Sky Watch Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

Thanks to Simon for his organising efforts and perseverance with Kendal weather.

Grand night learning a number of member’s techniques very quickly:

ISS kindly flew over to to set the evening off.

Simon W’s easy magnitude benchmark for the evening: Polaris and the rest of Ursa Minor give you: two Mag 2’s, a 3 and a 5 (there are a few near fours – and a nearly six if viewing is that good as well). We’re seeing mag 5 naked eye.

We can now all find the Andromeda galaxy from either Cassiopeia of Pegasus (easy in binoculars, I say).

Graham’s colour index, blue Rigel to red Betelgeuse. We’re all on the look-out for a supernovae from a red giant like Beetlejuice or Aldebaran in the next 1,000 years. Sirius is white, so say most of us.

Ian showed us Uranus near the horizon through a telescope (findable in binoculars noticing that the scope was pointing above a white drainpipe).

Jupiter and its moons rose: a steady image, easy to follow with manual controls on the society’s scopes and more impressive with increasing power in other scopes. On the other hand, the Orion nebula is brighter and more impressive in binoculars – for me, personally.

Graham and Moira kept us informed with the constellation legends. Some of us are stuck in our ways though. Perseus is no warrior but a horse crossing the sky in the direction of all the other characters while Pegasus is just a big (Autumn) square. Taurus is a ‘V’ on its side – okay it’s got a tail.

With a bit of luck, Leo the Lion next month. That’s the backwards question mark although some members see a coat-hanger.

5 thoughts on “Sky Watch Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

  1. Thanks for the write-up Eddie!

    Here’s the photo of Ursa Minor with the names and magnitudes. I was pleased to see that the site was easily Mag 5, pretty good for right on the edge of town.

    You’re right about Leo, it should be well within visibility for our next session. Note also that Jupiter will be much higher and clearer. Looking forward to the March observing evening already!


  2. A few more photos to follow up Graham’s comments on star colours. I recall saying that Sirius through a long lens, hand held, long exposure – to be sure it wobbles – makes a wavy line of many colours. Here it is:

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