Posts from the ‘Globular clusters’ Category

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…

Planetary bonanza

It’s been nearly SEVEN WEEKS since I’ve been out stargazing, but the drought was finally broken last night with a clear sky on a Saturday night. I had hoped to get some deep sky objects as the moon was out of the way, but ended up doing mostly planets. Read more…

Gorgeous galaxies and mars maria.

Clear skies the last couple of days have given mixed fortunes. Yesterday transparency was fabulous, but seeing wobbly, whilst the couple of nights before that were the opposite. But between them, I managed to see quite  a lot. Read more…

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…

October skies

Before the weather turned bad, I managed three consecutive nights out under clear skies, and here is what I saw. Read more…

M15 Globular cluster

I am pleased to report that, weather having been utterly s**t for stargazing for days, I got a whole ten minutes of clear dark sky on Sunday.

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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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