Date Time: September 4, 2016 2145-2155hrs
Weather: No wind, high see-through haze, 12C, humid, no bugs. Temperature dropped down to 5C overnight.
Equipment: Canon Rebel Xsi, with 75-300mm lens and tripod.
Attendance: David McCashion
Objective: To view and image Mars as it moves to the East of Scorpius and Saturn.
- Viewing conditions were not good. Even though the thin crescent moon had gone down long before observing time, a high thin cloud(which was there before dark) or moisture in the atmosphere affected seeing conditions. Could only count three stars in Pegasus which means a limiting factor of Magnitude 3, which is not good.
- Observed and imaged Mars Saturn and Antares low in the south western sky. All notably not as bright as normal.
- Observed and imaged Delphinus high in the SE, with Altair, Sagitta and The Coat Hanger nearby.
- Observed and imaged a satellite passing above the Perseus Double Cluster.
- No shooting stars and two satellites were seen.
|Image taken at 2146 hrs. Camera settings ISO 1600, focal length 75 mm, f/4, 6 seconds.|
|Facing NE just under Cassiopeia. Image taken at 2152 hrs. Camera settings ISO 1600, focal length 75mm, f/4, 6 seconds.|
|Sagitta the arrow. Image taken at 2149 hrs. Camera settings ISO 1600, focal length 75mm, f/4, 6 seconds.|
|Delphinus the dolphin. Image taken at 2147 hrs. Camera settings ISO 1600, focal length 75mm, f/4, 6 seconds.|