Well it doesn’t happen very often, but I awoke at 2:30 in the morning and looking out the window, the sky was clear.  Feeling remarkable spritely, I thought “What the hell’  and decided to open up.  This was also an ideal opportunity to give the new filterwheel another play.

While I looked at a number of objects I really just wanted to see how the views changed using the different filters, so apart from an attempt and viewing and recording B33, the HorseHead Nebula, I didn’t take notes of the other objects I observed. I only list them here for the record.

Session Data

  • Date: 26/09/2014 
  • Time: 03:08 – 05:10 UT
  • Seeing: I Perfectly  Stable, 
  • Transparency: II Clear, 
  • Temp:11.0c, 
  • Air Pressure: 1025mb, 
  • Humidity: 98%, 
  • Wind Speed: 2mph.

M42, NGC1976

No notes made of observation.


No notes made of observation.


No notes made of observation.


No notes made of observation.

Barnard 33

In the Altair Astro 250mm, 40mm Plossl, 51 X, 52′, UHC Filter West is to the 10 O’Clock.

I realise an H Beta filter is really needed to see this object, but gave it a go nonetheless.  I stared at this for about 30 mins. LBN954 to the N/E should have been visible , but wasn’t. There was a very faint trace of what looked like nebulosity running N/S, but I think this was more imagination, than reality.

Trying the Altair Astro 250mm, 14mm Delos, 145 X, 29.8′, the UHC Filter made no difference – in fact the filter seemed to kill what detail I thought I might be seeing.


No notes made of observation.