Friday, August 16, 2013

1537e 2013/08/16–17

1537e 2013/08/16–17 20:30–22:40 Foxmead POD 8 28cmsc 10x50b

Aligned CPC1100 first on the Moon, then on Saturn, then slewed over to Venus, all at 70x. Mosquitoes were voracious, so I decided to go indoors to let them disperse.

Back out around 22:00, looking for Nova Delphinus 2013. I aligned the CPC more carefully on Altair and M27, which was very nice despite the bright Moon. Then I slewed to NGC 6905, a small planetary nebula, which was just visible in the moonlight. I observed it last 11 years ago. From there I starhopped to the Nova, which was shining brilliantly at around magnitude 5.4, as I later estimated using 10x50 binoculars. To confirm this, I had the scope go to the coordinates of the nova, and there it was again. This is the brightest novae in many years.

By then I was getting cold, so I parked the scope and closed up the observatory. The bright Moon and a slight haze in the sky made any further observation impossible.

Temperature: 14°C–9° C

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Geoff!

    I read your article "How to See 'Future' Celestial Sights in Pre-Dawn Sky" on and had a question. Most articles I've read say that we can see stars as they once existed (in the past, relative to us). Yours is the first I've come across that says we can see stars as they will exist (in the future, relative to us). So I just wanted to double check. Are you saying that in addition to being able to see stars as they once existed, we can actually see them as they will exist? Do you know of any other places where I can find information to support this?