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  1. Aurora's, meteors and the double cluster!

    by , 09-07-2012 at 09:03 PM
    I had a spectacular night of astronomy last weekend which I've been meaning to quickly blog about. Last weekend I had my new Celestron Nexstar 6SE out for the third time and I was able to quickly set it up and get going. The seeing conditions were mediocre, but that wasn't going to deter me from checking out as much as I could anyways! I spent some time initially on some of my favourite targets that I've seen before such as Andromeda, Jupiter and the Ring nebula and then I decided to check out the ...
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  2. Perseid!

    by , 08-19-2012 at 05:45 AM
    Tonight I got out for a short viewing session and while I was wildly unsuccessful with the telescope tonight, I did catch a very bright fireball Perseid! It was the best meteor I've seen and lasted for what seemed like 6 seconds, though I know it was probably only 2 seconds or so. I've seen lots of meteors before, but that one was almost like a firework because it was really wide and bright! Very cool! I also did some star gazing by just looking up without a telescope and watched and marveled at ...
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  3. The Dumbbell Nebula

    by , 07-22-2012 at 07:03 AM
    Tonight was another clear Saturday night, though the seeing was rated as 'poor' on ClearDarkSky at least the transparency was average. I started off by viewing the target of my last blog post.. Albireo and while it was a great sight again, it wasn't quite as crystal clear as the last time I saw it. My next immediate target was to go for the Ring Nebula which is fairly close by to Albireo, but after about 10 minutes of searching without success I decided I'd go for my secondary target - the dumbbell ...
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  4. Albireo!

    by , 07-06-2012 at 07:19 AM
    Well tonight I went out to take a look at Saturn again and you could really notice the atmosphere today. In spite of this, I still decided to go and look for M31 again. Sadly there was some cloud in that direction, so I looked on my computer for something else that I could find. I found this website and decided to try splitting a double-star. I used my iphone app 'distant suns' to recognize the swan (cygnus constellation) and then got my telescope positioned to point right at the star I was looking ...
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  5. Saw my first Galaxy!

    by , 06-30-2012 at 07:06 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by neek View Post
    Last night I finally had a clear night and it wasn't a work-night, so I was able to stay out late. I checked out Saturn like I always do now first and it is always fun start. Then I decided to look for a galaxy,.. I have terrible light pollution in my backyard (there's a highway right behind my house with tons of street lights), but I thought I'd give it a shot anyways. I've always wanted to see M31, so that's the direction I pointed my telescope. My method for finding it was probably a terrible
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