Equipment: 16” Dobsonian, 55mm, 12mm TeleVue eyepiece, Paracorr. New objects observed: NGC 4435, NGC 4443, NGC 4419, NGC 4450, NGC 4350 Previously viewed objects: Messier 89, Messier 90, Messier 87, Messier 86, Messier 84, Mars, NGC 4478, NGC 4438, NGC 4458, NGC 4477, NGC 4459 This was the first night I got any telescope since last September, ugh. The weather the entire winter was not at all cooperative. I didn’t have high hopes for the evening, since the fence between my neighbors and I got replaced over the winter because it fell over, and it’s letting more light into my yard.
I've fairly diligently kept up keeping records of what I've been observing, either by tweeting about it or noting it in the notes on my iPhone or in SkySafari (also on my iPhone). It's been a pretty brutal last year and a half or so, weatherwise, so I had surprisingly few chances to even get out and observe anything. Plus, once you've fallen behind a bit it's hard to pick yourself up and get caught up.
Equipment: Celestron AstroMaster 76 EQ, Orion Skyview 6 Deluxe EQ, 32mm, 15mm, 10mm, 9mm eyepieces. New objects observed: Mercury, M60, M86, M84, M58, M104, M5 Previous objects observed: M87 Notes: An excellent night with good transparency and seeing, which has been quite the rarity around these parts for the last six months or so. To start off the night, at late evening I walked down to the corner with the Astromaster (easier to carry) to try and get Mercury.