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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CONSTELLATION AURIGA

Location:  Front Porch, Little Lepreau, NB

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.

Attendance:  Myself

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.

Report:

  • 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.


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