Tag: open cluster

Observing Session 30, Nov/1,Dec

Orion Nebula M42 NGC 1976, Sh 2-281, Bernes 117 Air Mass: 1.9 Session started: 00:07 GMT Seeing: I: perfect seeing, No quiver Transparency: Clear Moon: 16 days since New : Phase: 0.98 A magnificent sight as always. Looking at my logs the last time I observed M42 was on the 5, November of last year. And within 30 minutes too. With a full moon 30 degrees to the East, I didn’t spend too much…


Observing Session 17/18 November

DSS image NGC7789 Caroline’s Rose As October was a complete visual washout, it felt odd being outside under a completely dark and clear sky in almost 2 months. It’s at times like this that I wish I lived on the East coast of the UK, where they seem to moan about only getting 5 or 6 clear nights during the month of October – “you’ve never had it so good guys” It all started to…


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…