Productive impromptu observing

May 8

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5/8/2012 9:39 PM  RssIcon

I didn't plan on going out tonight - I do have to work tomorrow.  But it was clear, and it hasn't been that way for a while, so my wife encouraged me to take advantage of the opportunity.

So I did.

A quick rundown of the objects I viewed: Venus (nice crescent - and huge!), Saturn (had that "etched on" look again), M68 (WAY faint), M104 (small but bright - for a galaxy), M92, M13, M57, and a few binocular doubles as I had the 7x50's out with me.  

Glad I spent the time out - I haven't tended to use my backyard for observing, as there used to be light coming from my neighbor's "always on" post lamp.  But since he bought a trailer to use for work, it blocks it now.  Voila!  Darker backyard.  Of course, I still have a lot of tall trees back there, but I get to see parts of the sky I can't see from my front yard.  So it was a good session.

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This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.