19/04/13: Viewing Session

April 20, 2013

I wasn't expecting good results tonight on the imaging front as the moon was high in the sky. Therefore I decided to take the cameras off the scopes and have a bit of a viewing session with a mate of mine. I put the kettle on and we made a start!

The first target was the moon and we managed to get some clean crisp views of the visible lunar surface. We explored some of the features along the terminator at high power. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with names but the craters looked nice!

We then began a hunt for some deep sky objects. I knew galaxies would be a challenge in the bright moonlit sky, but I managed to locate several nice globular clusters; M3, M53, M13 and M92. The constellation Lyra had just risen but I located M57 The Ring Nebula without a problem. Saturn cleared the roof at around 2230 so we had a quick look at the brilliant ringed planet before calling it a night.



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