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    Default Great Night!!!



    I had been sitting around thinking about what I was going to observe a bit and waiting for it to get dark. I walked outside. Aaaaaaawwww man somebody is burning their garbage! One of the "joys" of the living in the country is that people think that a good way to get rid of their garbage is to put it in the air and breathe it. Well, I wasn't going to stand around and breathe that. Maybe I'll just go to bed.

    But it's been so cloudy. Havent had a lot of opportunities lately. There's a spot about 5-10 min. drive away that gets away from the streetlights. I didn't want to even throw the scope in the car, so I grabbed 20x80's and nebula filters and went. Didn't even take a map.

    Started driving, man, I should have bought gas, sure hope I don't run out. I'm sure people were dying to get out of bed and come get me.

    So I get there and get out of the car. Oooh, this was a good idea! I'm not dark adapted and I'm seeing clouds in the Milky Way! I looked at a TON of stuff! Sagittarius, Scutum, Ophiuchus, Scorpious. Saw about 45 Messier objects throughout the night. But the best view was just looking up at the Milky Way.

    You could see dark and light variations between Sagittarius/Alnasl and the Scutum star cloud. As the night went on, conditions seemed to deteriorate, but Sagittarius moved out of the light dome caused by the community I live in and the cloud above Alnasl got quite bright.

    I couldn't quite figure out the conditions. It was quite humid, which exacerbated the lp, and I would think transparency too, but conditions were excellent. Seeing seemed excellent, as the stars didn't seem to twinkle very much.

    6124 looked like it would be a favorite if it had more elevation like it would in the S hemisphere. The False Comet Complex, with 6242 & 6268, was nearby. Good to see Scorpius globular 6388, too, for the first time this year. It is nice to get the southerly objects like 6541 in Corona Australis, and 6723, almost in that constellation.

    My star hop was a bit rusty, and there's nothing to see there, really, but I took a look at the galactic center area. I usually go M6 to 6541/Tom Thumb to Collinder 351, more or less. It's just kinda cool to see the center of the galaxy.

    If I see a falling star, I usually look in the area to see what I can see. I saw maybe half a dozen, leading me to M2 and the Fireworks Galaxy, etc. One went through the fov while trying for C/2013 UQ4.

    The dark areas NW of Alnasl are really nice, some of my favorites. Nearby was one of the few objects I don't think I had seen before, TR31, near 6520 in Sagittarius.

    It was nice to look at the Messier objects in Canes Venatici, which I haven't done much of lately.

    It was probably the most enjoyable night this year. If you have a chance to get away from lp and see the Milky Way, I would recommend it.
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    Default Re: Great Night!!!

    Nice report,

    Thanks for sharing

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    Default Re: Great Night!!!

    Yes last night we finally got a decent night. There were still a few high clouds floating around but other than that, it was as clear as it's been in quite some time. The milky way was pretty incredible, but still not the best I've seen this year. I just sat out there for about 30 minutes watching the Hubble and about 8 other satellites whiz by. I saw one that didn't show up on heavens-above that was very slow moving through scorpio. It flared twice to about -4, once just below Antares and again just above it till it slowly faded out soon after not to be seen again. I love that you can just peak your head outside, spend a little time just looking up and enjoy yourself just as much as when you have the scope out. Great report Mike! You obviously know your way around the sky well to document all of what you saw without even having the star map with ya.
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    Hi Mike. Another excellent report from you again. It actually started out somewhat comical, but I see it turned quite well for you. It looks like those nice dark skies provided you with many nice objects. Today, is our first day of sunshine here in Florida. Although there are several white clouds, there are no gray clouds and thunder in the distance, so I may get a shot at viewing tonight for the first time in several weeks. Thanks for your well written and fun read report Mike, and I hope that you can get another chance like this again soon.
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    Default Re: Great Night!!!

    Nice, well-written report. Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Great Night!!!

    Mike,

    I really enjoyed that report. I have to get to a dark site to see what I may be missing. But having a 12" DOB is a challenge. I'm going to wait for perfect conditions then head out like you did. Also it does show that you know the night skies. Hopefully I can get to know the objects by memory like that.
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    An interesting report, thanks for sharing!
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    Default Re: Great Night!!!

    Thanks everyone, I downloaded Taki's 8.5 map to find the Fireworks Galaxy and nearby cluster and also the comet. I went on Wikipedia to get the RA and Dec so I wouldn't have to dig through. Been taking that map, printed with me and my Collins Star Atlas as well. Good to have a map with you, but sometimes it's just more to carry

 

 

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