Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Location:  Little Lepreau, NB, Canada-Backyard

Date Time:  March 16, 2015 1940-2300hrs

Weather:  No wind, clear with slightly hazy skies, -4C @ 1940hrs, -14C @ 2300hrs.

Attendance:  Myself.

Equipment:  Canadian Telescopes 80ED/APO on Vixen Mount, 8" Meade LX200 telescope with 19mm and 12mm eyepieces, Canon Rebel DSLR with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses.

Objective:  To view an image Comet Lovejoy which was in Cassiopeia.

Report:  Viewed Venus, Jupiter and split Mintaka with 80ED/APO.  Venus showed as a very bright gibbous disk.  Jupiter showed as a huge disk with bright storm cloud bands and the four Moons separated evenly with two on one side and two on the other.  Mintaka split nicely into its double star system, with the smaller star being a brilliant light blue.

With 8" Meade viewed Comet Lovejoy which was in Cassiopeia just to the right of Ruchbah.  It showed as a grayish fuzzball.

With Canon DSLR took long exposure images of Comet Lovejoy, Orion's Belt, and M42.  In the image of Orion's Belt a Nebula popped out above just above Alnitak.  After researching nebula in Orion, it turns out it was The Flame Nebula NGC 2024.

No shooting stars and several satellites were seen.

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