Monday, April 29, 2013


Location:  Little Lepreau Basin, Little Lepreau, New Brunswick

Date Time:  April 28, 2013 2100-2330hrs

Weather:  At sundown temp was 15 degrees Celsius, at 2330hrs temp was 2 degrees Celsius, clear, no wind, excellent viewing.  There was frost on the vehicles the next morning.

Attendance:  Myself

Equipment:  Canon Rebel DSLR with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, 20x80 binoculars, 8" Meade LX200 telescope with 32mm eyepiece, tripods for telescope and binos.

Objectives:  To capture Comet PanStarrs in an image through telescope.  Capture images of M52, M103, M76, and M34 which, along with PanStarrs are all in or around Cassiopeia which was in NNW sky at sundown.

Report:  None of the objectives were met.  Did get an image of PanStarrs (image can be seen below report)with camera and 75-300mm lens attached piggyback to the scope, but it did not turn out well because of poor focus.  Could not find the comet through the scope, although many attempts were made. 

Viewed Jupiter, which was low in the western sky at sundown, first through telescope.  All 4 of its visible moons were on the left side of the big planet, with two of them very close.  After the search for PanStarrs, images were taken of Jupiter.

It must be noted that there was trouble with the GoTo function on the telescope.  After aligning the scope on Betelgeuse, the keypad said that Jupiter was below the horizon.  Tried aligning on Polaris with the same result.  At this point, the telescope was then pointed manually, with the keypad, so that the tracking could be used.  This was the first time that Jupiter could not be found with the GoTo.  Tracking did allow for images of the stars, even long exposure shots through telescope, although there were star trails in the images.

It also must be noted that there was something walking through the woods, behind the old house.  Might have been a deer or moose...

This site was chosen because of its decent view of the western sky and its dark skies, but it has many down sides. There is usually a strong wind coming off the water, frequently cars will drive up and turn around with high beams gleaming.  Even though this is a dead end road, there is frequent car traffic.  Finding a good observing site, where there is little or no car traffic, dark skies, and a good view of the whole sky seems to be a challenge in itself.

Getting back to observing;  The tripod mounted binoculars were used in an attempt to find the objective Messier objects.  Did view a cluster of stars to the west of where I thought M103 should be.  Could not confirm it was the open star cluster M103.  None of the M objects could be confirmed.  Jupiter and four of its moons were viewed.

Two shooting stars were seen around PanStarrs at about the same height in the sky going from North to West.  A satellite, going from West to East, was observed going across the Big Dipper, which was high and upside down, about an hour after sundown.
Observing site at sundown.  April 28, 2013 2121hrs

Jupiter and four of its moons.  April 28, 2013 2305hrs

Comet PanStarrs( low near center left of image) April 28, 2013 2137hrs

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Location:  Pocologan, NB

April 27, 2013 Low Tide 0648hrs

April 27, 2013 Low Tide 0648hrs

April 27, 2013 Rising Tide 0830hrs

April 27, 2013 Rising Tide 0830hrs

April 27, 2013 High Tide 1227hrs

April 27, 2013 High Tide 1227hrs

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Moon 97.8%Full April26, 2013 2230hrs

Sun April27, 2013 0830hrs  Sunspots 1731(triangle shape), 1728 and1730

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Jupiter April 11, 2013 2119hrs
Jupiter with two of its moons behind it. April 11, 2013 2125hrs

Comet PanStarrs in Cassiopia April 17, 2013 2235hrs
Jupiter in Taurus April 17, 2013 2225hrs
Cassiopia April 17, 2013 2230hrs

Orion over Bay of Fundy April 17, 2013 2217hrs

Jupiter in Taurus April 17, 2013 2223hrs
Eagle April 15, 2013 over the Bay of Fundy


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