So, I’m sure you heard about the asteroid with its own moon passing close to Earth last week? Well, Eric is so awesome he had the coordinates and we got a peek at it. Just a little dot, and it appeared so harmless. Taken by Eric via the camera attached to the 24″ telescope.
Friday was pretty much cloudless until about 11:30 p.m. With the moon setting well before sunset, we had a good hour of great stargazing. It doesn’t get really dark until after 10:00 here.
We don’t normally get such clear skies so early in the season, so I enjoyed the treat. I took out the new 10″ the UofO purchased for a spin. It was a bit touchy, so we had a bit of a learning curve. Every time I went to adjust the telrad [how I aim the scope], it would move. So, I just had to memorize how it was off, so I could aim off.
We had some great visitors and I aimed the telescope toward some old friends – Saturn, M13, ring nebula, lagoon nebula, swan nebula, M24, the open clusters around Scorpius, M22, M4, dumb bell nebula, veil nebula, M11, Albireo, Mizar, Whirlpool galaxy – which was spectacular in the new 10″. And for the first time I ever, I viewed the pinwheel galaxy and a galactic pair off the bowl of the Big Dipper.
To me, finding something in the telescope I’d never seen before is a huge thrill. So, it was an excellent night… until the clouds rolled in. I was just about to go exploring Leo. Bummer. Maybe next week.
The 24″ had been fixed and we viewed Mercury and Venus in it before the crowds came up.
A forcefield surrounds a tree… OK, not really…
Some deer friends
I never tire of the sunset from the top…
How was your weekend?
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