Date Time: November 7, 2016 2200-2345hrs
Weather: Cool, Clear, No wind, -1C, no bugs. Seeing was not great with only 5 stars in Pegasus visible.
Equipment: Canadian Telescopes 80 ED/APO on Vixen Alt Az Mount with 2" 32 mm eyepiece. Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 mm and 75-300 mm lenses, Barn Door Tracker and Tripod.
Objective: To view and image the Algol minimum which was suppose to take place between 2030 and 2230pm. To view and image star clusters in Auriga.
- By the time it was possible to set up and image, Algol had climbed too high and out of reach of the viewing capability of the camera/tracker/tripod setup. Witnessed a very dim Algol though. It was markedly dimmer than the last time I seen it on Oct 30.
- A very bright First Quarter Moon was lowering in the West during observing time.
- Searched for and easily found star clusters M37, M36 and M38 in telescope. Understandable how Charles Messier would mistake M37 for a Comet. The other two looked more like open cluster of stars of lesser brightness.
- No shooting stars or satellites were seen which was odd in itself for the amount of time observing.
Note: Fox was spotted running through neighbors yard at around 2330 hrs.