|Location||Santa Barbara, California|
Beginner astronomer, constant neck-ache, Admin of Astrochallenge.com
I got an email from Rick saying he would be at the observatory tonight for an occultation, so I thought I'd head over with the scope for a chance to do some astrophotography and observing.
I set up the scope in the front "yard" of the dome and took a quick look at m13. Impressive as always, this was my first observation this year.
Huge globular cluster with hundreds of resolvable stars, there are even asterisms within the cluster itself that are visible.
After locating M19, M62 was easy to find. A large brilliant cluster, this would be about the end of my observing for the night.
After leaving M62 I took a few minutes to scan through the galactic center in Saggitarius for the first time this year. I look forward to hunting more objects in this area.
A great night and a great session. I observed more than I thought I'd be able to, stayed warm and had great company. I could have stayed longer if only I had more sleep. Next time, I'll remember not to stay up too late with friends the weekend of a favorable moon and weather.
As I scanned North -> South looking for the globular pair M19 and M62, the lack of sleep that I had put upon myself the night before began to catch up to me. At last I landed on M19, a very nice globular located just north of M62 and Scorpius below that.
Nice globular with plenty of resolvable stars.
I have confirmed that the additional globular cluster located near M9 is NGC6356. Seeing this globular so close to M9 was confusing and at one point had me thinking that maybe I was looking at M19 and M62 instead, but I knew I was looking in the wrong place.
Glad I got this cleared up.
|Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian||53|
|Orion Scenix 10x50 Binoculars||2|
|Mead LX200 (Cabrillo Observatory)||4|
|LCOGT 1Meter Scope - Sinistro||8|