Monday Night


Kent Blackwell
 

 After dinner I set up a small telescope just to look at the planets in a few double stars. The seeing was only so-so.  I had help setting up the telescope since I’ve been a bit under the weather lately.  The last object viewed was the moon.  It was really bright. I snapped a picture with my iPhone handheld to the eyepiece.  The image isn’t all that good but I was in no mood to set up my DSLR. 

List: 21/10/18 Intes 

 

Epsilon Equulei

(Double Star in Equuleus)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:16:07 PM

Comment: Pretty yellow primary and a blue secondary. Nice contrasting pair 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:18:56 PM

Comment: Although the seeing isn't great Cassini's Division was easy. The only moon visible was Titan. Rhea was too close to Saturn.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Jupiter

(Planet in Capricornus)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:28:18 PM

Comment: The GRS was challenging to see. That is until I slipped in the Lumicon Comet filter. I was then able to see it and even suspected seeing Ganymede across the surface, just north of the GRS.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009

(Planetary Nebula in Aquarius)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:31:44 PM

Comment: Because of its high surface brightness NGC 7009 shows up easily even with the full moon in the sky.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

12 Aquarii

(Double Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:34:03 PM

Comment: 2.5"

Close pair of stars. The primary is yellow and the two magnitudes fainter secondary is blue 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 203667

(Double Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:36:05 PM

Comment: 56"

A wide pair of 8th magnitude stars 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Epsilon Equulei

(Double Star in Equuleus)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:37:07 PM

Comment: A gorgeous color contrasting pair of stars. The primary is blue-white and the secondary is pale yellow 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HR 8010

(Double Star in Delphinus)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:38:29 PM

Comment: 2.0"

Tight pair of 6.25 and 7.5 magnitude yellow stars 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HR 8056

(Double Star in Aquarius)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:40:32 PM

Comment: 1.2" 

Challenging close pair of equally bright yellow stars 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

95 Herculis

(Double Star in Hercules)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:43:36 PM

Comment: Close pair of beautiful orange stars.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

V772 Herculis

(Variable Double Star in Hercules)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:44:40 PM

Comment: Wide pair of stars. The primary is orange and the secondary is pale blue 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Mu Herculis

(Double Star in Hercules)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:45:39 PM

Comment: 37" 

Nice, unequal pair of stars. The primary is 3.4 magnitude and the secondary is almost 10th magnitude 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Pi Andromedae

(Variable Double Star in Andromeda)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:57:43 PM

Comment: 35.4"

Beautiful 4th magnitude blue-white primary and a 7th magnitude deep blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HR 122

(Double Star in Andromeda)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 8:58:54 PM

Comment: 55.3"

Deep red 6th magnitude primary and a 9th magnitude blue secondary 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

HD 1641

(Double Star in Andromeda)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 9:02:48 PM

Comment: 1.8"

Very tight pair of 7th and 8th magnitude orange stars. I had to use the 3.5mm Pentax at 220x to split them 

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9

 

Plato

(Feature on Moon)

Observed: Oct 18, 2021 at 9:43:39 PM

Comment: Plato is one of my favorite craters on the moon. The seeing wasn't good enough to see any craterlets though.

Location: Virginia Beach Moon 97% Full 55° H 57%

Equipment: 127mm F/6 Intes MN 56, 14mm Pentax

Seeing: 8

Transparency: 9