Southern Sentinel Observing Report
Monday 18th June 2007
|Date:||18th June 2007 (Local)|
|Time:||19:30 - 21:00 NZDT (UT +13)|
|30 Minutes from Home|
Mild with a Light Breeze. Cloudy at Times.
Limiting Magnitude 5.5, transparency 3/5, seeing 3/5
13.1 Inch Dobsonian, TeleVue Paracorr & Eyepieces & Lumicon Filters
|Dave Ek Box and PalmDSC|
Another nice day in Auckland, but the sky tended to cloud up at the end of the day. I decided to make the trip to Kumeu, after Paul Moss collected my StellarVue AT1010 which I sold to him. Sad to see the StellarVue go.
Both Alan Kane and Alastair Duhs were already there setting up when I arrived and the skies were patchy at best.
Because of the spur-of-the-moment decision to go to Kumeu, I did not have a plan as such.
Amazingly, this is the first night I have observed at Kumeu this year....how has that happened!!
Observations as follows;
|NGC 6072||Planetary Nebula||176x||Fairly large and bright Planetary Nebula. Round with a bit of irregularly noted.|
|NGC 5979||Planetary Nebula||176x||Small round southern planetary. Hint of annularity and a definate central star. Still very small at the higher power.|
|NGC 5844||Planetary Nebula||176x||Irregular planetary nebula in Triangulum Australae. Easily defined and has an odd shape, a bit like the old inground pool, between a kidney bean and an peanut shell. Nice and contrasty.|
|NGC 3201||Globular Cluster||176x||Nice southern globular. Sharp and well framed at higher power. Another excellent example on how an object can look more impressive at greater magnification.|
|NGC 3132||Planetary Nebula||176x||Nice views of the Eight Burst tonight. Multiple shells and a prominent central star.|
|NGC 2822||Galaxy||176x||Small galaxy in the same FOV as Miaplacidus. Non descript, but bright and noticable.|
|NGC 2808||Globular Cluster||176x||Nice southern globular with excellent resolution at this power. Observing at this power makes this globulars reminisient of M22. Nicely framed.|
|NGC 2442||Galaxy||176x||NGC2442 detail is not enhanced by this amount of power and from a semi-rural sky. Not enough contrast to detect any irregularity in the shape.|
|M 22||Globular Cluster||176x||Had another look at M22 tonight, at higher power. Nicely framed in this eyepiece.|
|Jupiter||Planet||176x||Seeing much better than Waharau, 11mm Nagler holding up quite well. Detail is subtle and could be helped by filters. No Red Spot and a Shadow Transit finished as I started to setup.|
Not much to see tonight, cloud was an ever present problem. Wind was not a problem and the seeing was much improved over Waharau, which allowed a higher power to be employed and nice views of Jupiter to be enjoyed.
Palm was spot on tonight…flat ground, I reckon. Not supposed to make a difference, but I think it does somehow.
Had some high powered looks at two overlooked southern globulars; NGC3201 & NGC2808. Very nice. Some planetaries were also recorded.
Cloud was pretty thick from about 8:50 PM and I called it quits at 9:15 PM.
Home by 10 PM. 3 out of 4 nights in a row at the telescope, awhile since this has happened.
|Auckland, New Zealand|
|36° 55' 09 " South, 174° 43' 30" East|
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