Astro Log: May 1st, 2014

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. Some strategically draped old curtains and sheets helped a bunch though, and I was able to observe a healthy number of Virgo Cluster galaxies before the high thin clouds started coming in. Most of the galaxies I observed this night were averted vision objects, but I was able to see much dimmer galaxies than I expected, considering the surroundings.

Not a bad night, all things considered. It went better than I expected it to, and it was really good to be able to get back out there again.

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