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General Astronomical Observing Log


Primary Instruments: AstroView 120ST Refractor; Sky View Pro 120EQ Refractor; Orion Deep Space Explorer 6" Reflector
Meade LX90 10" ACF Telescope; Orion 180 Mak-Cass; Celestron 127 SLT Mak-Cass


DN=Diffuse Nebula; PL=Planetary Nebula; GL=Globular Cluster; OC=Open Cluster; EG=Galaxy; SC=Star Cloud; DS=Double Star; AS=Artificial Satellite


Date / Time Object
Name
Object
Type
Cat #(s) Apparent
Magnitude
Inst. / Power Naked Eye? Binos? Notes Notes 2
02 Sep 09 / 21:49 MST Jupiter Planet . -2.8 C90 / __x No No 1st time I observed Jupiter with no moons "visible" Fairly rare event - travelled to Buckeye for clearer skies
03 Aug 10 / 01:40 MST Jupiter Planet . -2.7 6" DSE / 160x No No Observed Europa's shadow on Jupiter 1st time seeing a shadow trasit
03 Aug 10 / 03:08 MST Jupiter Planet . -2.7 6" DSE / 160x No No Europa began tranist of Jupiter 1st time seeing a moon trasit
14 Sep 10 / ~22:45 MST Uranus Planet . 5.73 6" DSE / __x No No 1st time I observed Uranus - really! Was in close quarters with Jupiter
17 Aug 11 / 01:25 MST Jupiter Planet . -2.5 6" DSE / __x No No 1st time observing Great Red Spot
28 Jan 12 / ~05:55 MST Omega
Centauri
GC NGC 5139 3.7 7x50 & 15x70
6" DSE / __x
No Yes 1st time observing Omega Centauri - really! About 8 - 9° above southern horizon - roughly below Spica
02 Mar 12 / 19:25 MST 7 Brightest Objects in Night Sky Planets and Stars Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Sirius, Mars, Mercury, Canopus Various Naked Eye Yes No Also watched a -3.2 ISS pass overhead - so that makes 8 bright objects .
25 Aug 12 / 03:00-06:00 MST Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury Planets . 7.83, 5.75, -2.15, -4.13, -1.03 10" ACF / Various (40mm, 13mm and 6mm EPs) Some No Observed closest and furthest planets from the sun...first time. .
25 Aug 12 / 20:00 MST Mars / Saturn Planets . 1.17 / 1.35 80mm Short Tube Refractor/ Various (10x, 44x) Yes No Finished up the planets for today 1st time seeing ALL 8 planets (incl. earth) in one day
29 Aug 12 / 14:10 MST
P.S.T. First Light
Sun Star . . Coronado P.S.T. / Various (20mm, 9mm, + 2x Barlow No No VERY cool seeing Sol in Hydrogen Alpha light Several nice proms on SE edge; couple nice filaments
30 Aug 12 / 10:15 MST
SolarMax II 60 First Light
Sun Star . . Coronado SolarMax II 60 / Various (25mm, 12mm, + 2x Barlow No No Better resolution than P.S.T.
though both are keepers!
Several nice proms; couple nice filaments
02 Sep 12 / 15:00 MST
SolarMax II 60
Sun Star
. . Coronado SolarMax II 60 / Various (25mm, 12mm, + 2x Barlow No No Carissa & Brandon see our sun in Ha for first time. Several nice proms around edge; couple nice filaments
08 Sep 12 / 04:50 MST Moon / Jupiter . -10.95 / -2.23 Naked Eye Yes No Nice close lunar/planetary conjunction. Separated by ~1°
09 Sep 12 / 11:00 MST
SolarMax II 60
Sun Star
. . Coronado SolarMax II 60 / Various (25mm, 12mm, + 2x Cemex Barlow No No Tried some imaging with the Cemex Barlow Several nice proms around edge; couple nice filaments
27 Sep 12 / 17:55 MST
Celestron NexStar 127 SLT
First Light
Sun Star
. . Celestron 127 SLT / Orion 40mm No No Couple of sunspots visible through white light filter .
28 Sep 12 / ~04:00 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / Various No No Io Shadow transit .
29/30 Sep 12 / Late PM/Early AM MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / Various
Meade 10" ACF / Various
No No Io and Europa Shadow transits .
5 Oct 12 / 0605 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / Various No No Io Shadow transit .
22 Oct 12 / 0354 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / 166X No No Watched Io exit occultation .
22 Oct 12 / 2250 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / 166X No No Io Shadow transit in progress; watched Io enter transit .
01 Nov 12 / 0222 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / 115X No No Watched Europa shadow transit .
01 Nov 12 / 0358 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / 115X No No Watched Europa begin transit of Jupiter .
02 Nov 12 / 2037 MST Jupiter Planet . . Celestron 127 SLT / 115X No No Watched Europa disappear into shadow of Jupiter .
03 Nov 12 / Late Evening Neptune / Uranus Planet . . Orion 180 / 207X No No . .
07 Nov 12 / 0400 MST Jupiter Planet . -2.8 ?? / ?? No No Great Red Spot Transit Ganymede Shadow Transit
16 Nov 12 / 0605 MST Saturn Planet . 1.1 Orion 80ST / 20x & 44x Yes No 1st observation of Saturn this apparition .
18 Nov 13 / 0605 MST C/2012 S1 "ISON" Comet . ~6.5 15x70 binos / Celestron Spotting Scope No Yes 1st observation of ISON Snapped a few photos pre-dawn
8 May 14 / 1945 MST Mercury Planet . -0.9 15x70 binos Yes Yes Nice evening naked eye spotting Have viewed w/binos previous two nights as well
19 Dec 14 / 1945 MST Sun / Sunspots Star
. . Naked Eye w/ Orion Solar Filter Yes No Two sunspots visible naked eye .
25 Jan 15 / 2145 MST Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Comet . 4.5 Nikon 7x50 Bino No Yes . .
Date / Time Object
Name
Object
Type
Cat #(s) Apparent
Magnitude
Inst. / Power Naked Eye? Binos? Notes Notes 2



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