I packed up my 8 inch Dobsonian telescope, and went out to the Stargate Observatory at Wollcot Mill Metropark last night and met up with Jonathan Kade, and Diane Hall of the Warren Astronomical Society to look for Aurora. We were observing for about 2 hours when another WAS member and a friend showed up.
The clouds were intermittent, but cleared about 11:00 PM. Unfortunately we didn’t see any obvious Aurora, but we did get a chance to see several objects including:
Jupiter: One moon was very close to the limb and vanished behind Jupiter after about 1/2 hour there. I FINALLY got to see the shadow of a moon on the surface of Jupiter – very cool!
Double Cluster: Always a treat.
Double Double (Epsilon Lyrae): My scope was apparently HORRIBLY out of collumination; I was able to make out the double, but not the close pairs. Jonathan helped me with a colluminating eyepiece, and afterwards I was JUST able to make out the 4 stars.
Open Clusters: We saw a couple open clusters near the constellation Auriga – I can’t recall which…
Moon: Waxing gibbous with an nice terminator.
Meteors:: I saw one – bright, slightly tumbling. Starting a little west of the zenith, heading directly west, lasting a good 2-3 seconds.
Orion Nebula: We wrapped the evening with the Orion Nebula – that was just coming up over the tree line about 11:30 PM.
Jonathan cracked out some of the INCREDIBLY NICE TeleView lenses that the club has, and we used them on my scope – WOW, what a difference! Time for Bob to get a couple NICE lenses!
9:15 PM – 11:40 PM, 60% clear skies at 9:15 PM, 95% clear by 11:30 PM, cold, slight wind.