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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