yesterday was really nice and clear where i am even seen a few meteorites as well as Venus will parallel the earth around August 15th before it speeds off away from us and wont be beside us again till march 2017. I noticed it has been really bright lately and checked things out on solar system scope hopefully the weather will be nice for a few more day. anyone been out lately?
Post by deepskydarrell on Jun 8, 2015 20:55:28 GMT -8
Yes, Craig, the sky has been so good. And now the moon is almost gone. But the twilight is now here to stay . It just doesn't seem worth the drive to get a two hour window between midnight and 02:00 of not very dark. So I'll wait till the next moonless run in mid July
This apparition of Venus is the really high, northerly one. We've had some really low southerly ones these last few years. I am tempted to set up at a public park on a warm evening when everyone is out cooling down. Maybe once the moon is back in the early evening sky.
Hope you can get out.
16.5 inch F 5.3 Zambuto Optics homebuilt Dobsonian
Post by Mark McLaughlin on Jun 8, 2015 20:57:46 GMT -8
I have been out lots. Of course i have the club scope on wheels, so i roll it out to the top of the driveway and observe away. Venus, has been sinking for a while now,but is still up at that comfortable eyepiece height for easy viewing. The real highlight, up slight to the east, is Jupiter. I can't explain in a few words how awesome it is. With my 8 Ethos I can easily see the Great Red Spot and all the whorls contained inside. Kinda like Andromeda,M31. And you have to watch the dance of the moons,to really get a feel for the vista. A dark sky would really help this monster out,as it is 16.9 on the SQMeter,right under a sodium streetlight! At least all my neighbors have settled down about being on my front lawn. With school being near done, I seem to be getting enough kids, which is neat. MMc