last night

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last night

Unread post by Thuban » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:06 am

I don't know if anyone else got out last night but it was perfect in Taunton. Clear skies, good seeing. I usually judge good seeing if I can start seeing Milky Way and it was definitely one of the better nights. The dumbell nebula was bright and really popped against an inky dark sky. I tried using stellarium to navigate with instead of my normal paper maps. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for me to locate objects once I had adjusted the limiting magnitude properly and also setup my scopes specs in the software. I also got some nice views of globulars and various star clusters and of course my favorite target Andromeda which I try to hit just about every night of observing. if you were out what did you see?
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Re: last night

Unread post by Pete » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:43 am

Summer nights are a roll of the dice when it comes to transparency. Good on you. I've not even been trying except for the planets.

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Unread post by Apollo XX » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:55 am

Yes, last night was perfect, but I was too darned tired to do anything about it. I did get out the night before though, which was nearly as good except for some increasing clouds late. I broke out the 12.5" and worked on the Stellafane Observing Olympics list, which I was late to learn about up at the event itself. On Sunday evening I saw seven objects from the list, including NGC's 6229, 6811, 6826, 6939, 7789, 457, and 654. I am pretty limited with regard to my horizons by the many trees surrounding my yard, so a trip to an open field under dark skies is in order.

The List and supporting documents can be found here; https://stellafane.org/convention/2016/ ... rving.html
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Re: last night

Unread post by AstroGeek » Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:28 pm

Indeed, last night was glorious!! I was out collecting images for a project I am working on. I have been out of the loop for a while, but now I am jumping back into astrophotography with both feet. Stay tuned...

Keep looking up!!

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Re: last night

Unread post by Thuban » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:31 pm

ooh thanks for the observing list very cool.
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