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Observing Session: Galaxies, Supernova, and More

Posted: 29 April 2022

Thursday, 28 April 2022, was clear but very windy during the day.

Open: Thursday, 28 April 2022, 1848 MST
Temperature: 73°F
Session: 1756
Conditions: Clear, windy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
Binoviewers, 20mm eyepieces


Due to the wind forecasts, I decided to do just observing this session, something I have not done in a long time.

1856-1935 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench. I like to keep the observatory door open when I'm on the patio, but the wind kept blowing it. I used two of the Dome Cover bungee cords to hold the door open.


1906 MST: Sunset.

1938 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF.

1941 MST: M60 (galaxy), faintly visible in the twilight sky, 102X.

Switched to the William Optics Binoviewers with 20mm (122X) eyepieces.

1945 MST: While observing M60 I saw a faint tumbling satellite slowly cross the field-of-view. It was just one of many satellites I saw in the Binoviewers this session while looking at objects.

1952 MST: Supernova 2022hrs in NGC4647 observed in the twilight sky using averted vision, 122X.

2000 MST: The supernova was now easily seen without using averted vision.

2006 MST: NGC4647 now faintly visible, 122X.

2010 MST: I began observing many Deep Sky Objects, Binoviewers, 122X.

Nebula: M42 (Great Nebula in Orion).
Open Star Clusters: M38, M36, M37, M35, M41
Globular Star Cluster: M68
Galaxies: NGC3115 (Spindle Galaxy), NGC3377, NGC4261, M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), M81 (Bode's Galaxy), M82 (Cigar Galaxy), M100, M65, M66, NGC3628 (Sarah's Galaxy), M101, M104 (Sombrero Galaxy)

Removed the Binoviewers and viewed M104 (Sombrero Galaxy), 102X.

Did a StarLock GOTO test. Worked fine.

Viewed Supernova 2022hrs in NGC4647, 102X.

2104 MST: LX600 OFF.

2112 MST: Took a Sky Quality reading and reported the result to Globe at Night.

Close: Thursday, 28 April 2022, 2118 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session Length: 2h 30m
Conditions: Clear, breezy, SQM 21.03

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