Wednesday, June 27, 2001


A trip last night to the pasture and set up for a June night sky review.
Aligned the LX90 @ 21:20 the two stars Antares and Spica...there were clouds and Polaris was off, plus trouble finding other targets.

Shut down and Aligned again @ 22:25 with Vega and Antares
Polaris was dead on:
Slewed to Albireo the two colored double
went to Cr399, the coathanger; then to clusers M13,M92
found Mars with some visible landscape
slewed to M10, M3 then floated over to Altair(Sao125122)
Eta M in Draco was a yellow star
Clusters M5 and then M6 the butterfly

Shut down @ 00:12 after midnight

Monday, June 25, 2001

A Four Day Moon

Moon is WSW at 50 degrees
Arcturus @ 20:57
Vega @ 21:00 behind whisps of clouds
Antares@ 21:02
Spica @ 21:06

Aligned @ 21:15 Vega and Antares

the 4 day moon
Mars with features shown
Kocab-Beta Umi- a bright yellow star
Pherkad,Sao 8220, white star, Gamma Umi
Del Umi, Sao 2937, a pale yellow star
Vega, SL16
M13- tighter cluster, even shows in moonlight
Explored Draco: Etamin-Sao 35563-Gamma Draco, a bright yellow star
Theta Draco,- dim white star
Edasich-Sao 29520, Iota Drac is a yellow star
Looked at the Rock, Plato, a dim spec @ 22:50- RA 16:53-4 -11.48
Neptune was along the treeline @ 22:55
Slewed to M10-was dimmed by the moon
M22, dimmed by the moon
Terminator of the moon @ 23:05
Etamin in Draco again
Neptune again @ 23:33
Altair, Sao 125122
Back to Mars @ 23:50

Tuesday, June 19, 2001


Set up last night in the field at the pasture
Naked eye in the sky: Observed Mars at 20:55 and Vega at 20:57
Arcturus at 21:02, Spica at 21:04

Aligned LX90 at 21:05-Vega and Antares
Mars was a bit off in eyepc. adjusted
Polaris off and slipping out of view
M13 off center but held, cluster was at Zenith and hard to view on the Knees
Mu Cephi
M8 with filter, off center
M57, M20, Albireo
ISS fly by...
Delta Cephi, alpha Her, eta Aquiae, mu Cephei, chi Cygni, Nu Draconis-dble white,
Epsilon Lyrae-dbl/dbl, Epsilon Bootis-dbl(red giant/blue green),
Gamma Delphini-dbl(yellow/white), Gamma Virginis-dble (yellow and white),
Beta Lyrae-eclipsing binary
sigma Lyra dbl/dbl split in High mag.
gamma Vir-dbl
M10, M11, Cr399 in binoculars, M94-viewed with and w/o filter, Mizar-dbl, Polaris
Mars again
M17 with filter, M20 with filter, M27 with filter
Time: 00:25 viewed M8 and then M57

shut down and went home.

Friday, June 15, 2001

Summer rains...

Last week's event was cancelled with rain showers in the area.
Two of us set up at the alternate site. We had 2 others drop by


This night was hazy and humid/The moon is 4 days old
sloohed to: M13-a cluster I never get tired of looking at, Larry had M44 in his wide eyepc
Antares- that red star that is supposed to SuperNova ??
Mizar, Mel 111, Other scope had Ghost of Jupiter in his eyepc.
Mars just coming up- Cloud bank moved in/ shut down @ 10:30pm

Note: since the last event I trained the drive in the Lx90 and things are going better.