Archive for January, 2012

Io shadow transit, planetary nebulae and clusters

On 15th Jan I had the family out watching Io’s shadow (and Io, but that was too hard to spot) transit across Jupiter’s face. This happened to coincide with a Great Red Spot transit too, though I was the only one to spot that as it quickly went out of view. Read more…

Advertisements

Planets, nebulae and clusters.

I’ve got a couple of nights’ stargazing to catch up on. On 12th Jan I was out in imperfect conditions (slight fog and a bright rising moon) looking at secret deep objects. Read more…

Flamsteed P

Flamsteed P is a crater rim in the Southern Oceanus Procellarum. It is what remains visible of one of numerous former craters that were flooded in the last of the great Mare extrusions about 2 billion years ago. Read more…

Open clusters of the Hidden Treasures list: NGC 1528, 1545 and Collinder 69 (Orion’s Head)

The clear skies that often follow the passage of a rain front frequently generate excellent observing conditions. However, yesterday the moon was half full, meaning that I was restricted to fairly bright objects. I took in three gorgeous open clusters.

Read more…