Well the season has gotten off to a good start, the first observing session scheduled for the year and we are not clouded off as usual!
The new site seemed to be as good, if not better than our old site, slightly less light pollution from Abingdon, but possibly affected by the car lights a little more (if I am to be picky), not as good view to the West but much better to the East and North from the end of the car park we Observed from.
There was 8 of us altogether with 5 telescopes and several pairs of binoculars.
Trevor with his 5” refractor, Keith and Jason both had 8” Celestron Edge HD scopes, Graham had a Celestron C90 and I took my 6” RC. Cristina also had her 15 x 70 Celestron binoculars.
We started off looking at Saturn which was only visible for a few minutes before dipping below some trees to our south west. The rings are in a favourable position at the moment, giving us a lovely view (even if it was only for a few minutes).
Next target was mars, although very bright, it was not a particularly impressive view.
We then attempted to go through some the Deep Sky list that was in the September Space Watch, plus a few others.
M13 Globular Cluster in Hercules, M15 GC in Pegasus and M2 GC in Aquarius.
The Veil Nebula through Trevor’s refractor with an Oxygen 3 filter.
M27 The Dumbbell Planetary Nebula in Vulpecula
M31 Andromeda Galaxy and its 2 companion galaxies M32 and M110
M81 and M82 Bodes Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
M45 The Pleiades, Open Cluster
NGC 869 and NGC 884 The Double Cluster in Perseus
And another Galaxy that Trevor showed us, that I cant remember the name of (but I will edit it in to the report later and no one will be any the wiser 😉)
Altogether it was a very enjoyable evening, clear skies for the duration, lots to look at and nice to get a look through some different scopes and eye pieces.
Hope to see more of you at the next one.