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Meeting at 7.30, all welcome.

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hey Paul,

Weather not looking great for tomorrow but if it changes, ill try my best to get up there.

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Replied by lunartic_old on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Weather misbehaving, it's a no go.
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Replied by flt158 on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Thank you, Paul.

However, Saturday night might be good.
But I am planning to observe from my back garden.
(I'm up early in Sunday morning).
It will be precisely 1 full month since I did any observing.
And I am only starving to do some.

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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Replied by mykc on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

The forecast for tonight is promising. I'm up for a trip to Sugarloaf if anyone is interested.

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hi Mike.

Id love to get out but it depends on some family factors. I wont be able to make a call until around 7.30. If you are going up, post back and let me know.

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Replied by mykc on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Thanks Sean. I'm still god to go, and it's no problem waiting until after 7:30 to decide.

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Great. Ill let you know soon. If anyone else fancies it, let us know. Paul, Aubrey?

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Ok Mike, im good to go. What time will we meet, if you're still ok to go?

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Replied by mykc on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Great! It will take me about 45 minutes to pack the gear and get up there, so I could get to Sugarloaf around 8:15. What time would suit you?

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Ahh you are quick!! I wont get there till about 8.45 if that is ok???

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Replied by mykc on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Grand, time to have a cuppa before heading out. See you there. Mike.
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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Really sorry Mike. About 15 mins late!!! Very sorry
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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Actually, got my times wrong. Am here bang on time!! I suppose there's a first time for everything...
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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Great to meet you Mike. Really good observing night. Sky was excellent. Got a few objects ticked from my list. Hope to get out again soon.

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Sean

P.s. Those coconut cakes... Wow
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Replied by flt158 on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hello, Mike and Sean.

I am very glad you made it to the Sugarloaf on Saturday night.
Unfortunately I had so much happening during the late afternoon.
My wife and I only got stuck into our evening dinner at 8 pm.

I did do come observing alright from 9 to 11.30 pm. And I will fill you in with the details some time.

In the meantime, do you mind sharing as to what you observed on Saturday night?

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hi Aubrey,

Well, i used a baader zoom all night. The objects i viewed were Mars, M31, M32, M33, M75, M72, The ring nebula and the double cluster. Mike pointed one one to me too, which if im not mistaken was M15 in Pegasus but im not sure. Highlight for me was probably the double cluster (it just never fails). Mike can fill you in too. I think we observed a lot of the same things though.

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Replied by flt158 on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hi Mike.
I have never had the pleasure of observing M33.
It is one I have to see at the Sugarloaf sometime soon.
I don't know where M75 is.
Is it in Sagittarius?

Just wondering,

Aubrey.
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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Hi Aubrey,

It's sean. Yep, it's in Sagittarius but I'll be honest with you, it's not too impressive. I do love globs but this one is one of the fainter ones.

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Replied by flt158 on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Apologies, Sean, for addressing you as Mike.
What's it called? Dyslexia -sort of.
I am also impressed with your Badder Zoom.
Did you see any surface features on Mars?

Thank a bunch, Aubrey.
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Replied by mykc on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

It was a real pleasure to meet Sean and we had a nice relaxed observing session. There were a couple of lads taking astrophotos, so we introduced ourselves and had a nice chat. Hopefully we will see them again. The sky was perfectly clear and there was only a hint of a breeze, but it got very cold.

We started with Mars, but could only see the orange disk with no more than a hint of darker features. I'm still getting used to the new refractor and did a slow tour of some Messiers. M2 & M15 are nice bright globulars, M76, the Little Dumbbell, was very faint in my little scope, and M34, the spiral cluster, was nice. Staying in Perseus, I checked STF331 which is a fine double of bright white stars easily resolved at 57X (5.2, 6.2, 12"). The seeing was not great and I did not look at any other doubles. The double cluster was magnificent as always and the Pleiades, although too big even for my wide field scope, was still very impressive.

A very modest haul, but it was lovely just to be out under that beautiful sky. By 11:15 we were frozen, so we packed up early. I'm looking forward to more sessions under the Autumn and Winter skies.

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Replied by RandomPillars on topic Observing Sugarloaf Friday October 5

Not at all Aubrey, no worries. Yep, as Mike said, nothing of note on Mars. Looking forward to the next outing. Gotta start bringing a proper list of targets!!!

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