Celestron 8″ SCT Observing log (July 30/2011)

Elena and I had a lengthy session Saturday night. After a fair amount of time rebooting and tweaking we got the interface between our Celestron SCT and the laptop running Stellarium working.

One of the primary goals was to locate the carbon star Tau Lyra that had eluded us last time. Didn’t take long to find it this time around- it was a deep red and looked like a gem.

I played “computer operator” while Elena was at the eyepiece so that she wouldn’t spoil her night adaptation looking at the computer screen. This session was by far the most objects in the shortest time I have ever observed- we literally were running out of stuff to look at in Portland’s suburban (light polluted) sky.

We also saw:

Jupiter,
(Europa, Ganymede, IO, Callisto)
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M15
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Wild Duck Cluster

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M29
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M31
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IC5146
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M37
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M56
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M52
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IC1396
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IC4665
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M22

95 Hercules

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17 Cygnus

Photo coming soon

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