I opted to join Glenn and Gail at their dobservatory since they are only a couple of minutes drive away, and there would only be a limited time for DSO observing before the moon rise. As always it was a very relaxing evening. I usually bring the bare bones with me in terms of gear since Glenn has a really good line up of interesting objects to view through their 6in scope. That evening, I was really impressed with the incredible sky conditions especially considering they live right in town. I was able to clearly make out the milky way through most of the evening, even as the moon was getting up to 20 deg above the horizon. We ended off the observing session with the moon, where we spent some time along the terminator.
Tonight should be another great night and since I will be going to Binbrook tomorrow, I may just opt out again tonight and set up from home on the driveway. Nothing like the comforts of home and crystal clear beautiful night skies.
Gail and I always enjoy Kerry's company and enthusiasm for astronomy. Our sessions take the form of conversation as we "stroll" across the sky stopping occasionally to take in items of interest.
Last night we compared views of objects we had seen at Starfest noting, in particular, how light pollution can give them a different look.
One new object, that I hadn't logged before, was open cluster NGC 6802 in Vulpecula. Not what you might call a showpiece, perhaps, but still worth a look and an item I will likely check out for comparison if the skies cooperate at Silent Lake next week.
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