Blog for Monday 23rd July 2012
Well the fine weather continues 28 deg c by day with clear blue skies that hold into and through the night, beautiful!
After falling asleep in front of the TV whilst waiting for dark to descend, I woke around midnight and clawed myself back to full consciousness and made a brew. I had a target in my head as earlier that day I had received an email via the website asking if I had a sketch of M20, the Triffid nebula, I didn’t and I was disappointed at that fact. Perhaps tonight I could rectify that fact and make the requester happy? Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, just above the horizon by 12.30 but obscured by trees, I had to settle more something else. I settled on M26 in Scutum, an open cluster would make a change I thought. I had to add a focal reducer to the camera nose piece to improve, or rather widen the fov, having done that and got the focus sharp, I made my sketch which you can see here (plenty of stars, hence the tittle)
I made bed by 01.30, good job done, Dale