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    Default Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields



    Greetings from Kentucky. The skies cleared a little yesterday and began to show some blue so I was eager for the evening to approach. Clouds still drifted across the sky, but what a joy to see the familiar friends traversing the sky after over a week of clouds, snow, rain, etc. To my delight, I saw the moon high in the sky in the afternoon while I was out driving through town, but it wasn't until later in the evening that I realized Jupiter was sitting next to it. The pair made for a very nice winter sight against the blue sky before evening.

    I spent about half an hour just spending some time with Jove and Luna. Jupiter was a magnificent sight to behold in the day time. The moons began to poke out later, but the two equatorial bands were very clear, and other lines were beginning to show as well. I can only go up to 80x with my TMB 5mm Planetary eyepiece, but the sight of the moon at that power was remarkable, and the image was perhaps more pleasing than when I have view a large moon in the evening due to the lack of dark adaptation. I snapped a couple of photos with my phone held up to the eyepiece (not easy at 80x!, much more pleasant at 44x).

    When the skies had darkened I went back out with a mind to explore the area of Cassiopeia and Perseus that was visible to me. Rather than hunt for a specific target at first, I contented myself to point my 80mm of scope at the jagged "E" shape the queen had assumed, and let my eyes take in as much as I could with a 32mm TV plossl. Beautiful, but she was a little low, and I picked up some light pollution, so I went higher and landed on the double cluster. I enjoyed wiggling the scope a little bit which made the clusters really pop out like eyes staring back at me.

    Seeing still not great, so I took a look at Mintaka, and the nice region around Orion's belt. I scanned south until the sword came into view, and switching the 32 TV for the 9mm Burgess wide field ep gave me a stunning view of the nebula, and just barely seemed to break open the trapezium.

    I explored that area for another brief minute then decided to look at M45. Took me a second to get it into view, but what a joy when it did! The picture was already in focus and then bam! all at once the Pleiades revealed themselves to me. I was taking in that wonderful view when I caught a fast moving object in the right side of my field of view and tracked it for a second before I lost it. I noted the time, as I always do when I witness a satellite, meteor, iridium flare, or other ufo. Turns out this one was BREEZE-M DEB (TANK), at least as far as I can figure from checking heavens above and spaceweather.com

    By that point the clouds began to roll in, so I grabbed the scope, stowed the legs of my tripod so I could fit in the door, and despite my colds fingertips grabbed a cold porter and plopped down in front of the heater.

    Clear skies tonight,
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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    Hello JH,

    thanks for the very nice report, it lets me feel like being myself under the clear starry skies.

    Looking forward to more reports from you,

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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    A nice report, thanks for sharing!
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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    Very nice, well-written report. Thank You!

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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello JH,

    thanks for the very nice report, it lets me feel like being myself under the clear starry skies.

    Looking forward to more reports from you,

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    Thanks, JG. Often, during times of bad weather (as it has been lately) reading your reports, as well as many others from the folks here, that keep me excited to get out there the next chance at clear skies I get.

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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    Quote Originally Posted by vismundcygnus View Post
    Greetings from Kentucky. The skies cleared a little yesterday and began to show some blue so I was eager for the evening to approach. Clouds still drifted across the sky, but what a joy to see the familiar friends traversing the sky after over a week of clouds, snow, rain, etc. To my delight, I saw the moon high in the sky in the afternoon while I was out driving through town, but it wasn't until later in the evening that I realized Jupiter was sitting next to it. The pair made for a very nice winter sight against the blue sky before evening.

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    When the skies had darkened I went back out with a mind to explore the area of Cassiopeia and Perseus that was visible to me. Rather than hunt for a specific target at first, I contented myself to point my 80mm of scope at the jagged "E" shape the queen had assumed, and let my eyes take in as much as I could with a 32mm TV plossl. Beautiful, but she was a little low, and I picked up some light pollution, so I went higher and landed on the double cluster. I enjoyed wiggling the scope a little bit which made the clusters really pop out like eyes staring back at me.

    Seeing still not great, so I took a look at Mintaka, and the nice region around Orion's belt. I scanned south until the sword came into view, and switching the 32 TV for the 9mm Burgess wide field ep gave me a stunning view of the nebula, and just barely seemed to break open the trapezium.

    I explored that area for another brief minute then decided to look at M45. Took me a second to get it into view, but what a joy when it did! The picture was already in focus and then bam! all at once the Pleiades revealed themselves to me. I was taking in that wonderful view when I caught a fast moving object in the right side of my field of view and tracked it for a second before I lost it. I noted the time, as I always do when I witness a satellite, meteor, iridium flare, or other ufo. Turns out this one was BREEZE-M DEB (TANK), at least as far as I can figure from checking heavens above and spaceweather.com

    By that point the clouds began to roll in, so I grabbed the scope, stowed the legs of my tripod so I could fit in the door, and despite my colds fingertips grabbed a cold porter and plopped down in front of the heater.

    Clear skies tonight,
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    Nothing like a cold porter, even if it is cloudy. LOL ! Great night, great report !

    PS: I can hardly wait to find the Porter Nebula ! LOL !
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    Default Re: Observing Report Feb 10: Jupiter, the Moon, M45, Satellites, and Starfields

    Hi JH. A very nice report from you. I'm glad that you took advantage of some clearing in your weather, and got out to observe, despite the cold. And, it looks like you did a fine job with your 80mm scope too. First Jupiter and the moon, the double cluster, followed by M42 and M45. All in all, a very good observing session. Thanks for your fun read report JH, and I hope that you get another great night like this again very soon.
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    Very nice JH. I appreciate your descriptive narrative, which takes the reader along with you. Happy viewing!
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