Monthly archives: September, 2012

Observing Session: 18, September

DSS image 60′ x 60′ FOV NGC 457, Collinder 12, Melotte 7, Raab 3, OCL 321 Conditions varied throughout the observing session, but improved to the point where there were only a few small isolated clouds. The seeing was very stable. This has been one of the best nights so far of this this Summer/Autumn season. First initial views did not look anything like ET. However I was viewing it upside down so when you…


Observing Session: 7, September

While I’m a bit behind writing my observations up, I see that over the last 30 days or so, I’ve managed to find 6 clear nights where observations were possible. I guess we are in a period where the weather is generally more settled and with the nights drawing in, chances are that we are more likely than not we can get out there with the scope. I’ve had a couple of sessions using Skytools…


Hexascope First Light: M31

Managed to get out for half an hour with my astronomy club’s home made scope ‘ The Hexascope’. Conditions were not perfect, but the seeing was OK. My log reads Meade Series 4000 26mm Plössl, 48x First Deep Sky views with the Hexascope.Visible extent of Galaxy covers just under one eyepiece worth – about 1 degree.  A bright core is tight and small except with averted vision where it seems to grow and resemble a…


Observing Session: 5, September

The weather has been pretty good since the BBQ last weekend and my last observing session. Lots of clear bright sunny days and warm with it. Summer has sprung with a vengeance, although I suspect this is more like ‘one last gasp’ before Autumn sets in. Last night wasn’t too bad. The Moon was just starting to come up in the East, which was fine, as I wanted to try and view as may objects…


Observing Session: 1, September

Image courtesy of SOHO After an awful weekend over the last Bank holiday, the weather seems to have settled down a bit and I was able to open up on Saturday afternoon and see what the sun was up to.  A quick peek the week before, was very dissapointing,  but yesterday saw lots of activity. Here’s the entry from my observing log. Way hay. My first log using Skytools 3!! Way to go. Principle groups…