It was after 11pm before it got anyway dark, so alignment stars were few and far between. Arcturus, obviously, Vega for calibration.
Targets: Arcturus, Mars, Mizar, Vega
Valerie joined me for a bit, though had to hunt for extra clothing to keep herself warm. And yes, I was in shorts, sandals and a teeshirt. Our targets differ, she likes lunar/planetary, whereas I, as you know, am all about the doubles and globulars.
Still, she enjoyed it, as did I. But work tomorrow…later on…so I best be off. But here, have an inverted picture of Arcturus, taken using daughter’s camera, as mine ran out of battery after a few shots of Mars. Long exposures, eh?
It really doesn’t get very dark early this time of year, does it? Roll on the solstice.
Anyhow, quite a decent night’s viewing.
Alignment: Arcturus, Mizar
Calibration stars: Vega, Deneb
Targets: Mizar, Albireo, M92, M13
Time out: 22:45 – 00:00
Bonus: ISS pass!
(On flickr too.)
I tried a bit more long-exposure. Unguided, so keeping it to around three minutes. But it turns out I wasn’t quite polar aligned, so there was a bit of star smearing. That picture above was the best of the short exposures.
The moon is lovely right now, but in the venacular from where I come from, it would cut the eyes out of ye. So I probably need to pick up a moon filter at some point 🙂
A decent night’s observing, really.