May 2008 Archives

NGC 6520 and Barnard 86

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Click sketch to view larger image. Observation Notes Since I originally made this observation close to two years ago, I've been a little concerned by a few of the features I portrayed in the sketch. The elongation of unresolved stars in NGC 6520 didn't seem to be aligned correctly,...

Beta Capricorni (Struve 52)

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Click image for larger version. Observation Notes - May 12, 2008 Before submitting the sketch of this double for an upcoming observing article, I noticed an obvious error in the orientation of the entire field. Whenever the alignment of the double is very close to north, south, east or...
Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: Conditions for viewing the comet were much better tonight. Little wind, and improved transparency. As a result, the comet was easier to spot. It was still very soft, but its apparent diameter was closer...
Move mouse over sketch above to view labels. Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: Although this comet would have benefited from a trip outside of town to get away from the low altitude light pollution, I was still able to find it from my front yard. The comet...

V Hydrae (Burnham 1428)

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Click image for larger version Observation Notes: I unexpectedly ran across this beautiful double while tracking comet C/2007 W1 (Boattini). The rich, red carbon star primary jumped out at me and I couldn't resist giving it a closer look. The primary was a rich, red--almost like seeing a 'hot pixel'...

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