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Well that was fun. I had forgotten just how *dark* skies can get! Thankfully the moon didn’t rise until late in the evening, which left plenty of visual opportunities before bed.
Some of the objects I saw:
- Saturn and Titan with my 30×100 binos – it was easy to make out the rings (though not separate rings), and Titan was there in all its miniscule glory
- It was dark enough to see the Coal Stack
- I reckon I actually saw Eta Carinae without the need of the binos, and of course seeing it through the binos was great fun
- A satellite. I shall need to check stellarium to try to figure out which one it was
- some meteors
So I’m going camping up at Poona for this easter long weekend. Should be fun; fishing, relaxing, reading, relaxing, playing board games, swimming… oh and relaxing.
The skies shouldn’t be too bad except for the moon still being between about 83% and 64% luminous over the 3 nights we’re there.
My star gazing goals for the trip are:
A great night to be viewing the heavens: the temperature has dropped off, not a cloud in the sky, not too much of a breeze. Visual magnitude is about a 6, and earth hour was on lol.
Tonight I saw with my 1200mm 8″ dob (with 25 and 10mm eyepieces):
- Saturn and four of its moons! Titan, Tethys, Dione and Rhea. :O
- Eta Carinae
- Tarantula nebula
- the Alpha Centauri double star
- tracked a satellite for a bit across the sky with my 25mm ep from southwest to south! Thankfully I have Stellarium and there just happened to be a sat passing over the right spot at the right time – Radio-Sputnik 15!