Tag: NGC6853

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…


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 – 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 and…


Observing Session : 30, September.

I’m quite gobsmacked at the number of clear nights I’ve had this month. At least the four night gap since the last session has enabled me to catch up on some sleep 🙂 Despite a little bit of Moon, tonight’s sky was pretty much perfect. I’ve just noticed the humidity was down to 72%, a figure I’ve not seen since earlier in the year in April. Date:  30/09/2015  Time:  19:54 – 22:33 UT Seeing: I Perfectly Stable, Transparency:…


A New Toy: 18, September

…..and yet another clear night in September. At this rate I’m going to be knackered. I’ve also had so many clear nights since this session that I’m way behind on writing up all the observing logs that are now accumulating.  I think I can say that September has been my most productive month EVER. The main reason for opening up was to try a newly acquired toy for the DBO2 I’ve been getting a little…


Observing Session: 9, September

Three observing sessions in under a week – it’s been a while since I had one of those. The wind was a little too high to safely open up the DBO, so I dragged the Baby RC out for some star hopping. I’m so glad I don’t have a Cassegrain design any more,  as within 15mins, dew was dripping off the scope. A corrector plate would have dewed up almost immediately! Dealing with dew requires…