Sunday, August 18, 1996

Jupiter and meteors (Awenda)

9:05pm EST. Viewed Jupiter from clearing. Clear night. Four moons visible (1, 3, spaced evenly, the 4th is 3x away). Cloud bands very clear. Can't see Red Spot.
Instrument: Celestron 8-inch SCT
Mount: Vixen Super Polaris
Method: star hopping
10:00pm EST. Saw one meteor, a quick one, from north to south.

Saturday, August 17, 1996

telescoping at camp (Awenda)

A bunch of us headed up to Awenda Provincial Park near Penetanguishene for some biking, swimming, peace and quiet, relaxing, battles over food with squirrels and coons, and ghost stories (to be interrupted by wardens with uncanny night vision).

I took the Celestron up. I had sketched a rough plan:

  • all night: meteors
  • 9 pm:
    • Jupiter, in Ophiuchus, near M22
    • M22, map 22
    • and Lagoon Nebula, map 22
  • 1am:
    • Comet Hale-Bopp
    • Saturn in Cetus
    • Andromeda, map 4, 9
    • and Pleiades, map 4

The map numbers refer to the page number in the Wil Tirion's SkyAtlas (deluxe, bound edition).

Hilary and Cam enjoyed a bit of viewing with me, before heavy dew coated the 'scope.

Saw a few Perseid meteors.