Observing Log for Mike Durkin
6/30/2018 about 8:30PM-11:30PM
Locust Valley, NY
Transparency: 9/10, Seeing 3/5
Temperature: about 80-90 degrees
Equipment: Celestron Ultima 8 with PEC
After the failed attempt at the beach earlier this month, it has still been a long time
since my last observing session.
I looked up the times of the Great Red Spot times, and tonight was supposed to be a good
shot of catching it shortly after sunset. After I was set up, I did see the Great Red
Spot just after it transited Jupiter's meridian. I also saw Io just at the limb of the disk
as it was going behind Jupiter. I used a couple of colored filters as well. The green
filter did seem to be the best for seeing the GRS.
After that I checked out a few globular clusters.
M5 - I had to use the 7.4mm eyepiece before I was able to start resolving some stars.
Palomar 5 - unable to see.
NGC 5897 - I ight have glimpsed once or twice when sweeping by with the 7.4mm eyepiece. It
was low to the horizon and the skybackground was bright.
M14: seen with the 17mm eyepiece and a 2x barlow. Fairly large, but no distinct features.
it only appeared slightly lighter than the background.
Overall a pretty decent evening. Got back to some visual observing, although I wonder if
my collimation was good enough. I just hope that I didn't aggrivate my tennis elbow a bit
with lifting and moving stuff around since it was a little sore at times during the
6/9/2018 about 7:30PM-10:00PM
Jones Beach Nature Center, NY
Transparency: 2/10, Seeing ?/5
Temperature: about 60-70 degrees
It had been a while since my last observing session, so I went to an AOS observing
session at Jones Beach. However the night was basically a bust, the was almost
totally overcast. A couple of other members were there for the night, but we just
hung aroud and worked a little bit on one of the smaller scopes in the storage room.
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