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Visitor and a Night of Observing

Posted: 20 November 2022

Cloudy nights returned on Thursday, 17 November 2022, and continued until Saturday, 20 November.

Open: Saturday, 20 November 2022, 1705 MST
Temperature: 70°F
Session: 1803
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece


I opened the observatory a little early to prepare for a visitor to Cassiopeia Observatory.

1712 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn, 102X.

1720 MST: Sunset.

1754 MST: Chris arrived. I told him some background on Cassiopeia Observatory. We then began observing using the 12" LX600 telescope.

First, we viewed Saturn and then Jupiter, 271X.

We then began observing some Deep Sky Objects (DSOs), 102X. At times we talked about the dark night sky here in Oracle, living in Oracle, and some of individual experiences. We viewed M57 (Ring Nebula), M13 (Great Globular Cluster in Hercules), M11 (Wild Duck Cluster, open star cluster), the colorful double star Albireo, the Double Cluster (open star clusters), M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), M32 (satellite galaxy of the Andromeda Galaxy), M110 (satellite galaxy of the Andromeda Galaxy), M33 (Triangulum Galaxy), and M45 (Pleiades).

We then viewed Mars, 271X.

The last DSO we viewed was M1 (Crab Nebula), 102X.

2104 MST: I took a Sky Quality reading.

We then observed our last objects, 271X: Uranus and Neptune.

2133 MST: Chris left after an enjoyable night in Oracle at Cassiopeia Observatory.

2137 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 20 November 2022, 2145 MST
Temperature: 49°F
Session Length: 4h 40m
Conditions: Clear, SQM 21.10

I will be participating in this special event in Oracle in December.


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