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Old 08-04-2010, 08:25 AM
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Observation report 7/4

Clear skies finally in FNQ, so very eager to set up and do some observing.
Love carbon stars and wanted to check a few out, but only found the easy one. Did try for W Orionis and R Leporis, and V Hydra.
Unable to see even the Leo galaxies, due to poor seeing .. or visibly see Omega Centauri which I can normally see from here.
Had aimed for many more objects but conditions uncomfortable, so a very basic observing list only.

Date - 7/4/10
Time - 8-9 pm
Place - Saunders Beach
Instument - 10" coll-dob. 15mm SWAN 72' FOV. 9mm Nagler.
Conditions - 26.5 dg 84% humidity. Not great seeing.

Saturn - a delight as usual, very sharp and clear, with 4 Moons visible!! Not sure if I have seen 4 Moons with Saturn before, and checked with Stellarium to be sure.

The Orion Nebula - M42 - This emission nebula is a favourite of mine, as such a beautiful sight. Trapezium was very clear, and the streams of nebulosity were stunning. I did try a nebula filter (NPB) which didnt seem to make much difference.

ESB 365 - Carbon star in Crux - 7th mag star in sam FOV as Beta Crucis. Always a wonderful sight, though appeared a little dimmer than when I last saw it.

The Jewel Box - NGC 4755 in Crux - Beautiful little open cluster with bright stars, and a gorgeous red star as the ruby of the jewels.

Also checked out a few stars - Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Castor, Alpha Centauri and Rigel.

Inside about 9pm, was so muggy and just dripping in sweat, clothes saturated so inside to the shower. Still a great night though.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:55 AM
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Well done! You saw more than I saw last night - clouds and I couldn't get out anyway. Good work Bella!

Turn the NPB filter onto the Carina Nebula next chance you get.

Try for "Hind's Crimson Star" (R Leporis) not too far from Rigel.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:24 AM
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Great report Liz.
Doesn't it feel good soaking up all that cosmic energy!! Nothing beats being outside under the stars.
I'm so jealous. I had clear skies but no scopes. sigh....
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:35 AM
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Well done! You saw more than I saw last night - clouds and I couldn't get out anyway. Good work Bella!

Turn the NPB filter onto the Carina Nebula next chance you get.

Try for "Hind's Crimson Star" (R Leporis) not too far from Rigel.
Will do that Eric Oh, did try for R Leporis, but it had sunk down behind the giant grapefruit tree . Earlier, when it was up, the neighbours had to leave their backdoor lights on for quite awhile (only about ...5 m from me).

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Great report Liz.
Doesn't it feel good soaking up all that cosmic energy!! Nothing beats being outside under the stars.
I'm so jealous. I had clear skies but no scopes. sigh....
Yes, was great to be out there again, and will only get better up here now.
Just got a little toy in the post ... a zoom Skywatcher Ep - didnt cost much so prob pretty crappy, oh well, look forward to trying it
Where is your scope??
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:42 AM
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A dear friend has removed them from the house so I won't be tempted to set up.
Wise move I think.

A zoom ep. Let us know how it works out.
Speaking of mail... I'd better get things sorted out here so I can mail out that disk for you.
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... Oh, did try for R Leporis....
Ooops, I'd better read more carefully.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:12 AM
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Congratulations on finally getting out with Bella. Pity about the seeing and humidity. Sounds amazing to get so soaked.
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