Month: August 2005

Stellarium

Stellarium
Is another can’t live without.
What it does is
Stellarium renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real-time. With stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope.

Some features:

– Over 120000 stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue with name and infos for the
brightest ones,
– Planets in real time, with a powerful zoom mode to see them like in a
telescope,
– Drawing of the 88 constellations with their names,
– Drawing of more than 40 messiers objects (Orion, M31 etc..),
– Photorealistic Milky Way,
– Ground, fog, and landscape,
– Clickable stars, planets and nebulas with informations,
– Windowed and fullscreen modes.

Aug Messier Objects

I still have some Messier Objects that I need to get before they are gone for this year.
In Sagittarius
M20 M21 M23 M55 M25 M24 M18 M54 M28 M75 M69 M70

In Scorpius
M4 M6 M7 M80

In Ophiuchus
M62 M107 M9 M19 M14 M107 M62 M10 M9 M12

It looks like it might be a good night for going out to my dark site.

Log Aug 23

I had a very good night last night I was suprised at all of the targets I found!

MY LOGBOOK INFORMATION:
OBJECT ID: NGC 224 M31 -Andromeda Galaxy
Date/Time Observed : 8/23/2005 11:20:39 PM 11:00:00 PM
LOCATION : Back Yard Urban : Yes
Weather : Cloud Cover (%)5
SKY CONDITIONS -Transparency : Very Clear Seeing : Mostly Stable
Equipment : Celestron 10″ Dobson
Power: 97-195
Star Hopping
Notes: Could see it with the binos.
Looks very nice under low power

OBJECT ID: NGC 6618 M17 -Omega nebula
Date/Time Observed : 8/23/2005 11:18:13 PM 11:00:00 PM
LOCATION : Back Yard Urban : Yes
Weather : Cloud Cover (%)5
SKY CONDITIONS -Transparency : Very Clear Seeing : Mostly Stable
Equipment : Celestron 10″ Dobson
Power: 97-195
Star Hopping
Notes:

OBJECT ID: NGC 6656 M22
Date/Time Observed : 8/23/2005 11:13:58 PM 11:00:00 PM
LOCATION : Back Yard Urban : Yes
Weather : Cloud Cover (%)5
SKY CONDITIONS -Transparency : Very Clear Seeing : Mostly Stable
Equipment : Celestron 10″ Dobson
Power: 97-195
Star Hopping
Notes: Very nice cluster.
I found it with the binos and then hopped to it

OBJECT ID: NGC 6266 M62
Date/Time Observed : 8/23/2005 10:01:15 PM 11:00:00 PM
LOCATION : Back Yard Urban : Yes
Weather : Cloud Cover (%) 5
SKY CONDITIONS -Transparency : Clear Seeing : Mostly Stable
Equipment : Celestron 10″ Dobson
Power: 97-195
Star Hopping
Notes: I first found it with the binos.
It is a very nice cluster

DeepSky Upgrade

I just upgraded to the DeepSky DVD version.
Was it worth it?
Oh yes it was worth every cent. 🙂
You know sometimes when you are at the EP you really don’t know what you are looking for.
You know where to look but not what to look for.
The DeepSky DVD version is the answer, it has over 400,000 images.

Out in the field I have spent hours looking for an object like NGC6144
( its a small cluster in Scorpius BTW I have not found NGC6144 to date 🙁 but at least now I know what to look for)
While I could spend hours searching on line for pictures of the nights object list I don’t have to DeepSky has it all right there at my finger tip.
If you are looking for a star charting program take a look at Deepsky Astronomy Software

Eyepiece Case

EP Case001
EP Case002
EP Case003
I found this sweet eyepiece case down at Lowes.
It was right around $25.00
Check your local Lowes HERE
It can hold all of the EP that I have right now not that I have that many.
It has that “pluck” foam inserts that lets you make your own cut outs.
I just have not figured out the lay out yet, I will have to get it out in the field a couple of times.
The back foam pulls out to allow access to a tool section
So far I have not found a use for it but behind it I can keep my
LOG BOOK.
I think that this is going to work out very good for me!

Scotland View

I just found this guys site backyard
He is from Scotland and have a pretty cool site lots of good astro pictures.
From his site
“I have been interested in Astronomy all my life and decided to take it up seriously at the start of 2004. My main interests are imaging the nights sky and I currently own a Skywatcher Startravel 120mm Refractor. This site has been put together for an online archive of all my digital Astrophotography images and observation reports. It shall be updated regularly with new images and reports.

Chris”