Saturday night Jan 18th - Chilly, but beautiful!

1 month 6 days ago #108191 by Seanie_Morris
It's bloody freezing out there tonight but the sky transparency is almost perfect.

Spent some time outside with the SkyWatcher 12" (in manual mode), and through various eyepieces I observed The Pleaides, Andromeda M31, Orion Nebula M42, Reflection nebula, some other DSOs, and I wasn't 100% sure if I managed to 'see' the Crab Nebula. When I applied the Astronomik UHC filter to the 15mm 1.25" Plossl, the contrast in M42 and M31 was quite remarkable.

Also spotted a piece of space debris burn up like a meteor through the Square of Pegasus. I reckon it was space debris because it seemed to travel at half speed compared to all other meteors, and was white and bright.

After just under an hour I decided to pack it in as frost was getting on everything!

Now for some hot chocolate...

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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1 month 5 days ago #108193 by Until_then-Goodnight!
Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic Saturday night Jan 18th - Chilly, but beautiful!
Hi Seanie, 

I very much enjoyed reading your report. It sounds like it was a great session, and your description of observing some space debris is fascinating. 

Remember the marshmallows!

Darren. 

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1 month 5 days ago #108195 by flt158
It sure is great to have you back on www.irishastronomy.org , Seanie!

And what a marvellous report you have sent us.

The only way I can observe M1 is under the darkest of skies.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.

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1 month 5 days ago #108197 by Fermidox
It was a superb night; I observed asteroids Davida, Ausonia and Athamantis, all at opposition above mag 11 this week. M1 is visible in 20x80s down here in rural Limerick, but I still think it's one of those that Messier did well to locate with his primitive optics.

Finbarr.
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1 month 5 days ago #108198 by flt158
What scope did you use for those asteroids, Finbarr?

Kind regards,

Aubrey.

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1 month 5 days ago #108199 by Fermidox
It was my trusty old warhorse, the Nexstar SE8 Aubrey.

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1 month 4 days ago #108200 by flt158
Excellent!

Good man!

Aubrey.
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1 month 3 days ago #108215 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Saturday night Jan 18th - Chilly, but beautiful!
Thanks for the replies!
It was too good a night to let slip by like that. I went out again later since the time of my original post, just to stare up and 'look'. It was fantastic. And with many satellites moving in all directions, too.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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