Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:40 AM
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:15 AM
BigC, I feel your pain. It must be cold there. Teeth chattering, toes cold. Ouch, my body hurts just thinking about it.
As the saying goes, there's no such thing as bad weather -- just bad clothing.
Last night was glorious here in Massachusetts until it clouded up around midnight. Temperatures in the mid-20s and hardly any wind -- who could ask for anything more? Observed with telescope 1.5 hours, then watched Geminds two more hours. Toasty warm throughout.
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Then, at 9:30, in the last half hour of the transit, the air calmed down, Europa popped into view, and finally became crystal clear at 9:42. She stayed that way for most of the next hour. I love how the moons, when they're in front of Jove, become little 3-D spheres, with edge shading. I took a break at 11, returned at 12:15 to see the GRS. The seeing had many good moments at 389x, but was not consistent anymore. So around 1:00 I switched to 272X, and was rewarded with MUCH better contrast and apparent sharpness. In the best moments of the wee hours, I could see oval BA, but it never took on a nice clean oval shape. It was more of a blob. The little black spot between it and GRS was my goal, but it only appeared very faintly for a few seconds, even though I patiently waited and stared at it's location for many long minutes on end.
Jupiter did give another gift, though: it's colors were much stronger than usual, and well defined. Especially the NEB was very richly orange-rust colored, with a yellowish Northern fringe. GRS was a similar, more strongly yellowish tone. The saturated colors made the view quite vivid.
At 1:30 I had to turn on the dew heater.
By 2:30 I was cold, in spite of excellent clothing! There was frost all over the scope shroud and telrad. So I had a last view of some favorites: M42 showed stars E and F very easily, even at only 140X, and still visible at 67x, which surprised me. Double cluster was breathtaking, as it always is in average or better seeing. In between the 2 clusters, there is one intensely red tiny star. It stands out so beautifully! I'll have to look up it's name.
Then I put the scope away, and sat with the binoculars: I saw M67 for the first time, a 7th magnitude cluster about 10 deg below the Beehive (M44). Watched for meteors from 2:45 till 3:00 am. Only saw 4 small ones and one medium one that left a smoke trail in the Southeast.
At 3:15 I called it a night and drove home, with the heat on full, as I WAS FREEZING! All in all, a good night, though I was hoping for a bit more consistent seeing. Thanks, Jove! BTW, in India, Jupiter is called Brihaspati.
The days of the week are named after the planets: Thursday just happens to be Brihaspativar! Aptly named! (My screen name, Bhuloka, indicates the plane of the ecliptic in Sanskrit. It's sometimes translated as meaning "the Earth".)
OK, It's Friday and I've got the day off, mostly, so it's time for a nap!
Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:39 AM
We had a good CSC night as well here in NC. While waiting for the meteors, checked out Jupiter and the transit. Great views of the belts at 150x. Had a couple of neighbors over for a little bit and they were fascinated that they could see that little black dot on the surface! Treated them to the double cluster and M42 and got an Oh Wow at of them. The DC really did look great being so high up in the sky now. M42 showed me "E", so the nebula filled the whole eyepiece with the 24mm SWA....always beautiful to see.
Saw only a few meteors as I did not stay out past 11pm and I hearing from others that they really started getting active after 12pm. All and all, great night:)
Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:46 AM
Still, it was interesting to note how they all radiated out from Gemini, no matter where they appeared in the sky.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:53 AM
Which scope have you been using, MrJones?
3 nights ago - LT6 and Z12
2 nights ago - 15x70 binocs
Last night - C9.25 and actually got the wife out because she'll always try a meteor shower. She's hilarious - totally unimpressed with M1 but loved the open clusters and of course Jupiter and M42.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:44 PM
Later on that night, I observed Jupiter from a dark site through a friend's 22" SDM Dob. The Great Red Spot was near the CM at the time. Although very pale, the GRS did exhibit some interior detail during moments of steady seeing.