- 38 double or multiple star systems
- 20 globular clusters
- 17 open clusters
- 5 galaxies - not good seeing for these
- 5 planetary nebula - only big and bright ones tonight
- 7 diffuse nebula - again sky conditions
- 6 red variables
- 3 carbon stars
- 3 planets of our solar system
- 9 moons of these planets including another sighting of Neptune's Triton!
- Mars and Venus preceding Luna in the predawn sky.
Friday, June 19, 2009
6-18,19-09 Pajama Pants Totally Random Hit and Run Backyard Astronomy
After 3 weeks of unusual stormy, cool, El Nino inspired weather the skies cleared yesterday and left the Sidewalk Guy with a dilemma - go and do a public program or grab some photons for himself? The personal photon foray won out. I was inspired several weeks back by Nitesky Girl's pj pants and sweat shirt observing outfit. My ensemble is comprised of my favorite old Tilly Hat along with a Yerkes Observatory T-shirt, a pair of red/black flannel pj pants and flipflops not seen. Normally when I go pull out the old photon collectors I have an observing program in mind and take my time with my quarry of choice - this could include time on my son's lap top doing research on the objects or reading in a book. I will usually plan out what I want to study - be it double stars, galaxies, globbies, dark nebula etc. Or maybe I will study one constellation and dissect it end to end. Not tonight; in the words of my son "be totally random" and I was. This was hit and run astronomy with the scope pointing in all directions at different things with no continuity at all. My only guide was a well used Orion DeepSky 600 Astronomy Road Map. What did I see in 3 hours time? Here's the tally: