Monthly archives: October, 2015

Observing Session: 14, October

Well I guess the recent run of clear nights has probably come to an end. The high pressure that has been sitting over us for the last few weeks, has now made way for Low pressure, which is bringing in high winds and all the cloud from the North. Looking at the logs, I’ve had 12 observing sessions in a little under two months – a record number, which has included 50 unique objects observed….


Observing Session: 13, October

…and the clear nights continue to roll ūüôā   Date: 13/10/2015¬†Time: 19:19 ‚Äď 22:25 UT Seeing: II Mostly Stable,¬†Transparency: I Extremely¬†Clear,¬†Temp:10.0c,¬†Pressure: 1011mb,¬†Humidity: 79%,¬†Dew Point: 3.0 ,¬†Wind: 6.0mph,¬†SQM: 18.3¬†NELM: 5.0 Collinder 401 In the Altair 250mm f/8 RC, 40mm Plossl, 51 X, 52′ West is to the 9 O’Clock I planted the scope on target and was expecting to see something that looked like an open cluster. NOTHING. So I checked the star field on Skysafari…


Observing Session: 11, October

A little bit of low cloud around, but the clear gaps in between them are large enough for a little keyhole astronomy.   Date: 11/10/2015 Time: 20:29 ‚Äď 21:28 UT Seeing: II Mostly Stable, Transparency: III Mostly Clear, Temp:9.6c, Pressure: 1004mb, Humidity: 91%, Dew Point: 8.0 , Wind: 6.0mph, SQM: 18.4¬†NELM: 5.3   Collinder 349, IC4665 In the TMB 80 f/6, 26mm Plossl, 18 X, 2.8¬į West is to the 6 O’Clock. There is a…


Observing Session: 1, October

…and the clear nights keep coming. ¬†The Moon is back but these small cluster observations aren’t particularly affected by its presence.   Date: ¬†1/10/2015¬†¬†Time: ¬†19:54 ‚Äď 00:29 UT Seeing: II Mostly¬†Stable,¬†Transparency: II Clear,¬†Temp:10.5c, ¬†Pressure: 1013mb,¬†Humidity: 81%,¬†Dew Point: 8.0 ,¬†Wind: 8.0mph,¬†SQM: 17.8¬†NELM: 4.9   Collinder 420, NGC6910 In the Altair 250mm f/8 RC, 14mm Delos, 145 X, 29.8′ West is to the 7 O’Clock At the centre of the cluster are two bright stars of 7.2…