Back to Home

Astronomy Discussion Forums

Forums: Atm · Astrophotography · Blackholes · Blackholes2 · CCD · Celestron · Domes · Education
Eyepieces · Meade · Misc. · God and Science · SETI · Software · UFO · XEphem
RSS Button

Home | Discussion Forums

Be the first pioneers to continue the Astronomy Discussions at our new Astronomy meeting place...
The Space and Astronomy Agora
Report From Grimsby, ON - 02/06/02

Forum List | Follow Ups | Post Message | Back to Thread Topics
Posted by Glenn Muller on February 7, 2002 15:13:51 UTC

As usual, my first look at the night sky was from the trailing end of a dog leash. Much to my surprise, the cloudy forecast was in actuality a totally clear night - vis. mag. 3.5, temp. 30f

Letting Farley set the pace we were back in record time and I soon had our 6" dob cooling in the shelter dome. After watching Jeopardy and ace-ing the "planets" category, Gail and I bundled up and started with Jupiter (2 bands well-defined) then Saturn. Though I made out Cassini's division and Gail couldn't, she saw some colour in the planet that I didn't.

Since Cassiopiea and Perseus were quite visible, and fairly high, we determined we were going to hunt down and bag the double cluster. Sighting the Rigel Quickfinder in the approximate zone, I started a slow dragnet search with the 25mm ep until I came across an FOV that seemed to be denser with bright stars, then keeping that grouping on the edge swept around until I found a similar one nearby. Success! NGC 869 and 884 finally in the books.

Being WEST WING fans, we decided to quit on that high note but, in retrospect, I find we appreciate what we have seen, better, once we have book-confirmed the sightings and learned a few details about them.

We are also getting to the point where a good set of star charts and a copy of Burnham's Celestial Guide are starting to rank higher on the wish list than new ep's. Oh well, only 45 weeks 'till Christmas!


Follow Ups:

    Login to Post
    Additional Information
    About Astronomy Net | Advertise on Astronomy Net | Contact & Comments | Privacy Policy
    Unless otherwise specified, web site content Copyright 1994-2023 John Huggins All Rights Reserved
    Forum posts are Copyright their authors as specified in the heading above the post.
    "dbHTML," "AstroGuide," "ASTRONOMY.NET" & "VA.NET"
    are trademarks of John Huggins