Date Time: September 18, 2015 1930-2200hrs
Weather: Breezy, clear but hazy, lots of dew and mosquitoes 15-12C. Cool enough to be Jacket weather.
Attendance: Madison C, Jessica K, David M
Equipment: 8" Meade LX 200, telerad finder, piggyback camera attachment, Ioptron cellphone camera adapter, 2" 32mm eyepiece, 1.25" 25mm eyepiece with green light Moon filter, Canon Rebel Xsi and Samsung Nexus 4 cellphone camera.
Objective: To view and image Saturn Moon Conjunction.
- All three of us viewed the Moon with telescope and 25mm eyepiece with Moon filter.
- I viewed Saturn with 32mm eyepiece. Two Moons were seen and nice detail in Saturn itself. Imaged with cellphone camera attached to telescope.
- Viewed M28 through 32mm eyepiece, kind of faint due to dew on mirror and hazy conditions. According to Burnham's Celestial Handbook, "Globular star cluster, easily found in the low-power field of Lambda Sagittarii, about 0.8 degrees to the NW. It was first noted by Messier in July 1764, and described briefly as a 'nebula containing no star....round, seen with difficulty in 3.5 ft. telescope; Diam 2 arc minuites'"
- M45 starting to rise after 2200hrs in the East.
- No Shooting stars or satellites were seen, many airplanes.
- At 0500hrs pea soup fog washed out an early morning observing attempt.
|Saturn with Cellphone camera.|
|Moon through cellphone camera.|
|Zoomed in Moon through cellphone camera.|