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Latest Observations
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Beehive Cluster (Praesepe)

Orion Scenix 10x50 Binoculars
100 points

Praesepe a large scattering of diamond like stars in the middle of a pretty unimpressive Zodiac constellation: Cancer. On this particular night it was located about 2deg away from Jupiter, which made it very easy to locate even with a 35% moon and terrible seeing.

With my Q70 wide FOV eyepeice, it still doesn't fit into the FOV of my scope. This is an object that is better viewed in binoculars! One of my favorite objects in the sky, and not because I was born in July.

Sun

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
100 points

The scope doesn't get a whole lot of vitamin D, so I took it out for a quick solar observation today.

There were 4 sunspot groups visible and many smaller evenly distributed freckles marking the surface. The heat of the direct sunlight made the entire image shimmer, which only added to the effect. A small amount of granulation was visible near the edges of the sun.

Saturn

Jason 304 T 60 mm f/10
100 points

26 March 2015 5:00 AM After retiring to Bed around Midnight, I awoke before the Period of Second Sleep, and went out, this time in Garden adjacent to my Domicile, and Observed Saturn with the Telescop of Jason. Where Sr. Galileo had noted “Ears” on the Sides of that Planet, I observed them to be more Pointed, as triangles affixed to the sides of a Circle. I have Indicated their Appearance in my Drawings.

THE MILKY WAY

Although Not Included in the Original List of the Galileic Observations, t...

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See notes for Jupiter.

With the Aid of an Ephemeris, I was able to Determine that the Medician Star to the West was Ganymede. Being Brighter than the others, that may have been why it was the Only one Visible in the Pollution of Light that was Present.

The Subordinate Stars on the East Side of the Planet from Jupiter outward were Io, Europa and Callisto.

Ganymede

Jason 304 T 60 mm f/10
50 points

See notes for Jupiter.

With the Aid of an Ephemeris, I was able to Determine that the Medician Star to the West was Ganymede. Being Brighter than the others, that may have been why it was the Only one Visible in the Pollution of Light that was Present.

See notes for Jupiter.

With the Aid of an Ephemeris, I was able to Determine that the Medician Star to the West was Ganymede. Being Brighter than the others, that may have been why it was the Only one Visible in the Pollution of Light that was Present.

The Subordinate Stars on the East Side of the Planet from Jupiter outward were Io, Europa and Callisto.

See notes for Jupiter.

With the Aid of an Ephemeris, I was able to Determine that the Medician Star to the West was Ganymede. Being Brighter than the others, that may have been why it was the Only one Visible in the Pollution of Light that was Present.

The Subordinate Stars on the East Side of the Planet from Jupiter outward were Io, Europa and Callisto.

The Planet was directly at the Meridian, and High in the Sky, necessitating a Most Awkard Posture when viewing, exacerbating all the Infirmities of Olde Age which Divine Providence has granted me. I was able, however to Identify one of the Subordinate Stars described by Sr. Galileo, directly to the West of the planet, which was Clearly Visible as a Round Disc, distinct from the Fixed Stars. Whether due to the Inconvenient Positioning, or the Lightening of the Sky due to the Profusion of Elect...

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Moon

Jason 304 T 60 mm f/10
100 points

21:00 Turning the Telescop on the Crescent Moon produced a most Astonishing Apparition. The Moon filled the entire Field of View almost exactly. The Dark Aspect of the Moon was clearly visible, and the Markings thereon were clearly the Same as seen when the Moon is Full. Turning my Attention to the Bright Aspect of the Moon I was struck – Almighty God Preserve Us All !! – by the Incredible Variety of Structures visible on the Surface of the Moon! Round Saucer-like Depressions ringed by Elevat...

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Venus

Jason 304 T 60 mm f/10
100 points

GALILEO PROVOCARE, or An Attempt to Replicate the Findings of the Heretical Natural Philosopher on the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth of March in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fifteen

This was my first object of observation of the evening, chosen as it was low in the West, and would soon disappear behind the trees surrounding the observing site. It appeared to be of a somewhat yellowish hue, and possessed a somewhat flattened aspect on the side to the east, away from the setted sun. T...

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Latest Comet

P/2021 U1 (Wierzchos)

Magnitude:
19.34, Peak: 19.64
Constellation
Perseus
Closest Approach
Nov. 16, 2046

Brightest Comets

A/2018 V3 ( K1939 359.9): -315.88
A/2018 V3 ( K18C7 359.8): -315.88
A/2018 V3 ( K193B 359.9): -315.88
A/2018 V3 ( K1919 359.8): -315.88
A/2018 V3 ( K1928 359.9): -315.88

Brightest Supernova

2016gxp

Last Observed Magnitude:
16.5 (Oct. 10, 2016 )
Galaxy:
NGC51
Type:
Ia
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