Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finally a clear evening!

Clear skies last night allowed us to observe the following objects:

Through the 14-inch scope

  • Jupiter
  • M13 (globular cluster in Hercules)
  • Alcor (double star in Ursa Major)
  • M81 (galaxy in Ursa Major, 12 million light-years distant!)

Through the 8-inch scope

  • Venus
  • Castor (double star in Gemini)

Binoculars

  • M44 (Beehive Cluster, an open cluster in Cancer)