Southern Sentinel Observing Report
Monday 7th February 2005
|Date:||7th March 2005 (Local)|
|Time:||21:00 - 11:30 NZDT (UT +13)|
|30 Minutes from Home|
Clear Skies. Mild & Calm. Ocassional Cloud
Limiting Magnitude 6.0, transparency 4/5, seeing 4/5
Nearly New Moon.
13.1 Inch Dobsonian, TeleVue Paracorr & Eyepieces & Lumicon Filters
David Moorhouse & Alan Kane met me at the Kumeu observatory for some observing. Alan had never observed form Kumeu, it was good to see him up there.
Excellent conditions with nearly no wind and the temperature was very mild. There was some occasional cloud bit this did not affect observing at all. With no moon, the skies were dark, however I felt a little less contrasty out to the NE than normal
I was out for the first time with my DSC with the Palm, I had had some problems with the Palm but after Rudy set me straight I rectified the error. The pointing accuracy of the scope was excellent a lot better than expected. Most objects over a large portion of the sky were in the centre of the field. Typical error was less the 0.1 degree occasionally 0.2 degree in Azimuth. Loaded with observing lists, the Palm was an excellent companion. It felt strange to be using DSCs while Dave Moorhouse was starhopping!
Principally a DSC familiarisation evening, I did get through a few objects which included NGC2997 & NGC2835, both large spirals in Hydra. The heart of the Hydra I cluster was also impressive. NGC3308, 3309, 3311, 3312 were clearly visible in the centre of the FOV.
Here is a small list of objects seen while using the Palm.
No logging conducted as such, as I did not take the Dictaphone along. I had a quick look at Saturn and Jupiter. The seeing don low was not too good.
|Auckland, New Zealand|
|36° 55' 09 " South, 174° 43' 30" East|
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