-Got scope out many times throughout the summer, though never logged any sightings/data. 1st cool night. Clear calm skies. (bright surrounding lights) :(
(12.5mm eyepiece, then 6mm for some doubles, then 9mm)
-M22 in Sagittarius. (1st globular clusters I’ve ever seen. Pretty cool!) 10,500 light years away…
-M4 in Scorpius. Not nearly as bright as M22 but nice. to the SW of Antares.
-M5 Nice bright compact ‘snowball.’ 24,500ly. South of Sepens Caput.
-M13 ‘Great Hercules Cluster.’ Nice bright, distinct stars. -I like this one.
-HOLY SHIT! HUGE Meteor!! Lasted about 1.2 – 2 seconds. Travelled south from * in Cygnus to Altair. Great! Nice long tail too…
-M15 in Pegasus. Small cluster. 11:45pm
-On to double stars-
1) The ‘Double-Double.’ (Epsilon Lyrae) Cool, but hard to make out… VERY close seperation.
2) Gamma Delphini. This is the ‘nose’ of the dolphin constellation: Delphinus. The slightly bigger one in barely tinted green, and the other is blue-ish.
3) Albireo (Beta Cygni). Bright reddish star and diamond smaller blue star. Pretty.
-Saw the Ring Nebula in Lyra. A lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. Really cool.
-A few high, thin clouds started to move in. So I finished the night with a real nice view of Jupiter. Really distinct cloud bands. Still can’t see the Red Spot. Jupiter is high in the south, very bright. -Perfect viewing conditions for Jupiter. –