Saturday, January 21, 2006

Road Trip to the H.A.S. Observatory

Saturday, January 21, 2006 1:50 pm
It was cloudy and cold, but our one hour and thrity five minute trip to the site near Columbus was uneventful. Larry piloted the two of us and we met Linda and her daughter at the site. Thanks to Warren and the H.A.S Picnic staff for inviting us and giving us a warm welcome to the event, we all had a great time. The chili was warm going down on a cold day. The Observatory is roomy with three large scopes. They will teach you to use them and the site is well kept. They have conctrete pads in the field below the Observatory for individual scope set up. The entire Group wished for a chance to view the stars that night but the clouds won another round. The Picnic broke up early due to the weather, we left for home before 5pm. After seeing and touring the H.A.S. site, we invisioned an Observatory on some obscure out of the way[of light pollution]Hill Country Site to call our own.

Friday, January 20, 2006

A Change in Observing

My Observing schedule and event participation took a big hit in January 2006.
I was DXd with a Neurological Disorder, with problems in my long weak legs and clumsy feet. This has really slowed me down a bunch. Wearing Braces[AFOs] hinder my movements and in doing a lot of things. I have had to back out of setting up scopes and participating in nightly group events. No more packing up and heading to a site... no more events.

My plan is to observe and explore when I can and continue to record what I see from my backyard.

The Journey continues...

Tuesday, January 3, 2006


New year brought a clear night/set up in the backyard
Aligned the Lx90 @ 7:50pm with Capella and Rigel
Scanned Orion/Betelgeuse
sloohed to M31, M37, M36, M38, found M1/faint in an urban sky
gamma and/dbl, back to M35, swung to NGC 457/ dragon fly, The double cluster was sharp tonight, M44, used binoculars to view the hyades/caldwell 41, swung to M42, viewed Mintaka then swung to Nait al saif/dbl star, viewed Saturn @ 9:48
shut down at 1am

went back out at 5am to catch the Quantrid meteor shower: count of 6 in and out of the big dipper/bright blue, 3 long and 3 short