Posts from the ‘Open clusters’ Category

Joy of Spring

I’ve been suffering a bit from workload these past 1.5 years. One of the consequences is not being able to get out with the telescope as much as I used to. However, last Wednesday, a clear dark sky coincided with, well me just saying “sod it” and going stargazing. I am glad I did.

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Io shadow transit and some fuzzies.

On 2nd February I actually got out with the telescope. Although the sky didn’t stay clear for long, I did manage to visit a couple of familiar friends, and also captured a shadow transit on Jupiter, which is always exciting.

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Kies Pi, the Pleiades and Jupiter

This autumn has not allowed me much time at the telescope. However, I did manage a couple of brief hours in December. 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…

Mars, secret deep galaxies and clusters

After the weather forecast promised clear skies on Friday, it was cloudy. On Saturday the forecast was for cloud: but it was clear. So out I went. Read more…

February planetaries, clusters and galaxies. NGC 2371, NGC 2438, NGC 3166

Yesterday, on a clear, dark but cold and wobbly night, I tried to track down some faint fuzzies. 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…