Observing Report - July 23, 201624 Jul 2016
Tonight I went out to Boundary Bay with the Dob; it has been a long time since my last observing run. Here's what I saw:
Mars, with some detail -- probably Mare Acidalium & Siunus Meridiani. Held up well in the 6mm Radian, considering how low it was.
Saturn, with the Cassini Division easily visible. Also: Titan, Tethys, Dione and Rhea; couldn't pick out Enceladus.
M9, glob in Ophiucus, which seemed to be a bit lopsided. Hint of resolution.
M62, which has no hint of resolution at all. Quite low. Maybe a bit lopsided as well?
M24, which was nice in the 15x80 binos.
Beta Cephei and Delta Cephei, two very nice doubles. And of course, Delta Cephei is the prototype for Cepheid variables.
Gamma Cephei; unremarkaable to look at but it's 45 light years away (almost my age!) and has an exoplanet.
I looked for Pluto but couldn't get it; 12th mag was hard to see, let alone 14th, and the moon was just starting to shine in my face.
Showed a couple of folks sights through the telescope & answered their questions; saw an owl hunting.
Okay night. I was not feeling the enthusiasm tonight, though.