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Re: Great Night

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  • jim_fitch
    Sounds like fun. Wish I could have been convinced to go to the roadside, but such is life.
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 2, 2011
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      Sounds like fun. Wish I could have been convinced to go to the roadside, but such is life.

      --- In amarilloastronomyclub@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <robertashcraft@...> wrote:
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      > I had a great night of observing on the driveway tonight. I wish it had been at the roadside park, but c'est la vie. To give you an idea of the transparency, I could see Sagitta, but not Vulpecula.
      >
      > Objects observed were:
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      > M15, M31, M110, Jupiter, Epsilon Lyra, M57, M56, M13, M27, M71, M11, NGC 457, the Moon, Gamma Andromeda, Gamma Aries, Albireo, and Polaris.
      >
      > My challenge object for the evening was NGC 6802, an open star cluster near the east end of the Coathanger. The cluster itself has magnitude 8.8, which would have been within my reach, but the individual stars in the cluster are 13th and 14th magnitude, which were obliterated by the city skyglow. Hence, even though I had the field stars identified, and knew exactly where the cluster was, I couldn't see it. It reminded me of those winter nights when trying to see the Horsehead. You have all of the field stars identified and know exactly where the rascal is, but you can't see it.
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      > Anyway, it was a lot of fun, even I live right by Westgate Mall, and was tortured by a streetlight a half a block away. :-)
      >
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