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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
I finally got out to do some observing with my 12" Dob.  I would rate the transparency a 3/5, but I would give seeing a 4/5.....close to a 5/5 (for this area anyway).   A bit of light fog from 9:30pm on.  Very heavy dew!   My scope was dripping within a few minutes of going out.   My Telrad was almost useless, even keeping the dew shield on it, except when I was using it.
 
M42 was a fine sight as usual, but I couldn't find M78.   I viewed M42 at 55x and 150x.  The view at 150x with an OxyIII filter was quite nice.   M81 and M82 were quite bright and easily seen, although I could see barely a hint of spiral arm structure in M81.  The Double Cluster was especially nice tonight......with both clusters in one eyepiece field at 27mm.
 
My first view of Saturn this year.  Quite a sight......the rings are almost one thin bright line.  I could make out a dark line where the rings cross the planet, but cloud belts were difficult to see.......they were extremely dim and would fade in and out.   Titan was bright...couldn't miss it.   I could see Tethys, Rhea & Dione clearly....although they are much, much dimmer than Titan.  I couldn't see Enceladus on the opposite side of the planet......even though the Sky & Telescope real time graphic showed it was there.
 
Not the greatest night for deep sky viewing (at least from my location), but I was surprised that the view of Saturn was as good as it was......and while it was still quite low in the sky.   Well, anyway, it beat sitting inside watching the science channel.
 
I didn't do any imaging......
 
 





Comments:
On 02/26/09 at 01:14pm Shanna wrote:
Sounds wonderful to see so many moons! Hopefully you can catch Enceladus at a later date.



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