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Posted by Thom Bolin on June 3, 2002 19:09:39 UTC

Well got back home after setting up sound equipment for a graduation and noticed Venus shining bright in the sky with Jupiter nearby. Got out my Trusty Tasco.. and set it too look at Venus, the reddot finder is great and cheap since it is a daisy BB gun sight, makes finding objects so much easier than with the finder. I've read that Venus has phases kinda like to moon, well I couldn't verify this, but if someone knows I would say that it was just under a full Venus on the 1st.

Since the Tasco and it's owner are only good at finding easy sights, I headed back in for my binoculars after noticing how clear the sky was. I found M3 pretty sure, looked like what a globular cluster would in the pictures you see, I was at 10x50's so could someone say yea or nay on that one for me.

Also searched for the Jewel in Hercules and here is where my real question comes in. The sky was bright with sky pollution from the nearby baseball diamond, I think I found the Jewel but found another interesting object that I could not find a star atlas. It was four stars in an almost perfectly straight line. These stars were located between corona borielus, the side toward Bootes and Hercules I believe, if I am right on the other counts they pointed almost directly at the Jewel. If someone could verify or unverify this for me I would appreciate it.

Happy Star Hopping
Thom

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