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The sun report July 20, 2020

Kent Blackwell
 

This will come as no surprise but there is absolutely nothing happening on the sun today either in H-alpha light or white light. The sun has been so b-o-r-i-n-g forever.


Summertime deep sky observing

Kent Blackwell
 
Edited

Although I dabble in astrophotography now and then my passion is visual observing. What better time to see some gorgeous open and globular clusters than the summer Milky Way overhead? Here are some of the objects I looked at last night from my backyard in Va Beach after viewing comet NEOWISE. 

List: 20/07/18 16” Comet NEOWISE in 16”

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

(Comet in Ursa Major)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 9:34:07 PM

Comment: The coma was very bright in the 16 and the tail extended toward the northeast. Actually the comet was more impressive in the Nikon 12x50 binoculars!

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

Equipment: 16" f/6.2 Dobsonian, 31mm Nagler

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 19

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 9:57:30 PM

Comment: Beautifully resolved to the core tonight .

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 62

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:00:04 PM

Comment: Although low in the southern sky M62 still resolved quite well 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6293

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:03:29 PM

Comment: A small but bright globular cluster. I could not resolve it 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6374

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:07:53 PM

Comment: Large sparce open cluster containing one bright 6th magnitude yellow star 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6369

(Planetary Nebula in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:14:05 PM

Comment: Annular PNe, much like M57 The Ring Nebula. Responds very well to the OIII filter 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 9

(Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:17:06 PM

Comment: Large but not all that bright. I can't say for sure I was able to resolve it 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 18.81, 81°, H81%

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6544

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:29:38 PM

Comment: A large and bright loose globular cluster 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6553

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:30:35 PM

Comment: Large and faint globular cluster. I'm certain I was only seeing the brighter core.

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6520

(Open Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:32:03 PM

Comment: Gorgeous open cluster 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

CB 107

(Dark Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:32:51 PM

Comment: Very obvious dark Barnard 86 region next to the bright open cluster NGC 6520.

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

HD 164361

(Star in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:34:55 PM

Comment: Pretty gold star only twice as large as the sun. Lies involved with the globular cluster Djorg 2, which I could not see 

Location: Virginia Beach, VA, User Defined

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Wray 16-350

(Planetary Nebula in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:38:38 PM

Comment: Faint blue PNe slightly larger than stellar. I could not see it without the OIII filter.

 

 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 6522

(Globular Cluster in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:47:00 PM

Comment: Small bright globular cluster partially resolved 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Butterfly Cluster - M 6

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:48:55 PM

Comment: This 4th magnitude cluster is one of the finest open clusters in the sky. There are so many stars they spill out of the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Tom Thumb Cluster - NGC 6451

(Open Cluster in Scorpius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:51:54 PM

Comment: Nice little cluster of stars and a nicely named one as well 

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

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

Seeing: 10

Transparency: 8

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Sagittarius)

Observed: Jul 18, 2020 at 10:54:32 PM

Comment: Not much exciting on Jupiter tonight. No shadow transits or GRS.

Location: Virginia Beach, SQM 18.7, 80°, H 83%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 


Comet NEOWISE

Kent Blackwell
 

 I was ready to hop on my bicycle to find a good place to look at the comet Friday night but before I left I saw it from my own front yard.  It was only about 5° above the tree line but that gave me enough time to roll my 16 inch telescope out to look at it.  Wow, the coma was bright.  But before any envy builds up that I saw it in a 16 inch telescope let me tell you it looked better in my 12 x 50 binoculars!  I remember back in the Comet Hale-Bopp days people lined up to look at it in my 12.5” but I told them it looks better in binoculars. No one took my advice. Look for it Saturday night below the bowl of the Big Dipper. At 9:30 pm it’ll be 16 degrees altitude with an azimuth of 316 degrees. Use a compass or the compass in your smartphone to estimate its position ahead of time.


Chippokes Tonight

charles jagow
 

Anyone heading out to Chippokes this evening?

Sent from Chuck's iPhone


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Re: Venus and Moon conjunction.

jimcoble2000
 

Seeing was awful last night. Nothing worth reporting.

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, 7:03:17 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Very nice. Still looking good around 5am this morning.

Cheers

Ian

On 7/17/2020 4:18 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
For some reason I was up at 4 this morning. Not for observing but just because. The moon and Venus were next to each other in conjunction so I snapped a quick photo before going back to bed. Jupiter would have been worth observing but earlier in the evening I just ran out of motivation. So here is the Moon Venus shot.


Re: Venus and Moon conjunction.

Ian Stewart
 

Very nice. Still looking good around 5am this morning.

Cheers

Ian

On 7/17/2020 4:18 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
For some reason I was up at 4 this morning. Not for observing but just because. The moon and Venus were next to each other in conjunction so I snapped a quick photo before going back to bed. Jupiter would have been worth observing but earlier in the evening I just ran out of motivation. So here is the Moon Venus shot.


Venus and Moon conjunction.

jimcoble2000
 

For some reason I was up at 4 this morning. Not for observing but just because. The moon and Venus were next to each other in conjunction so I snapped a quick photo before going back to bed. Jupiter would have been worth observing but earlier in the evening I just ran out of motivation. So here is the Moon Venus shot.


Re: Comet Photo by Kent In S&T Online

Ian Stewart
 

Well done Kent!

On 7/17/2020 9:51 AM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io wrote:
No, I think they published it because they realized what a rare and unique event it was that Blackwell was up at that hour. Miracles like that deserve to be noted.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, 8:52:42 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Sky & Telescope Online has published a dawn comet photo by Kent Blackwell.  Congrats to Kent!  And no wonder it was selected out of the multitude S&T must have received – it's a gorgeous image:



Re: Comet Photo by Kent In S&T Online

jimcoble2000
 

No, I think they published it because they realized what a rare and unique event it was that Blackwell was up at that hour. Miracles like that deserve to be noted.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, 8:52:42 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Sky & Telescope Online has published a dawn comet photo by Kent Blackwell.  Congrats to Kent!  And no wonder it was selected out of the multitude S&T must have received – it's a gorgeous image:



Comet Photo by Kent In S&T Online

Roy Diffrient
 

Sky & Telescope Online has published a dawn comet photo by Kent Blackwell.  Congrats to Kent!  And no wonder it was selected out of the multitude S&T must have received – it's a gorgeous image:



Re: Excellent comet weather this morning

jimcoble2000
 

We were too hazy in VB. to make an attempt. Rest of the week into late next week looks poor.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, 7:29:21 AM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


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

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. 

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