July 10, 2012 at 6:52 am #11237
Hello astronomy fans!
I got out there again tonight for 3 hours. I looked at a lot of old favorites and just marveled at how the Milky Way was trying to match the Nebraska Star Party.
M92 went in the journal for the Globular Cluster award and 61 Cygni (my all time favorite double star) was recorded for the Binocular Double Star observing program.
It was really strange being out there and not having to get a Herschel 400 object. I felt out of place. Are there any support groups for this sort of thing? ???July 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #11238darkskyjimParticipant
[quote author=Dean Johnson link=topic=233.msg5117#msg5117 date=1341818088]
I finished the Herschel 400 tonight. It is hard to describe what I feel right now. Elation, fatigue, thankfullness that one of the last 6 objects didn't "slip the bridle" and make me pick it up in another season. I think Joy would be the best word.
It is the hardest observing program I've ever done in astronomy. I know I've been at it for at least 5 years, and I'll pin down the time and average the number of objects observed every night. I sketched every one. I know I didn't need to, but I wanted to.
After I finished the last one, I watched the Moon rise, (I tried to see if I could get Rimae Tresnecker. That would have been a finish to 2 big observing lists on one night, but no such luck.) I just sat there after checking out the Moon and simply relaxed, and listened to Vivaldi and other classical music. I finished the night with a Binocular Double Star observation of Delta Bootes.
What a way to finish ALCON. I am really, really lucky. God Bless each and every one of you. See you Tuesday.
yes, congratulations indeed! that is a heck of an accomplishment Dean!!July 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm #11239
Hello astronomy fans and thank you, Darksky Jim.
We had a great RAC meeting last night and folks were wondering about Eagle Bluff this weekend. I just talked to Sheila and she related that while they will have a group there this weekend, we can have the parking lot lights off by 9 p.m. She is also going to pass the word to Jeff Boland and hopefully he'll put on the Blue Suede Shoes and we can give Elvis another workout. 8)July 12, 2012 at 12:44 am #11240
Well, it looks so darn good out there that I'm going to the Flatin Farm and start in on my Variable Star list. I'm going to start monitoring R and T Draconis since they are circumpolar stars.
Binocular Double Stars and Globulars are going to get a workout, too. A late rising Moon might give me the finale to Lunar II.
Lots of variety! I love it. ;DJuly 12, 2012 at 1:19 am #11241Jerome TaubelParticipant
A big congratulations on the H400, Dean! Way to go! Count me an Jillissa in for Friday night at EB. Can you get the door code to the facility?July 12, 2012 at 2:00 am #11242
Thanks, Jerome. I forgot about the door code, but we have a military funeral tomorrow afternoon and that will give me plenty of time to call Eagle Bluff.
See you Friday night!July 12, 2012 at 6:09 am #11243
What a night! I was only out there for 3 hours, but I got a great observation of Saturn. Atmosphere banding, 4 moons, Cassini's Division, planet shadow on the back eastern side, it was awesome.
A binocular double star observation of Omega Scorpii, a wonderful wide angle FOV with Beta, Delta and Nu Scorpii in the same FOV.
Globular cluster M5 (NGC 5906) was next. I took the time to draw that and had forgotten that I had left the 13mm Televu Ethos in after I looked at Saturn. Wow! M5 rocks.
I finished with an initial observation of R Draconis. I wanted to get T Draconis as well, but the Variable Star observing list does not show the RA and Declination. There are simply too many variable stars. I need to bring my Burnham's Celestial handbook out there again.
The last objects I looked at were M81 and M82. I did that with my 50 mm Vixen 2" eyepiece. I think that is the eyepiece that I will do with all of the Variable Star list. Here's hoping for a great Friday night for the RAC at Eagle Bluff. So far this summer has been simply fantastic.July 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm #11244
Hello astronomy fans! Right now the Eagle Bluff CSC is looking pretty good.
I have the access code for the restroom facilities.
Jeff emailed me and he will not be attending tonight, but that we are welcome to use Elvis.
Here's hoping for a great night!July 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm #11245darkskyjimParticipant
I'm just hoping to get out to Keller tonight but my weather sites seem to show it wont be good ;-(July 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm #11246Jeff NewlandParticipant
Eagle Bluff CSC sure looks better than Rochester, not sure what to think there. If weather look good, thinking of heading to Eagle Bluff. If not that so good, may head to Gamehaven and help out Rick if he decides to go there.
Anyone wants to help at Gamehaven outreaches, check that thread:
JeffJuly 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm #11247Jerome TaubelParticipant
I will definately be at Eagle Bluff tonight.July 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm #11248
I will be heading there no later than 7:30 which should put me there at 8:15, 8:30 max.
The sky is looking real good!July 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm #11249Jeff NewlandParticipant
Well, myself, not too sure. Looks like storms will be here in Rochester in about an hour and a half. Have to see how quickly that gets through.July 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm #11250Randy HParticipant
I'm on hold too, forecast is mentioning hail now.July 14, 2012 at 12:57 am #11251
Shoot. I see what you are talking about on the KTTC weather radar map.
I'll hold off for a bit myself. I need to get ahold of a couple people.
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