Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Canis Major and Puppis

M41 - pretty open cluster in Canis MAjor.

M46 - faint open cluster in Puppis

M47 - nidcer open cluster

M93 - faint with two bright stars to left in eyepiece.

NGC 2423 - typical open cluster

NGC - 2571 - building in the way.

M50 in Monocerous - open cluster - nothing special.

Noted Alphard in Hydra tonight.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Meteor Shower - Leonids?

About half a dozen seen 11:14 to 12 o clock local time. One very bright one broke up in mid flight.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Orion and Lepus

Tonight I hunted for the Crimson star R Leporis. I drew a skecth in the book to check up sometime. The asterism looked like an M or an upside down Cassiopeia.

M79 - Gottim!

Several Geminids seen.

Tonight the transparency was very good. I couold see every star in the Little Bear.

NGC 2017. Is this asterism shaped like a small Wild Duck Cluster?

Orion

Betelgeuse was abuttery yellow colour

Rigel - I think I saw its blue companion.

Then a slew to Heka at the head of Orion. I found Star D in Heka easier to resolve than star C as labelled in Clay Sherrod's tour of Orion. I couldnt find the B star.

The evening ended with the naked eye clear view of Praesepe in Cancer.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

First view of Saturn

The first midnight view of Saturn this apparition.