July 2005 Archives

Otto Struve 525

October 17, 2006: To help provide a consistent style for my double star sketches, the above sketch is a digital update to the original sketch. Observation Notes: This pair exhibited beautiful color at low power. The brighter southern star was yellow-orange, while the norther was blue. It was a...

Added M16, Mars and Neptune

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I added some observations from earlier in the month. You can find them here: M16 Mars Neptune...
After catching glimpses of Supernova 2005cs in M51 last week. I thought I'd have a try at photographing it. It's been 10 months since I last hooked the camera into the eyepiece and messed with imaging something. (Piggyback wide-field shots are so much easier =) Anyway, I learned a few...
Observation Notes: This evening, we were visiting friends and the kids were playing inside. I set up the scope in their back yard and gave a brief tour of some prominent DSOs to them before moving on to an official observation. The galaxy, M63, was bright and large, although...

Neptune - July 5, 2005

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Observation Notes: I finally got a confirmed sighting of Neptune. The match to the finder chart I printed, and the blue-green color were the signals I needed. While the color was strongly blueish, I detected green, which doesn't correspond with the deep blue color of the planet, and I...

Mars - July 5, 2005

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Observation Notes: This was my first look at Mars through a telescope. It was small and the seeing was horrible, but it was still excellent to see. At 38X during the finding stage, it had such a unique orange color that I was drawn to it even at that...
Click image for larger version. The above sketch is an redraw of the original to clean it up, remove color cast, and update formatting. The original is shown below. Observation Notes: M20 is a beautiful, two-lobed nebula. The southern lobe had a double-star at its core. The northern lobe had...

Uranus - July 5, 2005

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Observation Notes: My first and only observation of Uranus was within a week of getting my telescope late last Summer. I wanted to firm up that observation. It was easy to find Uranus. I actually caught it in binoculars first as I was familiarizing myself with the star field....
Observation Notes: Such a beautiful galaxy; such a painful observation. M51's large, circular extent reached almost to smaller NGC 5195. The were both arranged in a north-south direction. Both had bright, distinct cores. NGC 5195 looked to be about one-quarter the diameter of M51. My initial impression of M51...

9P/Tempel 1 - July 4, 2005

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Move mouse over images for labels and movement marker. Observation Notes: Having had success finding this comet the previous night, I wanted to try again and see if I could also detect a difference in brightness in the day since the hit by the Deep Impact Probe. Several online...

9P/Tempel 1 - July 3, 2005

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Move mouse over image for labels and movement marker. Observation Notes: Sunday, June 3, 2005 at 10:52 PM local time was the moment slated to observe the collision of the Deep Impact Probe with Comet 9P/Tempel 1. Not that there would be much to see with my 6" scope,...

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