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    Smile Had my observing hat on tonight.



    Today's good weather continued on into the night so I took the chance to enjoy some astronomy.

    I started the evening just after sunset, checking low on the horizon for Mercury & Jupiter, Jupiter was too low to see but I did get a nice view of Mercury over the park. After tea I was back out about 8:45pm. I decided to leave the camera in the house and just enjoy the views, it was a beautiful mild evening. First stop was Sirius, I like to think of it as the little star from twinkle, twinkle.....well it is just like a diamond in the sky! lol
    Orion is getting low in the sky now so I took the chance to have a good look at the Nebula, at this point I was joined by a neighbour who chummed me for the next 45mins or so. We could easily resolve the 4 stars of the trapezium and the nebulosity was really nice tonight.

    Saturn had just risen above the chimney pots, so that was our next stop. After the initial wows we spent a wee while counting how many moons we could spot......I think we found 6! Another neighbour came over and asked if she could see through the scope. I'm always happy to share so there were more wows as she enjoyed her first view of Saturn.

    I had a wee bit of time on my own before it clouded over, I moved from Saturn to Relugus, is this a double star? I think I spotted another double a fist width to the right of the bottom star in the Plough, not sure what this one is either? Also stopped by Alcor & Mizar.

    All in all it was a great way to de-stress after a busy day.

    Hope you all have clear skies.

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    Orion is still good for us as I'm only 27 deg South - and I can photo Orion til about 10pm or so before it hits the trees - Saturn is stuck in tress fora little while at my place so I'm going to have to wait fora week or two or photo/view it at midnight!

    Ursa is not one we can see either - so we have to make do with others.
    Nie report, glad your weather is improving - last night was the dance of the mosquitoes!
    Looks like a German Lederhosen slapping dance!
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