Posts from the ‘Double and multiple stars’ Category

Comet PanStarrs, The Sombrero Galaxy, and Porrima.

I have waited and waited and waited to turn my eyes onto PanStarrs, the comet that has delighted those from lower northern latitudes over the last month or so. For us northerners it’s taken longer to get into view, and for me especially because I have streetlights and roofs to the north. However, it’s now high enough to spot in the evening when there’s no moon, although too dim for the naked eye.  Read more…

Autumn skies, new season: black holes, globular clusters, and open clusters

I’ve had two wonderful evenings out under the autumn sky this past week. It’s so great to be back outside at night. I really think that the sky is a great outdoor cathedral. I sketched the Cygnus X-1 star, two Messier globular clusters, and two Caldwell open clusters. Read more…

M34 and Double stars in Pisces

Another dark night had me relaxing with the easier prospect of viewing some double stars: much less stress than faint fuzzies.

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The Pacman Nebula (NGC 281), the Fiddlehead Galaxy (NGC 772), and the Misty Clover Cluster (Trumpler 37)

Yesterday on a very cold but clear night, I hunted down three deep sky objects on the Hidden Treasures List.

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Denebola and HT68 (NGC4699)

On 8th May I was out with the scope hoping for some deep sky rewards, but life was against me once again.

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More spring doubles, M61, M49 and M5

On 24th beautifully clear dark skies had me outside once more looking at spring doubles as the sky darkened, and then a couple of Messier galaxies and best best globular cluster of them all.

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Porrima (Gamma Virginis), Saturn and Hyperion

I’ve a lot of astronomical observations from the last week or so to catch up with. On 22nd April I was out in quite poor conditions and so looked at Saturn and a double star before the cloud rolled in. Read more…