Star Party August 2012

Pretty successful party for me.  I paid attention, and saw lots of things, including a few of the Perseid Meteors. Though none of the really spectacular ones that others at the site saw.  I had my head down most of the night trying to find what was available.  I did not have time to prepare.  Anyway, I got there at about 7:00 pm to set up.  Which is pretty easy for me.  I am sticking with the 6 inch Dobsonian for the foreseeable future.  I told Charlie, I would look to move up after I have seen everything I can see in this thing.  Which is not likely to happen any time soon.

I worked (to a greater or lesser extent) through, Lyra, Cygnus, Scutum, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Hercules, Pegasus, Cassiopeia, Perseus and Andromeda.  I also recognized Aquila, Bootes (Arcturus).  I tried to find Ophiuchus (I know, the biggest thing in the sky), but could not identify it.

I am still trying to work my way through the Messier objects.  I try to find the ones I know and have seen before.  (I am not at all confident in my ability to refind things.)  But, I consider it a successful night if I can find something (dare I say some things?) new.  By that measure, I had a successful night.  I was able to see pretty well into the sky.  I think it helped that I got there early and got my eyes rested and adjusted.

I recognized Arcturus and Vega right away.

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