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 Post subject: Friday night's sky
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:18 am 
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What a welcome change to finally see some ancient light, and save some photons with my DSLR.

We had a clear sky for short time yesterday. Which lasted long enough for me to have some much need imaging time. I chose M35 last night.

Whilst my camera and lens were doing there job. I took the opportunity to use the Mk1 EB and just look up.

The Constellations of Winter, are moving on. Orion is already on the Meridian during mid-evening. And he will soon start to get lower down, as he is headed for the Western horizon. Together with his retinue of Taurus and the Pleiades.

I noticed Sirius was very bright, during my observing session. Sirius normally dances in the murk. And often displays a rainbow of color. But this evening she was very steady. This was a good indication how steady the seeing was. To Sirus's upper left was Procyon. Or Alpha Canis-Minoris.

The Moon was coming up in the East at 20:45hrs.
The Moon looked very atmospheric against the backdrop of cirus and thicker cloud.

My imaging target for the evening was Gemini's Messier 35. Gemini is now at it's highest in the South at 19:30hrs. With M35 an ideal target for a small aperture telescope or camera lens.

At this time of year. I like to play a game. And see at what time in the evening, I can see Arcturus. Once I can see Alpha Bootes. I know we are headed towards Spring.

And galaxy season.

I will be watching for her arrival...

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 Post subject: Re: Friday night's sky
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Paul, what a brilliant photo stream on your link. Great report with the mk1 eyeball too. This kind of view tends to reset the mind, whatever has happened during the day. Kind thoughts, Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Friday night's sky
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:29 am 
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Thank you, Bob,

It is very humbling to see a sky full of stars.

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