Observing Log for Mike Durkin


1/29/2017 about 6:30PM-8:30PM
Locust Valley, NY
Transparency: 3-8/10, Seeing 3/5
Temperature: about 30-40 degrees
Equipment: 10x50 binoculars and Stellarvue 70mm refractor

Started by seeing an ISS pass right as I came outside. It was near the zenith and about as bright as Venus. I faded out as it went to the northeast.
Then when Tom and Stacy came home, I showed them M42 with the 17mm eyepice (25x)
Then I visually measured cariable stars Mira, α Ori and W Ori.
I wrapped up because clouds started to come in and block a lot of the sky. I think it did eventaully clear up later in the night.


1/1/2017 about 5:30PM-9:30PM
Locust Valley, NY
Transparency: 7-8/10, Seeing 3/5
Temperature: 30-45 degrees
Equipment: 15x70mm binoculars and Hutech modified Canon Rebel T3i

First tried to see comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková but it may have been too close to the horizon and the sky was not yet fully dark. It may be a bit better next week.
Then DSLR photometry of P Cyg, γ Cas, κ Cas, ρ Cas and X Per. Note that for X Per, there was some scattered clouds, so I had to take a bunch of extra images. I can probably use the last 30 images of the set since they seemed to be clean.



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