Saturday, May 23, 2015

observing with the neighbours (Blue Mountains)

Around 7:00 PM, Sat 23 May 2015, met some of our new (?), young neighbours to the east. We invited them over later.

7:26 PM. Collimated the CAO Celestron bins. Went to Moon. Spotted Venus in bins. Briefly spotted naked eye.

Explained how to collimate these instruments to other members.

7:48. Wondered if I could installed the Dark Sky Meter app to my Android device. Learned via the FAQ that there's not such a version and it sounded like there never would be. Boo.

9:57. Viewed Jupiter in C14. Still had a high power eyepiece in, 18mm.

10:00. Paulo and Alex left the GBO; Mr Horvatin arrived, eating cookies.

10:09. Viewed Cor Caroli. Good in both the big and small 'scopes.

10:30. Viewed Alula Australis. Saw B, touching A. Wheat colour, same brightness. GSC 02520-0471 to the west, GSC 02520-0192, J111723.6+313014, GSC 02520-0149, GSC 02520-0017, GSC 02520-0190. Could not see C.

10:43. Andrew and Ken dropped in! All right! Showed them Jupiter and Saturn. Their remarks were NSFW.

11:36. Windy. SW 17 gust 28 km/h but dropping.

The screen door on the GBO was awesome!

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