September 2010 Archives

NGC 6712 and Arrow Asterism

Sketch of NGC 6712 and Arrow Asterism - 37.5XClick image for larger version. Sketch of NGC 6712 - 120X and 240XClick image for larger version. Observation Notes: This fascinating globular cluster lies in a rich Milky Way field. Through 15 x 70 binoculars, it can be seen as a faintly...

Adding Cardinal Directions to Your Sketch

A few months ago, I set up a reference page about how to determine cardinal directions through the eyepiece so you can add them to your sketches. After setting up the placeholder for that page, I completely spaced-out adding the actual content. I'm very sorry to anyone who followed the...

NGC 6905 - The Blue Flash Nebula

Sketch of NGC 6905 (The Blue Flash Nebula)Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: NGC 6905 is bracketed by 3 11th and 12th magnitude stars and at low power simply seems to be a patch of unresolved starlight. Higher power drew it out, and it displayed a mild north-south elongation....

PK 80-6.1 - The Egg Nebula

Sketch of PK 80-6.1 (The Egg Nebula) Move mouse over sketch above to see how the view changed when the polarizing filter was rotated to the correct angle.Click image for larger version. Observation Notes: This easily overlooked deep sky object is tucked away above the eastern wing of Cygnus....

2010 Perseid Meteor Shower

Sketch of 2010 PerseidsClick image to view larger version. Observation Notes: As much as I resist getting up early for an observation, this one was worth it. The 2010 Perseid Meteor Shower put on a great show. Over the course of an hour and twenty minutes, I plotted 40 meteors....

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