Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Location:  Side-yard of house at Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  May 27, 2015 0330-0430 hrs AST.

Weather:  No wind, mostly clear, some fog and thin high level clouds, lots of moisture, 5C.

Equipment:  Meade 8" LX 200, Canon Xsi DSLR and Eds' 15x70 binoculars.

Attendance:  Ed O, and Myself.

Objective:  To view and image Comet Lovejoy, which was near Polaris.

Report:  Ed found Lovejoy right away with his binos.  It was right next to Polaris, about 2 degrees away. Lovejoy was in the 2 o'clock position, within the field of view of Polaris.  Ed also found M13, which was high, almost straight overhead, slightly to West.  He thought that Lovejoy and M13 were about the same size with Lovejoy being dimmer by at least two magnitudes.

Scope was aligned on Polaris and when viewed through big scope with 32 mm eyepiece a second star appeared.  Polaris is a triple star system and we managed to image at least two of the three stars.  The star Polaris Ab is too faint and too close to Polaris to split with a backyard telescope.  Hubble found it and, I think is the only scope that can see it.

Found Lovejoy with big scope.  Found it to be a rather big, faint grayish fuzzball, that was about half the size of M31 and much dimmer.  Imaged Lovejoy with DSLR attached to big scope at prime focus.

First light started at 0400 hrs and began to wash out the Comet.  By 0430hrs there was lots of daylight.

Many satellites were seen, including one iridium flare that went through the handle of the Big Dipper.  One shooting star was seen going between Polaris and the Big Dipper.  It was kind of faint and moved very fast.

Comet Lovejoy processed.

Comet Lovejoy unprocessed.

Polaris A and Polaris B

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Observing Report for May 13, 2015

Location:  Little Lepreau and McPherson Beach NB, Canada

Date Time:  May 13, 2015 2100hrs-2230hrs @ McPherson Beach to see western Horizon.  2230-0400hrs @ side-yard in Little Lepreau.

Weather:  Clear, no wind, 7C @ 2100hrs.  Clear, slight breeze, lots of frost and dew -3C @ 0400hrs.

Attendance:  Ed O and Myself.

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses.  Meade 8" LX 200 telescope with 19mm eyepiece.  Nexus 4 cellphone camera with Ioptron cellphone adapter.  Ed's 15x70 binos.

Objective:  To view and image some galaxies in Virgo.

Highlights:  Jupiter-Venus and Mercury form a straight line in the West at Sundown.

Viewed M13 in binos.

Viewed and imaged Comet Lovejoy next to Polaris.

With big scope, we viewed some galaxies around five degrees to the left of Denebola, in Virgo.  Scanned around this area with 19mm eyepiece and seen many roundish to oval shaped smudges that were obviously galaxies. Could not see much detail in the smudges and it was hard to determine which Messier object was which.

Viewed and imaged Saturn in the SE with binos and telescope.  Two of its Moons could be seen.  Imaged Saturn with DSLR and with cellphone phone connected to the telescope.

Ed spotted the Summer Triangle, rising in the east at around 0200hrs.

Many shooting stars and satellites were seen.

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy



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