Monthly archives: June, 2014

Observing Session: 20, June

The run of clear nights continues, but  consecutive Midnight starts is just too much during the week.  Fortunately, this evening was a Friday, so after a good night out at my local Astronomy club, it was still clear when I got back – so I opened up. I’ve had another bash at drawing. I got a pencil assortment which contains one each of  2B, B, HB, H and 2H grades. While these seem OK, I think…


Observing Session: 14, June

I’m really pissed off at the moment! For the last 10 days or so, we’ve had a pretty good streak of reasonably clear skies. The big problem is that  by the time it’s dark enough – about midnight – I’m so pooped that my bed is a more attractive proposition than the observatory 🙁 Even if I wasn’t, the full Moon blazing away, killed any faint glimmer of enthusiasm that I could muster 🙁 However,…


Observing Session: 31, May

Managed to get out tonight, but being rather pooped, it was a struggle to be bothered to open up.  Having decided  to start a new observing programme a few days before, I loaded up the ‘Caldwell Catalogue’ in Astroplanner and started at number 1 Session Data Date: 31/05/2014 Time: 22:26 – 23:23 UT  Seeing: I Perfectly  Stable, Transparency: Somewhat Clear. Caldwell1 In the 40mm West is to the 10 O’Clock. There are about 7 bright stars in the FOV,…


Observing Session: 27, May

Wow. Two observing sessions within a week of each other. I’m spoilt! Quite a bit of clear sky around this evening, but at 10:30 when I opened up, it was still bright enough that only the planets and a few principle bright stars were visible. There are some nights where you know it’s going to be clear all night and this was one of them, so  I had a bit of time to plan the…