Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Observing Session Summary - Saturday 1st March 2014

Butser Ancient Farm was open Saturday. No Moon, so a good evening for observing.

I used the list of targets I didn't see from last couple of months and 'Philip's Stargazing with Binocular's' to plan the session. Here I provide the list of targets and a summary of the observations.

Kembles Cascade: Finally got to see the cascade. Forms an obvious line. A bit hazy and difficult to resolve individual stars. However, a nice target and looks best when using averted vision

M  44 (Open Cluster): Nice open cluster and found it quite easily. Could resolve about 10-15 stars. Also pretty sure I could see the cluster with the naked eye.

M  66 (Galaxy): Managed to locate where this one should be but could not see it. Think it must be too faint for my 10x50 bins.

M81 & M82: Struggled to find the galaxies. Think they must be too faint for my bins. I confirmed this when I Found these 2 in the March Sky and night binoculars tour. In here it suggest that a minimum of 15x70 bins. One for the telescope (when I get one).

Here is a link to my session log:

Clear Skies!!

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