Category: General

There is a Lunar Eclipses coming our way in a couple of days, the night of 14-15 April.
Most of the US will be able to see it!

Friends Site

Here’s a link to a very dear friend of mine.
While this is not related to astronomy she does have some very fine jewelry and it is coming up to Christmas time.
Maybe it’s time to reward that the wife for all the cool Astro here you gotten over last year.
Anyway take a look at it.
Gold & Silver Jewelry

Writing a Better Observing Report


I am a huge fan of keeping track of what I have observed.
I try and keep a log of some sort of what I have seen.
But I am at the point I NEED to make better reports.
and other such is just not good enough anymore.
Below are some of the items that I have come up with in writing a better report.


I usually use a scale of:
But, I am learning to figure out the magnitude but comparing to nearby objects

  • Very Dim,
  • Dim,
  • Slightly bright,
  • Moderately bright,
  • Bright,
  • Very bright

This is just something that I use. You can come up with something of your own.

Open Star Clusters

  • What is the size of the cluster?
  • Can you estimate the number of stars?
  • Are the stars of equal brightness?
  • Or are most of them dim with a sprinkle of brighter stars etc.
  • Is there a pattern?
  • Are there any doubles or triples?
  • Is it loosely scattered or densely packed?
  • Are there any colorful stars?

Globular Clusters

  • Size?
  • Bight or dim?
  • Symmetrical (round) other features?
  • How close to the core can stars be resolved?
  • Dense core?
  • Dust or dark lanes?
  • Gradual brightening to core or a distinct core with halo of faint stars?

Planetary Nebula

  • Size?
  • Shape?
  • Color?
  • Features? (ringed, bi-polar, central star)


  • Size
  • Shape, N-S-E-W orientation if elongated?
  • The three main features of a galaxy are generally referred to as
  • nucleus, a core and a disk
  • Magnitude, is it bright or dim?
  • The three main features of a galaxy are generally referred to as nucleus, a core and a disk, How do they relate to each other?

Objects in Sagittarius

Sagittarius will soon be making his appearance.
So I have put together my target list for the year.
I just hope the weather will be kind.

M 8 Bright Nebula – Lagoon Nebula is one of the finest and brightest star-forming regions in the sky
M 17 Bright Nebula – Omega, Swan, Horseshoe, or Lobster Nebula
M 18 Open Cluster – 20 members?
M 20 Bright Nebula – Trifid Nebula, Starforming Nebula
M 21 Open Cluster
M 22 Globular Cluster – one of the brightest and remarkable clusters in the sky
M 23 Open Cluster – 129 probable cluster members
M 24 Star Cloud
M 25 Open Cluster – one of the more remarkable open clusters in constellation Sagittarius
M 28 Globular Cluster
M 54 Globular Cluster
M 55 Globular Cluster
M 69 Globular Cluster
M 70 Globular Cluster
M 75 Globular Cluster – one of the apparently fainter globular clusters in Messier’s catalog
NGC 6440 Globular Cluster
NGC 6507 Open Cluster
NGC 6520 Open Cluster
NGC 6528 Globular Cluster
NGC 6544 Globular Cluster
NGC 6553 Globular Cluster
NGC 6568 Open Cluster
NGC 6595 Emission Nebula
NGC 6624 Globular Cluster
NGC 6645 Open Cluster
NGC 6716 Open Cluster – faint, small, diffuse patch of light
NGC 6723 Globular Cluster – a small, moderately bright globular cluster
NGC 6818 Planetary – Nebula Little Gem
NGC 6822 Galaxy (Barnard’s Galaxy)

SAGITTARIUS, The Archer, represents a centaur – half-man, half-horse, descended from Ixion, the man who dared to lust after Hera, wife of Zeus. Realizing Ixion’s intentions, Zeus sent a cloud, disguised as Hera, to trick him. The offspring of this union was Kentauros, who was shunned by gods and mankind alike. He moved to Thessaly and bred with the mares there, and so centaurs were born. Some, like Chiron, the wise and kindly centaur who befriended Hercules and who is represented by CENTAURUS, were considerate and friendly to men, but many were aggressive. SAGITTARIUS is one of the latter, a fierce hunter with his bow and arrow always aimed at Scorpius.

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been?
For the last 3 month we have had nothing but CLOUDS and snow!
Its enough to drive me NUTS!
And with all of the snow we have had its hard to believe that WINTER is still a couple of days away.

And to make matters worse I was working on this site and I dropped the Data Base
And of course I did not have a back up.
I had to use a Google Cached copy to get all of the info back.
What a pain that was….