Monthly archives: August, 2012

Observing Session: 21, August

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


Observing Session 19, August

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


Observing Session 9, August

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


Funland

Working for yourself has many advantages, but taking long Summer breaks is not one of them. While the break is always welcome. it costs you a shedload in lost revenue, and creates so much of a backlog of work when you return, that you need another holiday to get over it. This years break was no exception and will a computer failure on the day I official got back to work, it’s taken three weeks…