Moving lights

by Chuck August 12, 2012

Astronomy Observation Record


Date: 8-11-2012 Time: 10:00 p.m. Location: Brambly Hill
Instrument: Northstar Aperture: 76mm Focal length: 700mm
Eyepiece/Magnification: 32/22 17/41 13/54
Transparency: Seeing:
Conditions: Clear, warm


Object Notes

Perseid Meteor Shower

Throughout the night we would get the occasional bright flash of a meteor from the Persied swarm. They ranged from single and double streaks crossing the sky to bright flashes with almost no streak.


While Joe, Katie and I were starting to look for meteors a bright satellite passed overhead. It looked just like the ISS usually looks, so I checked online and sure enough there was a pass scheduled. Just as the ISS passed under Cassiopia it suddenly got very bright. We must have picked up a direct reflection of the sun off of a solar panel.


Hercules was hiding the cluster this evening. I tried to find it for half an hour before finally tracking it down.

It appears as a fuzzy patch of stars nicely framed by three bright stars.

Found M13 using the 32mm eyepiece, then shifted to the 13mm. While the 13mm was useful, the best view was with the 17mm eyepiece.


I tried to get a sight of M92, but wasn't able to find it. Again, I need to spend some time learning how to find stuff using "Turn Left."

Mizar & Alcor

Stopped to say hello to my favorite set of double stars.


Backyard Astronomy

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