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Re: Notice please

Jim Tallman
 

Well said

Jim


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BBAA meeting

George Reynolds
 

There is a post on the BBAA page, and I just posted to the BBAA group.  Sorry for the late post.


Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://vccs.zoom.us/j/96840800899

 

Meeting ID: 968 4080 0899

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Observing Logs January 6

Ian Stewart
 

I got 5 last night the sixth was non existent - seeing was a little poopy too. I have a ES127 FCD series 7.5 triplet with the 2.5 inch hex focuser. I'm not a great visual observer but I have really gotten interested in the moon lately so have been spending the moon nights working my way through the more recognizable features depending on were the terminator is. I have ES 8 mm, 11mm and 24 eyepieces and a 2x barlow. I mounted the scope on a gemini AZ8 alt/az mount (a wonderful mount for grab and go). Will keep trying for the 6th star the next time it clears.

Cheers

Ian

On 1/7/2021 3:12 PM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
Hello, Ian. Try seeing all 6 Trapezium stars in Orion. The 6th star is a challenge but both Mark O and I saw it with out 5" refractors. It's certainly easier in the 16" though. What 5" refractor are you using?


Re: Observing Logs January 6

Kent Blackwell
 

Hello, Ian. Try seeing all 6 Trapezium stars in Orion. The 6th star is a challenge but both Mark O and I saw it with out 5" refractors. It's certainly easier in the 16" though. What 5" refractor are you using?


Re: Observing Logs January 6

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Kent thanks for the writeup. i always enjoy reading about your observations. I had the 5 inch out last night and spent quite a bit of time in Auriga. The clusters were stellar :-) Also as you said Orion was beautiful. I'm back to star hoping with the 5 inch so it takes me awhile to get around. My observing list is much smaller than with the big dob and DSCs.

Cheers

Ian

On 1/7/2021 2:12 PM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
What could possibly be better a better instrument for city observing than a 5” refractor? A 16” reflector, of course. Here’s what I saw last night. Note the sky quake meter readings. Simply awful compared to dark sky readings of 21.2 and darker.

Sit back and be entertained, but probably bored with my logs. Novices should always take notes; they’re fun to look back at years later. 

List: 21/12/06 16” f/6 Dobsonian Va Beach

 

NGC 1857

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:24:53 PM

Comment: Large open cluster of bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Starfish Cluster - M 38

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:39:12 PM

Comment: Large and beautiful open cluster with stars filling the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1907

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:40:07 PM

Comment: Small but rich open cluster next to M 38.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1931

(Bright Nebula in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:41:24 PM

Comment: Large but sparce open cluster also containing a bright diffuse nebula 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1893

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:49:13 PM

Comment: Large open cluster with traces of faint nebulosity 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1778

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:50:49 PM

Comment: Small pretty open cluster with a pair of blue stars.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1664

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:53:41 PM

Comment: Small sparce open cluster of a dozen or so fairly bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1582

(Open Cluster in Perseus)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:54:59 PM

Comment: A long curve of 15-20 fairly bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 37

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:01:38 PM

Comment: Without a doubt one of the prettiest open clusters in the sky 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 35

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:16:54 PM

Comment: Incredibly large and beautiful open cluster. It's hard to believe it was discovered in 1749. Stars fill the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2158

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:20:03 PM

Comment: Misty looking open cluster adjacent to M35. Quite faint even in the 16".

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Collinder 89

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:25:32 PM

Comment: Very large yet sparce open cluster of about 15 bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2174

(Bright Nebula in Orion)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:27:33 PM

Comment: A very large and faint nebulosity 1400 light years away. I saw it best by rocking the scope back and forth 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2248

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:31:47 PM

Comment: A very small open cluster of unknown magnitude 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2266

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:33:02 PM

Comment: Large V-shape group of stars with a bright 9th magnitude at the apex of the V.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2420

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:40:38 PM

Comment: Fairly large open cluster but containing only four bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Eskimo Nebula - NGC 2392

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:43:07 PM

Comment: The Eskimo is always a favorite PNe. The nebula is quite bright in a 16" so it's difficult to see the nebula "blink", which is so impressive in smaller telescopes. The best view was with the 5mm Pentax at 500x, at that power quite dark regions visible as well as a dark outer ring.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2331

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:55:51 PM

Comment: Large open cluster of about 20 fairly bright stars.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Jonckheere 900

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:10:01 PM

Comment: Small PNe with relatively high surface brightness. Although it has high surface brightness it still responds well to the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2372

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:15:37 PM

Comment: This PNe which looks like a double nebula is quite faint but brightens considerably with the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Orion Nebula - M 42

(Bright Nebula in Orion)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:32:47 PM

Comment: Even amidst city lights M 42 is simply gorgeous. All 6 stars in the Trapezium were easily visible at 150x.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

IC 418

(Planetary Nebula in Lepus)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:42:15 PM

Comment: Wonderful little PNe with a bright central star. I could barely see a pinkish color on the outer perimeter, but nothing as dramatic as it looks in the 25" from Coinjock 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

K-2

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:51:36 PM

Comment: A large round extremely faint PNe with low surface brightness. Only visible with the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2346

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 10:10:42 PM

Comment: Small but not stellar PNe, responds well to the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Minkowski 1-9

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 10:18:52 PM

Comment: Faint and stellar 13.4 magnitude PNe which disappears with no filter in place. 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.87 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 


Observing Logs January 6

Kent Blackwell
 

What could possibly be better a better instrument for city observing than a 5” refractor? A 16” reflector, of course. Here’s what I saw last night. Note the sky quake meter readings. Simply awful compared to dark sky readings of 21.2 and darker.

Sit back and be entertained, but probably bored with my logs. Novices should always take notes; they’re fun to look back at years later. 

List: 21/12/06 16” f/6 Dobsonian Va Beach

 

NGC 1857

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:24:53 PM

Comment: Large open cluster of bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Starfish Cluster - M 38

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:39:12 PM

Comment: Large and beautiful open cluster with stars filling the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1907

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:40:07 PM

Comment: Small but rich open cluster next to M 38.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1931

(Bright Nebula in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:41:24 PM

Comment: Large but sparce open cluster also containing a bright diffuse nebula 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1893

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:49:13 PM

Comment: Large open cluster with traces of faint nebulosity 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1778

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:50:49 PM

Comment: Small pretty open cluster with a pair of blue stars.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1664

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:53:41 PM

Comment: Small sparce open cluster of a dozen or so fairly bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 1582

(Open Cluster in Perseus)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 7:54:59 PM

Comment: A long curve of 15-20 fairly bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 37

(Open Cluster in Auriga)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:01:38 PM

Comment: Without a doubt one of the prettiest open clusters in the sky 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 38° H 71%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Messier 35

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:16:54 PM

Comment: Incredibly large and beautiful open cluster. It's hard to believe it was discovered in 1749. Stars fill the field of view 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2158

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:20:03 PM

Comment: Misty looking open cluster adjacent to M35. Quite faint even in the 16".

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 8

 

Collinder 89

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:25:32 PM

Comment: Very large yet sparce open cluster of about 15 bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2174

(Bright Nebula in Orion)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:27:33 PM

Comment: A very large and faint nebulosity 1400 light years away. I saw it best by rocking the scope back and forth 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2248

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:31:47 PM

Comment: A very small open cluster of unknown magnitude 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2266

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:33:02 PM

Comment: Large V-shape group of stars with a bright 9th magnitude at the apex of the V.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2420

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:40:38 PM

Comment: Fairly large open cluster but containing only four bright stars 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Eskimo Nebula - NGC 2392

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:43:07 PM

Comment: The Eskimo is always a favorite PNe. The nebula is quite bright in a 16" so it's difficult to see the nebula "blink", which is so impressive in smaller telescopes. The best view was with the 5mm Pentax at 500x, at that power quite dark regions visible as well as a dark outer ring.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2331

(Open Cluster in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 8:55:51 PM

Comment: Large open cluster of about 20 fairly bright stars.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Jonckheere 900

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:10:01 PM

Comment: Small PNe with relatively high surface brightness. Although it has high surface brightness it still responds well to the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2372

(Planetary Nebula in Gemini)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:15:37 PM

Comment: This PNe which looks like a double nebula is quite faint but brightens considerably with the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Orion Nebula - M 42

(Bright Nebula in Orion)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:32:47 PM

Comment: Even amidst city lights M 42 is simply gorgeous. All 6 stars in the Trapezium were easily visible at 150x.

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

IC 418

(Planetary Nebula in Lepus)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:42:15 PM

Comment: Wonderful little PNe with a bright central star. I could barely see a pinkish color on the outer perimeter, but nothing as dramatic as it looks in the 25" from Coinjock 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

K-2

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 9:51:36 PM

Comment: A large round extremely faint PNe with low surface brightness. Only visible with the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

NGC 2346

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 10:10:42 PM

Comment: Small but not stellar PNe, responds well to the Orion UltraBlock filter 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.75 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 

Minkowski 1-9

(Planetary Nebula in Monoceros)

Observed: Jan 6, 2021 at 10:18:52 PM

Comment: Faint and stellar 13.4 magnitude PNe which disappears with no filter in place. 

Location: Virginia Beach SQM 16.87 37° H 72%

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

Seeing: 9

Transparency: 8

 


Notice please

jimcoble2000
 

Please stop using political opinion in the notices. Words such as "draconian" are unprofessional and uncalled for. If you have an opinion please keep it to yourself. Thanks

Reference Garden stars notice


Urban List observing

George Reynolds
 

After many years of idleness, I dug out my old Urban List and realized I need just FIVE more objects to complete the list!  Bruce, I'm going to try to get it done and send it to you.

I went out in my backyard just before midnight 1/6, and observed until 0155 on 1/7/2021.  The seeing was so-so to begin with, but gradually got worse.  I was able to find and observe three open clusters of the five remaining objects.  The last two were in Hydra, and the sky was so grey by 0150 that I could see no stars naked-eye except those in Leo.  I could not star-hop to Hydra due to the poor seeing.  Maybe tomorrow night (early a.m. 1/8).

The three objects I saw were open clusters NGC2232, NGC2264, and NGC2301, all in Monoceros.  I could not locate OC NGC2539 in Puppis (Sirius was in the trees by then), nor NGC3242 The Ghost of Jupiter in Hydra.

George


George Reynolds

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


 


Re: Double Star & Open Cluster Observing from the City

Ian Stewart
 

This looks like a great list for tonight. Thanks for sharing Kent.

Cheers

Ian

On 1/6/2021 8:44 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
Although it was mostly cloudy last night I did have a about an hour of clear skies. Here are some double stars I observed, but the most interesting was seeing all six components in the Trapezium. Don't ever give up, even if the sky looks as if it's going to be cloudy all night.
List: 21/01/05 Takahashi TSA 120, Losmandy G11
119 Tauri
(Variable Star in Taurus)
26 Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
Omega Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
HR 1669
(Double Star in Auriga)
HR 1779
(Double Star in Auriga)
Starfish Cluster - M 38
(Open Cluster in Auriga)
HD 34251
(Double Star in Taurus)
118 Tauri
(Variable Double Star in Taurus)
HR 2217
(Double Star in Auriga)
UU Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
HD 46296
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
118 Tauri
(Variable Double Star in Taurus)
Messier 37
(Open Cluster in Auriga)
Iota Cancri
(Variable Double Star in Cancer)
19 Lyncis
(Double Star in Lynx)
Psi5 Aurigae
(Double Star in Auriga)
HD 237611
(Double Star in Lynx)
Trapezium - Theta1 Ori
(Variable Double Star in Orion)


Double Star & Open Cluster Observing from the City

Kent Blackwell
 

Although it was mostly cloudy last night I did have a about an hour of clear skies. Here are some double stars I observed, but the most interesting was seeing all six components in the Trapezium. Don't ever give up, even if the sky looks as if it's going to be cloudy all night.

List: 21/01/05 Takahashi TSA 120, Losmandy G11
119 Tauri
(Variable Star in Taurus)
26 Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
Omega Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
HR 1669
(Double Star in Auriga)
HR 1779
(Double Star in Auriga)
Starfish Cluster - M 38
(Open Cluster in Auriga)
HD 34251
(Double Star in Taurus)
118 Tauri
(Variable Double Star in Taurus)
HR 2217
(Double Star in Auriga)
UU Aurigae
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
HD 46296
(Variable Double Star in Auriga)
118 Tauri
(Variable Double Star in Taurus)
Messier 37
(Open Cluster in Auriga)
Iota Cancri
(Variable Double Star in Cancer)
19 Lyncis
(Double Star in Lynx)
Psi5 Aurigae
(Double Star in Auriga)
HD 237611
(Double Star in Lynx)
Trapezium - Theta1 Ori
(Variable Double Star in Orion)


Re: Moon Dog and Mars

Stu Beaber
 

Great pix Ian!

Happy Holidays,
Stu


On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 9:10 AM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:
Caught this last night when out walking the dogs.
Cheers and a Very Happy Holiday
Ian
Moon Dog and Mars


Moon Dog and Mars

Ian Stewart
 

Caught this last night when out walking the dogs.
Cheers and a Very Happy Holiday
Ian
Moon Dog and Mars


Re: Latest Image Sh2-168

charles jagow
 

I like it Stu!

 

Member #1495 – Norfolk County Rifle Range

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:37 PM
To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Latest Image Sh2-168

 

Took this shot last night of this overlooked object in light hazy skies and 55% moon light. This is Ha filtered light and the first image taken using PoleMaster polar alignment tactics. I've been noticing some problems when imaging to the west ...the further I go west, the worst the problems. These problems are typical polar alignment issues. Last night was first use of Polemaster and I found my polar scope in the mount to be off about a 1/4". This image is nearly 3 hours to the west and the stars are straight out of the camera...Hope to get some more Ha + color in the coming days...

Stu


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v/r

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Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

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Re: Latest Image Sh2-168

Ian Stewart
 

Loverly, good job Stu .. Cheers Ian

On 12/23/2020 5:37 PM, Stu Beaber wrote:
Took this shot last night of this overlooked object in light hazy skies and 55% moon light. This is Ha filtered light and the first image taken using PoleMaster polar alignment tactics. I've been noticing some problems when imaging to the west ...the further I go west, the worst the problems. These problems are typical polar alignment issues. Last night was first use of Polemaster and I found my polar scope in the mount to be off about a 1/4". This image is nearly 3 hours to the west and the stars are straight out of the camera...Hope to get some more Ha + color in the coming days...

Stu


Latest Image Sh2-168

Stu Beaber
 

Took this shot last night of this overlooked object in light hazy skies and 55% moon light. This is Ha filtered light and the first image taken using PoleMaster polar alignment tactics. I've been noticing some problems when imaging to the west ...the further I go west, the worst the problems. These problems are typical polar alignment issues. Last night was first use of Polemaster and I found my polar scope in the mount to be off about a 1/4". This image is nearly 3 hours to the west and the stars are straight out of the camera...Hope to get some more Ha + color in the coming days...

Stu


Re: Jupiter Saturn conjunction

Matthew Cook
 

Two of the moons are visible near Jupiter.  Excellent shot!


On Dec 22, 2020, at 11:04, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:

Sorry you guys were clouded out.  Here in southern Arizona, we had perfect weather. Everybody with a camera imaged it, but Max Mirot’s rendering is probably the best of the close ups.  Too bad this low res version loses the moons, but that’s life.

 

My wife and I have been checking the planets every night for the past week or more and last night we stayed with them from twilight until they blinked out behind the Huachuca mountains. Pretty cool.  The seeing was decent, and conditions were excellent: not too cold, no wind.  I used the 10-inch, as the 30 can’t reach that low in the west and the 18 puts the viewer too low to the ground for comfort.  The 10-inch Dob, on its extender platform is the ticket. I had a couple of minutes with a 6mm Radian, but switched to a zoom eyepiece so I could lower the power gradually as the planets became blurred by atmosphere.   

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest

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Re: Jupiter Saturn conjunction

jimcoble2000
 

Looking at the Saturn/Jupiter conjunction that is!

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 11:53:02 AM EST, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Had a near perfect night here. Well framed with my 5 inch f7.5 and an 8mm.

Cheers

Ian

On 12/22/2020 11:04 AM, Ted Forte wrote:

Sorry you guys were clouded out.  Here in southern Arizona, we had perfect weather. Everybody with a camera imaged it, but Max Mirot’s rendering is probably the best of the close ups.  Too bad this low res version loses the moons, but that’s life.

 

My wife and I have been checking the planets every night for the past week or more and last night we stayed with them from twilight until they blinked out behind the Huachuca mountains. Pretty cool.  The seeing was decent, and conditions were excellent: not too cold, no wind.  I used the 10-inch, as the 30 can’t reach that low in the west and the 18 puts the viewer too low to the ground for comfort.  The 10-inch Dob, on its extender platform is the ticket. I had a couple of minutes with a 6mm Radian, but switched to a zoom eyepiece so I could lower the power gradually as the planets became blurred by atmosphere.   

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


Re: Jupiter Saturn conjunction

jimcoble2000
 

Emoji Sogged out here (is sogged a word?). Now for the real men and women conjunction observers the moon and Uranus Thursday night!  Kent and I will be looking at it tonight. I spent the past week looking as often as I could considering how the weather goes here.

The best conjunction story was a friend who lives in Hawaii had his first light with his new telescope a couple of days ago on this...........................then he had an earthquake and volcanic eruption just south of him.

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 11:53:02 AM EST, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Had a near perfect night here. Well framed with my 5 inch f7.5 and an 8mm.

Cheers

Ian

On 12/22/2020 11:04 AM, Ted Forte wrote:

Sorry you guys were clouded out.  Here in southern Arizona, we had perfect weather. Everybody with a camera imaged it, but Max Mirot’s rendering is probably the best of the close ups.  Too bad this low res version loses the moons, but that’s life.

 

My wife and I have been checking the planets every night for the past week or more and last night we stayed with them from twilight until they blinked out behind the Huachuca mountains. Pretty cool.  The seeing was decent, and conditions were excellent: not too cold, no wind.  I used the 10-inch, as the 30 can’t reach that low in the west and the 18 puts the viewer too low to the ground for comfort.  The 10-inch Dob, on its extender platform is the ticket. I had a couple of minutes with a 6mm Radian, but switched to a zoom eyepiece so I could lower the power gradually as the planets became blurred by atmosphere.   

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


Re: Jupiter Saturn conjunction

Ian Stewart
 

Had a near perfect night here. Well framed with my 5 inch f7.5 and an 8mm.

Cheers

Ian

On 12/22/2020 11:04 AM, Ted Forte wrote:

Sorry you guys were clouded out.  Here in southern Arizona, we had perfect weather. Everybody with a camera imaged it, but Max Mirot’s rendering is probably the best of the close ups.  Too bad this low res version loses the moons, but that’s life.

 

My wife and I have been checking the planets every night for the past week or more and last night we stayed with them from twilight until they blinked out behind the Huachuca mountains. Pretty cool.  The seeing was decent, and conditions were excellent: not too cold, no wind.  I used the 10-inch, as the 30 can’t reach that low in the west and the 18 puts the viewer too low to the ground for comfort.  The 10-inch Dob, on its extender platform is the ticket. I had a couple of minutes with a 6mm Radian, but switched to a zoom eyepiece so I could lower the power gradually as the planets became blurred by atmosphere.   

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest


Jupiter Saturn conjunction

Ted Forte
 

Sorry you guys were clouded out.  Here in southern Arizona, we had perfect weather. Everybody with a camera imaged it, but Max Mirot’s rendering is probably the best of the close ups.  Too bad this low res version loses the moons, but that’s life.

 

My wife and I have been checking the planets every night for the past week or more and last night we stayed with them from twilight until they blinked out behind the Huachuca mountains. Pretty cool.  The seeing was decent, and conditions were excellent: not too cold, no wind.  I used the 10-inch, as the 30 can’t reach that low in the west and the 18 puts the viewer too low to the ground for comfort.  The 10-inch Dob, on its extender platform is the ticket. I had a couple of minutes with a 6mm Radian, but switched to a zoom eyepiece so I could lower the power gradually as the planets became blurred by atmosphere.   

 

Ted

BBAA Southwest

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