Saturn rose above the trees to the east, we spent a lot of time looking at them through different eyepieces at various powers, and showing those views to many of the guests.  Samantha and Chloe had fun pointing out stars and constellations to visitors.  Among the objects they pointed out with the green laser were Polaris (North Star), Arcturus, Spica, Antares, Vega, Altair, Deneb, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and the three constellations of the "Summer Triangle", Cygnus, Lyra, and Aquila.  

Three gentlemen joined the BBAA last night: Steve Newton, Matt Foss, and his dad Scott.  Steve had a good time searching for and finding such objects as the constellations Sagitta and Delphinus, M27, M22, the Coathanger Cluster (a.k.a. Cr399, "Brocchi's Cluster") with telescope and binoculars.  Matt and Steve were both learning how to use their respective new telescopes on equatorial mounts.  

Club members there with telescopes were Samantha Burris, Chuck Jagow, Ron Neale, Mel Spruill, Stan Hubbard, Mark Ost, Dave Read, Derrick Campbell, Kent Blackwell, and me, George Reynolds.  Also there were Chesapeake Planetarium Director Dr. Robert Hitt, and astronomy author David Dickinson, who was evaluating a scope for a review for Universe Today.  Meghan Roberts was there as a representative of Chesapeake Parks and Rec.

Samantha, Chloe, and I packed up a little early at 11:45 pm, because we wanted to get up real early to see Comet NEOWISE in the wee hours of the morning.  Other members stayed till past midnight.  I can certainly say that a good time was had by all.

George Reynolds

"Solar System Ambassador" for South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA) 
http://www.backbayastro.org


 


Re: Northwest River Park Skywatch July 11 2020

Kent Blackwell
 

I’ve been told I observe like I eat; FAST. All of you know I have little patience so why dwell on an object longer than 2 seconds. LOL.


Back of the envelope look ahead for comet

jimcoble2000
 

Should be a fairly easy target in the NW by 9 O'clock Friday and Saturday next week.


Re: Northwest River Park Skywatch July 11 2020

jimcoble2000
 

Ah, you did do an about face I see at the bottom of your list!

How do he do that many in 2 hours? It took me a while to scroll down to the bottom.

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, 10:12:19 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Clear skies prevailed all night for our monthly Skywatch. Comet NEOWISE was too close to the western horizon at sunset so it was not observable, but will be rising higher in the NW sky after sunset in the next few weeks, although dimming a bit.

Here are a list of object and logs I observed with one of my favorite telescopes, a 10” Orion IntelliScope.

List: 20/07/11 BBAA NW River SML-L 18.78-20.65

 

Ring Nebula - M 57

(Planetary Nebula in Lyra)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:21:54 PM

Comment: Although it's still dusk M 57 looked beautiful.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 18.78

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4517

(Spiral Galaxy in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:31:51 PM

Comment: Faint edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2019 U6 ()

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:34:10 PM

Comment: Fairly bright and round with no visible tail 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)

(Comet in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:38:51 PM

Comment: Located just 2 degrees east of NGC 4631, the Whale Galaxy 

Fainter than Comet Lemmon but easily seen with direct vision 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Whale Galaxy - NGC 4631

(Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:42:26 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4414

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:45:45 PM

Comment: A very bright spiral galaxy 53 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4274

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:47:24 PM

Comment: A large impressive elongated galaxy in the same field of view as NGC 4278.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4278

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:48:31 PM

Comment: Large round galaxy with lower surface brightness than NGC 4274 which is in the same field of view 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4251

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:50:07 PM

Comment: Small but bright elongated galaxy 64 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Needle Galaxy - NGC 4565

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:51:43 PM

Comment: How can one not resist looking at The Needlw Galaxy, although it does have low surface brightness 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

17 Comae Berenices

(Variable Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:54:47 PM

Comment: Two bright white stars 177" apart 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4494

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:55:39 PM

Comment: Small bright galaxy next to a 9th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 5248

(Spiral Galaxy in Bootes)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:58:24 PM

Comment: Large unusual shapped barred-spiral galaxy 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 53

(Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:00:16 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster. I could just barely resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

35 Comae Berenices

(Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:02:59 PM

Comment: Very pretty orange primary and a pale blue secondary. The primary ia also a double again but I could not split the 1.2" separation 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Black Eye Galaxy - M 64

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:04:37 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic galaxy. I could just barely see the dark "Black Eye".

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 62

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:06:33 PM

Comment: Small but wonderfully bright globular cluster. I could resolve the outer edges easily 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6304

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:08:06 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster just 3 degrees east of M 62.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:13:35 PM

Comment: Small fairly bright globular. Interesting because it lies next to a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

88P/Howell

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:18:10 PM

Comment: Small fairly comet that blinks with a nearly involved 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

KY Virginis

(Variable Star in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:20:24 PM

Comment: This 8th magnitude pure red star is 1200 light years away and 40 times larger than the sun 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Haute Provence 1

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:24:04 PM

Comment: A 1.2 six-arc minute 12th magnitude globular. I saw it as a tiny disc.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6284

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:27:20 PM

Comment: Fairly faint for an M object globular. I could resolve a few stars along the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6293

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:29:01 PM

Comment: A bright but tight 8th magnitude globular that I could not resolve 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:31:01 PM

Comment: Very pretty globular cluster involved with a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Bug Nebula - NGC 6302

(Planetary Nebula in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:37:40 PM

Comment: Bright, elongated planetary nebula, just rising above the trees. Looks remarkable like a squashed bug.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:40:39 PM

Comment: Simply fantastic, resolved to the core. I could detect an "X" dark streak, similar to the Peace Sign" in M 13.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Dumbbell Nebula - M 27

(Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:49:28 PM

Comment: I showed this to two newbies who want to join the club. It looked fantastic 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:52:11 PM

Comment: An amazing globular cluster, resolved to the very core!

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6644

(Planetary Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:53:18 PM

Comment: Slightly larger than stellar and quite bright. Blue-green in color 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6638

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:55:31 PM

Comment: Small bright globular cluster. I could not resolve it. A pair of 8th & 9th magnitude stars point to it.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 28

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:57:09 PM

Comment: A bright and fairly large globular cluster that I could resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Barnard 142

(Dark Nebula in Aquila)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:59:59 PM

Comment: This is one of if not the best Barnard object. The field of view gets inky black in places 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 71

(Globular Cluster in Sagitta)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:01:41 PM

Comment: Small rather faint but loose globular cluster 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Blue Flash Nebula - NGC 6905

(Planetary Nebula in Delphinus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:03:32 PM

Comment: At almost 11th magnitude a bit fainter than I rememberes but interesting because of a faint involved star

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:10:56 PM

Comment: Although it was low in the southern sky Jupiter still looked great. No GRS and no transit 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 12, 2020 at 11:15:13 PM

Comment: There's no such thing as a bad view of Saturn but I've seen it so much better. It really needs to be viewed when it's higher in the sky.

 

This was Bob and my last object of the night 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.50

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6144

(Globular Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:30:48 PM

Comment: Very small but bright globular cluster just 1 degree west of M4.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9


Re: Saturday Night’s BBAA July 11 2020

jimcoble2000
 

Hey those are old winter objects! You need to face forward man! Scorpius and the teapot!

On Sunday, July 12, 2020, 10:03:56 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


The sky remained clear all night for the BBAA Skywatch at Northwest River Park in Chesapeake, VA. Comet NEOWISE was too close to the western horizon at sunset so no luck seeing it, but it’ll be easier during the next couple of weeks at sunset.

Here are a list of objects and logs I observed with my Orion 10” IntelliScope telescope, one of my favorite telescopes.

List: 20/07/11 BBAA NW River SML-L 18.78-20.65

 

Ring Nebula - M 57

(Planetary Nebula in Lyra)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:21:54 PM

Comment: Although it's still dusk M 57 looked beautiful.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 18.78

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4517

(Spiral Galaxy in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:31:51 PM

Comment: Faint edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2019 U6 ()

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:34:10 PM

Comment: Fairly bright and round with no visible tail 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)

(Comet in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:38:51 PM

Comment: Located just 2 degrees east of NGC 4631, the Whale Galaxy 

Fainter than Comet Lemmon but easily seen with direct vision 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Whale Galaxy - NGC 4631

(Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:42:26 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4414

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:45:45 PM

Comment: A very bright spiral galaxy 53 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4274

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:47:24 PM

Comment: A large impressive elongated galaxy in the same field of view as NGC 4278.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4278

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:48:31 PM

Comment: Large round galaxy with lower surface brightness than NGC 4274 which is in the same field of view 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4251

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:50:07 PM

Comment: Small but bright elongated galaxy 64 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Needle Galaxy - NGC 4565

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:51:43 PM

Comment: How can one not resist looking at The Needlw Galaxy, although it does have low surface brightness 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

17 Comae Berenices

(Variable Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:54:47 PM

Comment: Two bright white stars 177" apart 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4494

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:55:39 PM

Comment: Small bright galaxy next to a 9th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 5248

(Spiral Galaxy in Bootes)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:58:24 PM

Comment: Large unusual shapped barred-spiral galaxy 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 53

(Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:00:16 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster. I could just barely resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

35 Comae Berenices

(Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:02:59 PM

Comment: Very pretty orange primary and a pale blue secondary. The primary ia also a double again but I could not split the 1.2" separation 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Black Eye Galaxy - M 64

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:04:37 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic galaxy. I could just barely see the dark "Black Eye".

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 62

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:06:33 PM

Comment: Small but wonderfully bright globular cluster. I could resolve the outer edges easily 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6304

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:08:06 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster just 3 degrees east of M 62.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:13:35 PM

Comment: Small fairly bright globular. Interesting because it lies next to a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

88P/Howell

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:18:10 PM

Comment: Small fairly comet that blinks with a nearly involved 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

KY Virginis

(Variable Star in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:20:24 PM

Comment: This 8th magnitude pure red star is 1200 light years away and 40 times larger than the sun 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Haute Provence 1

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:24:04 PM

Comment: A 1.2 six-arc minute 12th magnitude globular. I saw it as a tiny disc.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6284

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:27:20 PM

Comment: Fairly faint for an M object globular. I could resolve a few stars along the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6293

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:29:01 PM

Comment: A bright but tight 8th magnitude globular that I could not resolve 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:31:01 PM

Comment: Very pretty globular cluster involved with a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Bug Nebula - NGC 6302

(Planetary Nebula in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:37:40 PM

Comment: Bright, elongated planetary nebula, just rising above the trees. Looks remarkable like a squashed bug.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:40:39 PM

Comment: Simply fantastic, resolved to the core. I could detect an "X" dark streak, similar to the Peace Sign" in M 13.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Dumbbell Nebula - M 27

(Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:49:28 PM

Comment: I showed this to two newbies who want to join the club. It looked fantastic 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:52:11 PM

Comment: An amazing globular cluster, resolved to the very core!

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6644

(Planetary Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:53:18 PM

Comment: Slightly larger than stellar and quite bright. Blue-green in color 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6638

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:55:31 PM

Comment: Small bright globular cluster. I could not resolve it. A pair of 8th & 9th magnitude stars point to it.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 28

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:57:09 PM

Comment: A bright and fairly large globular cluster that I could resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Barnard 142

(Dark Nebula in Aquila)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:59:59 PM

Comment: This is one of if not the best Barnard object. The field of view gets inky black in places 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 71

(Globular Cluster in Sagitta)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:01:41 PM

Comment: Small rather faint but loose globular cluster 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Blue Flash Nebula - NGC 6905

(Planetary Nebula in Delphinus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:03:32 PM

Comment: At almost 11th magnitude a bit fainter than I rememberes but interesting because of a faint involved star

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:10:56 PM

Comment: Although it was low in the southern sky Jupiter still looked great. No GRS and no transit 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 12, 2020 at 11:15:13 PM

Comment: There's no such thing as a bad view of Saturn but I've seen it so much better. It really needs to be viewed when it's higher in the sky.

 

This was Bob and my last object of the night 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.50

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6144

(Globular Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:30:48 PM

Comment: Very small but bright globular cluster just 1 degree west of M4.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 


Northwest River Park Skywatch July 11 2020

Kent Blackwell
 

Clear skies prevailed all night for our monthly Skywatch. Comet NEOWISE was too close to the western horizon at sunset so it was not observable, but will be rising higher in the NW sky after sunset in the next few weeks, although dimming a bit.

Here are a list of object and logs I observed with one of my favorite telescopes, a 10” Orion IntelliScope.

List: 20/07/11 BBAA NW River SML-L 18.78-20.65

 

Ring Nebula - M 57

(Planetary Nebula in Lyra)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:21:54 PM

Comment: Although it's still dusk M 57 looked beautiful.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 18.78

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 16mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4517

(Spiral Galaxy in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:31:51 PM

Comment: Faint edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2019 U6 ()

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:34:10 PM

Comment: Fairly bright and round with no visible tail 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 19.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)

(Comet in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:38:51 PM

Comment: Located just 2 degrees east of NGC 4631, the Whale Galaxy 

Fainter than Comet Lemmon but easily seen with direct vision 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Whale Galaxy - NGC 4631

(Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:42:26 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic edge-on galaxy with a dark rift 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4414

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:45:45 PM

Comment: A very bright spiral galaxy 53 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4274

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:47:24 PM

Comment: A large impressive elongated galaxy in the same field of view as NGC 4278.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4278

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:48:31 PM

Comment: Large round galaxy with lower surface brightness than NGC 4274 which is in the same field of view 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4251

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:50:07 PM

Comment: Small but bright elongated galaxy 64 million light years away 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.05

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Needle Galaxy - NGC 4565

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:51:43 PM

Comment: How can one not resist looking at The Needlw Galaxy, although it does have low surface brightness 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

17 Comae Berenices

(Variable Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:54:47 PM

Comment: Two bright white stars 177" apart 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 4494

(Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:55:39 PM

Comment: Small bright galaxy next to a 9th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 5248

(Spiral Galaxy in Bootes)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 9:58:24 PM

Comment: Large unusual shapped barred-spiral galaxy 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.40

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 53

(Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:00:16 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster. I could just barely resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

35 Comae Berenices

(Double Star in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:02:59 PM

Comment: Very pretty orange primary and a pale blue secondary. The primary ia also a double again but I could not split the 1.2" separation 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Black Eye Galaxy - M 64

(Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:04:37 PM

Comment: ! Fantastic galaxy. I could just barely see the dark "Black Eye".

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 62

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:06:33 PM

Comment: Small but wonderfully bright globular cluster. I could resolve the outer edges easily 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6304

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:08:06 PM

Comment: Fairly small but bright globular cluster just 3 degrees east of M 62.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:13:35 PM

Comment: Small fairly bright globular. Interesting because it lies next to a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

88P/Howell

(Comet in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:18:10 PM

Comment: Small fairly comet that blinks with a nearly involved 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

KY Virginis

(Variable Star in Virgo)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:20:24 PM

Comment: This 8th magnitude pure red star is 1200 light years away and 40 times larger than the sun 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Haute Provence 1

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:24:04 PM

Comment: A 1.2 six-arc minute 12th magnitude globular. I saw it as a tiny disc.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6284

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:27:20 PM

Comment: Fairly faint for an M object globular. I could resolve a few stars along the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6293

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:29:01 PM

Comment: A bright but tight 8th magnitude globular that I could not resolve 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6316

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:31:01 PM

Comment: Very pretty globular cluster involved with a 12th magnitude star 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Bug Nebula - NGC 6302

(Planetary Nebula in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:37:40 PM

Comment: Bright, elongated planetary nebula, just rising above the trees. Looks remarkable like a squashed bug.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:40:39 PM

Comment: Simply fantastic, resolved to the core. I could detect an "X" dark streak, similar to the Peace Sign" in M 13.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Dumbbell Nebula - M 27

(Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:49:28 PM

Comment: I showed this to two newbies who want to join the club. It looked fantastic 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 22

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:52:11 PM

Comment: An amazing globular cluster, resolved to the very core!

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6644

(Planetary Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:53:18 PM

Comment: Slightly larger than stellar and quite bright. Blue-green in color 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6638

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:55:31 PM

Comment: Small bright globular cluster. I could not resolve it. A pair of 8th & 9th magnitude stars point to it.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 28

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:57:09 PM

Comment: A bright and fairly large globular cluster that I could resolve the outer edges 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Barnard 142

(Dark Nebula in Aquila)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:59:59 PM

Comment: This is one of if not the best Barnard object. The field of view gets inky black in places 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Messier 71

(Globular Cluster in Sagitta)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:01:41 PM

Comment: Small rather faint but loose globular cluster 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Blue Flash Nebula - NGC 6905

(Planetary Nebula in Delphinus)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:03:32 PM

Comment: At almost 11th magnitude a bit fainter than I rememberes but interesting because of a faint involved star

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 11:10:56 PM

Comment: Although it was low in the southern sky Jupiter still looked great. No GRS and no transit 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.45

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 12, 2020 at 11:15:13 PM

Comment: There's no such thing as a bad view of Saturn but I've seen it so much better. It really needs to be viewed when it's higher in the sky.

 

This was Bob and my last object of the night 

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.50

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

NGC 6144

(Globular Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 11, 2020 at 10:30:48 PM

Comment: Very small but bright globular cluster just 1 degree west of M4.

Location: Northwest River Park SQM-L 20.65

Equipment: 10" Orion IntelliScope  f/4.6, 10mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9


Thank you for a nice night last night

jimcoble2000
 

Chuck, George and all. Thanks for another pleasant evening. We were fortunate to have another nice evening last night. Looks like you boys were busy  on the other end of the line. It is nice to be back. Some very interesting scopes last night. I got back at 0030 but well worth it.

Hope to see you all in 4 weeks.

Kent you should have climbed on my shoulders (does six feet apart apply in the vertical plane??). You would have seen the comet for sure last night in the west! With your weight loss program I hear playing in my head "He ain't heavy, he's my brother...............".


Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

Jeffrey Thornton
 

My mistake, Yes 1997. Here is one from that comet.


Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

Matthew Cook
 

Wasn’t that in 1997?  


On Jul 11, 2020, at 13:02, Jeffrey Thornton <jeff7500@...> wrote:

Have to agree. Not seen a comet this bright sense comet Hale-Bopp way back in 1987.  Just have to hope it holds together for a while longer.


Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

Jim Tallman
 

Lol....it was a test to see if you were really out or not :).

The Mrs. Is going to join me tomorrow morning. We are taking our coffee to sit and watch

Jim


On Jul 11, 2020 at 07:59, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Nice picture Mr. Tallman! I recognize that cloud.

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, 6:06:53 AM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


Yes, it was an excellent morning! I went down to the beach and watched the comet this morning. Amazing is all I can say!

Got some good pictures too




On Jul 11, 2020 at 05:41, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Most likely to be my last post on this subject as three nights in a row have given enough satisfaction on this object. In ten days may to try see it in the evening sky. That would be a first for me. Morning and evening comet!

Very clear this morning. Not much to add observational wise. I did try to see how long I could hold the comet in view naked eye. Knowing exactly where it was I lost it in the sky around 0517. It was still visible in binoculars at that time but the tail was in the process of disappearing at that time. Mostly gone.

I tried to do a stellar estimate of brightness but the comet was too low down so there was a lot of atmospheric extinction and there was no bright star close enough to rack out of focus. Seat of the pants guess is maybe 1st magnitude now. Still quite bright but perhaps not as burning white as the last three days.


1561 - 1580 of 53400