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    Default Late Reporting...Culpeper Group



    Our informal club in Culpeper got together at Morning Calm Observatory (MCO) for a great evening under incredible skies on Saturday, 23 March, 7:30-11 p.m.! The evening kicked off with a 6 minute pass of the ISS at 7:55 p.m. It was brighter than Sirius!! Always an awesome sight

    I had my 4 inch refractor (SV110ED/G11) set up and was targeting open star clusters (OCs) and double stars. First stop though was Mars, which is pretty small right now (at less than 5" diameter) but still showing all its "redness". Open clusters included the Pleiades (M45) and the Beehive (M44) which were both remarkably bright; and M35, M36, M37, M38, M41, M46, M47, and M48. We also kept going back to the Orion Nebula (M42) and the Trapezium throughout the night. Several double stars were checked out in Cassiopeia, Taurus, Leo and Cancer...including 57 Cancri, a close pair at 1.5 arcsec.

    We also had the 30 inch Obsession fired up and its targets were nebulae (the Orion and Owl Nebulae) and galaxies (M81, 82, the Leo region). They could have checked out more, but I wasn't paying close attention

    We concluded the evening at about 11 p.m. as the Moon started brightening the sky. All in all a great night...with a couple meteors, including one very bright (radiating from Leo) joining the mix!

    I also had a short session last evening, 26 March, in my LP backyard. Focused mainly on doubles in Lynx...some old and some new...including 12 Lyn, a nice triple with a close pair (1.7") and 19 Lyn.

    Tonight looks ripe for another session!!

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    Default Re: Late Reporting...Culpeper Group

    Thank you for the great report Dave
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    Default Re: Late Reporting...Culpeper Group

    Some quality time there Dave. Good luck tonight!
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    Default Re: Late Reporting...Culpeper Group

    Great Dave! Enjoy the clear skies while you can...
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    Default Re: Late Reporting...Culpeper Group

    You are living right, my friend. Awesome!

    Been cloudy here and tonight smoke from a controlled burn. Might get Sunday here, though that is iffy yet.
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    Default Re: Late Reporting...Culpeper Group

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Some quality time there Dave. Good luck tonight!
    Thanks, Andrey! Taking advantage of a few good days...cause bad weather is coming for the next week or so!

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    Great Dave! Enjoy the clear skies while you can...
    Thanks, Michael! We are having a reasonably clear night again tonight. I'm in taking a break!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    You are living right, my friend. Awesome!

    Been cloudy here and tonight smoke from a controlled burn. Might get Sunday here, though that is iffy yet.
    Thanks, Bryan! Not certain what I'm doing right, if anything...but while not perfect skies, good enough for doubles hunting!!

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    Very nice sessions with the 4", Dave! I'm gonna have to try for 57 Cancri and 12 Lyncis on the next clear night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Very nice sessions with the 4", Dave! I'm gonna have to try for 57 Cancri and 12 Lyncis on the next clear night.
    Thanks, Terry! Lots of great doubles out there...the forgotten gems of the night sky!!

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