Thursday, September 22, 2016


Location:  Front Yard, Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  Sept 21, 2016 2110-2130 hrs

Weather:  Mostly clear with only a couple small hazy patches around the horizon and to the East, no wind, cooled off considerably from 25 C through the day to 13 C during observing time.  Could see six stars in Pegasus which means a limiting factor of 6...very good seeing conditions.  Very few bugs.

Attendance:  David McCashion

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 mm and 75-300 mm lenses, tripod.  Arcsoft Mediaimpressions image software.

Objective:  To view and image the location of Mars as it moves to the East relative to Saturn and the Constellation of Scorpius.


  • Very good seeing conditions allowed for a spectacular view of the Milkyway as it rose from the SW high overhead through Cygnus.  It's bright 'clouds' of gas showing much form, especially above and to the west of Sagittarius.
  • Just after dark the Mars Saturn Antares triangle has spread apart and now is getting lower in the south, as we move from summer into fall.
  • The Summer triangle has also moved farther west in the sky, making it easier to photograph.  When it is straight up, it's hard to get the camera to point in that direction due to tripod design.
  • While imaging the south western sky, watched the eastern sky and seen a short bright shooting star coming straight down in a very bright flash.  Also noticed and Iridium flare(about half as bright as the shooting star) from a satellite going through Pegasus move north east.  Pointed camera in that direction and caught satellite moving just above Alpheratz which is the star in Andromeda that "marks the point where Pegasus and Andromeda meet."
  • After processing images, noticed many faint satellite trails.
  • One shooting star and one satellite seen.

Facing south west.

Facing south west.

Almost straight up to the west.

Facing East.

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