Time To Pull The Plug

This is a subtitle. There are many like it, but this one is here.

Astro Log: July 2009 - September 15th, 2009

I’ve decided to keep a running log of what I’ve been observing here. This initial entry is, sadly, from memory over the last couple of months, so no dates are provided. It’s just a list from what I’ve been able to see from my backyard in Tacoma, WA. Hopefully once the shelter I’m working on (more on that later) gets done, I’ll be able to see more things.

Equipment: Telescopes: Celestron AstroMaster 76 EQ, Orion Skyview 6 Deluxe EQ; Filters: Polarizing, set of color filters, Broadband, H-Beta, OIII; Eyepieces: 32mm, 25mm, 20mm correcting, 15mm, 10mm, 2 9mm, 6mm, 4mm

Objects, in no particular order:

Planets: Venus, Jupiter, Neptune

Satellites: the Moon, Io, Callisto, Ganymede, Europa

Galaxies: M31, M32

Open Clusters: Pleiades, Owl Cluster

Globular Clusters: M92, M13, M56, M71, M15, M2

Planetary Nebulae: M57, Cat’s Eye (NGC 6543), Blue Snowball (NGC 7662), Dumbbell (M27)


The list is a little small, but I’ve not only been learning as I go along, but Tacoma has some pretty bad skyglow. On top of all that, there’s a lot of stray light just in my neighborhood. When my solution for that is done, I’ll write that up (for reals).