Observing Log for Mike Durkin


2/26/2017 about 7:00PM-11:00PM
Location: Locust Valley, NY
Transparency: 8/10, Seeing 3/5
Temperature: about 30-45 degrees
Equipment: Hutech modified Canon T3i

Took about 90 minutes with of images of the Seagull Nebula in Canis Major/Monoceros.
seagull_nebula
Camera: Hutech modified Canon T3i
Mount: Camera tripod and AstroTrac TT320X-AG Mount
Lens: 75x300 zoom lens. Set at 176mm f/4.5
Exposure: 91x60s (91 minutes total) with light pollution filter
ISO: 1600
Processing: Maxim DL for calibration with dark and flat frames, and for stacking. regim for color balance. Photoshop with GradientXTerminator and Astronomy Tools used for additional processing.


2/20/2017 about 11:30PM
Location: Locust Valley, NY
Transparency: 9/10, Seeing 4/5
Temperature: about 30-35 degrees
Equipment: None

Just a quick visual measurement of η Gem; before the holiday weekend was over.


2/19/2017 about 6:30PM-10:00PM
Location: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Jones Beach, NY
Transparency: 9-10/10, Seeing 4-5/5
Temperature: about 45-60 degrees
Equipment: 15x70mm binoculars

I originally intended to take an image of the Seagull Nebula, but I forgot the memory card for my camera.
Instead I used my 15x70 binoulars and measured variable stars Z UMa and W CMa. Using naked eye I measured α Ori. With the binoculars I also took a quick look at M42/M42. I also tried to find comet 45/P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in Coma Berenicces, since another AOS member who was considering coming to the Nature Center wasnted to see it. I was not able to see the comet, either it was too faint or I was not in the right part of the sky.
Georse S. from AOS was also there since he had to open the place up. He had his 10 inch Dob there, although he had a problem with his scope and had to do a little work on it. I was able to see a part of M45, including what ooked like some faint nebula around one of the stars. We also looked at a double star, I think η Cas, which looked reddish and yellow. M42/43 looked really good with the 14mm eyepiece he had. And before we left George also tried to find the comet, but instead he stumbled on the Black Eye Galaxy, which looked interesting although I could not make out the "black eye".



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