Tuesday, July 31, 2001


Somewhere at the end of the road is a dark site to view the night sky. Three of us there looked at the moon to start

Viewed Scorpio~Antares did not Supernova tonight
Sloohed to the Saturn nebula~weak
went to Mizar and other doubles
Viewed Mars
Clouds rolled in...broke at 11:30
most left for the night, two of us stayed and viewed stars til 2 AM

Monday, July 23, 2001

StarLog 010722

Must have been at the pasture since it was Sunday!
Visually observed Mars at 20:50, then saw Vega@ 20:55, Antares @ 20:55, Arcturus @ 20:57, Deneb and Altair @ 21:04
Aligned the LX90 @ 21:15 to Vega and Antares
Regulus was too low in the trees
Synced Polaris/ centered
Observed and viewed the two day Moon
Back to Polaris...dead on
Scope to Albireo-nice double, 31 Cyg-nice double, M15-cluster crisp/clear, Binoculars to Cr399, M22, NGC 6334-cats paw nebula( only saw the stars), NGC 7009 and NGC 6302 nebulas were visible. Shot over to Enif- a yellow star in Pegasis, went to C20012- dimmer than on the 13th.
Back to M15, Mu Cep,
ended with a jump to Mizar,

Saturday, July 14, 2001

Weekend Observing: SkyLog**010713

Lucky Friday 13, evening special observing at the SOLC:

Observed visually Mars @ 20:45, Vega @ 20:50, Antares @ 20:51, Arcturus @ 20:55
Aligned the LX90 @ 21:20 to Vega and Antares
Sights in the scope: great dbl Albireo, M10, M5, M15, M6, Foxhead nebula, M13, Polaris, bright M3, Delta Boo, Our nearest Galaxy M31,

Went to Comet Linear: Finally viewed C2001A2- @ 22'26''/14.1 sec. in Pegasus

Mu Cep, p capricorni-nice double, secundi Giedi/capricorn- nice double
Another double- Dabih- very nice.

Thursday, July 12, 2001


A trip to the pasture Wednesday nignt/ was fair and clear, with a slight breeze
Visually observed Mars @ 20:50, Vega @ 21:00, Arcturus and Antares @ 21:00, Spica @ 21:05
Aligned the LX90 @ 21:10 was off North a bit/shut down
realigned 21:30 to Vega and Antares
Polaris dead on, Albireo was great in the eyepc/blue and yellowEta Cyg- yellow double could not separateGienah Cygni-yellow double/could not separate, Mu Cep nice red star M22,

Ceres the rock with Binoculars
M10, M4, M6- the butterfly cluster wings stood out in the night, M20-the Triffid with a filter, C69 the bug/ did not resolvevery well
Cygnus X1- a black hole- black space between stars/was this the rim of the "Event Horizon"?
M27- the Dumbbell-weightless nebula in the night sky/with a filter, NGC 6819 Foxhead open cluster , C55- Saturn nebula, Binoculars to view Cr399 the coathanger asterism, too late for M104 behind the trees, M15

Comet C2001A2 near Xi Peg: sao 108165-saw a fuzz ball/ thought it was a fuzzy G-cluster
Gamma Del- nice double
Sigma Bootes- Izar, spilt on high mag
back to Polaris, then M31

Took a look at Mars

Great Night! Ended session~ 00:23

Saturday, July 7, 2001


Clear with a slight breeze at the SOLC. Set up the LX90 and waited for the sky to get darker.
Mars was seen @ 20:49
Vega seen @ 20:57
Antares @ 21:00 / aligned with Vega and Antares @ 21:02

Observed: Spica-SAO 157923,
Polaris-SAO 308,
Ceres was at 7.3 mag,
Zeta Sag was 2.5 mag,
viewed a satellite moving N-S @ 21:49,
Double Albeireo-orange and blue,
M22 was sharp and clear,
M5 looked smaller and clear,
looked for 7009 the saturn nebula-it was too low,
C9 the cats eye nebula was non distingashable-just a dim star,
M57 was a distinct ring,
M27 dumbell was sharp and clear,
M13 was straight up and sharp and tight,
M81 was a hazy cloud,
back to the saturn nebula 7009-Caldwell 55- found a small blue ball,
Galaxy M74 was fuzzy with a tight center,
M51 two small fuzzy dimmer centers,
Observed Mars @ 22:56,
Observed the coat hanger CR399 with Binoculars,
Observed a shooting star- a short burst through Sagitarius E-S,
Mu Cep then M10.
Moon above the trees @ 23:19
Polaris and Mizar were dead on
Closed the session with sigma Bootes-Izar-a double , higher mag split them

Sunday, July 1, 2001

StarLog* 010630

Last night we set up at an alternate site-Timber Ridge/ used the LX90
The sky had been cloudy and cloudy all day and early evening but the sky cleared.

Aligned @ 23:11 with Altair and Vega- was off a little in N alignment with Polaris

Sigma Lyra
A Triple above Deneb, 2 yellow-1 blue, used binos,
M57 not as sharp
M27 not as sharp
M17 not as crisp...too much moon
Mu Cep
M8 not as crisp...moon?
7009 saturn nebula, weak too much mon
M15 not as sharp ...Moon
M51 behind the trees-too low
M2 not as sharp
Moon-see 9 day moon sheet
Heavy cloud bank moved in...shut down @ 2:15 AM