From my observing journal: October 5 2011
WOW!! It was 6am and I went outside to browse around the winter sky. A beautiful 6:17am and dawn was rising, orion nebula was a showpiece and I could still see the orion nebula and surrounding stars. do you get the amazement of this? The sun was rising and all the stars were disappearing slowly and the nebula was still seen to the max. and the pleiades were all brilliant, just stunning. Loving my new binoculars!!
Usually in my telescopes I can still see it big time but my binocs is quite the star catcher. I was kicking off a new day with the soccer ball cluster. Do you know what the soccer ball cluster is?? Hint: It is a deep sky feature of Gemini, found by a major star found in the constellation. This really cool, and a great idea, of an asterism was created by Phil Harrington. you can read about it and go out just before dawn and kick it around for yourself, your star maps awaits right here. I decided to make a video, was feeling really great after some pre-dawn winter sky observing. Click right here to check out the asterism.
The photo above is exactly the pre-dawn sky I was observing when I can still see the great nebula, pleiades and surrounding goodies. I really enjoyed the spectacular Sirius, just so spectacular that star is. Grab a scope or binoculars and go catch a glimpse of it. And Jupiter and it's moons were a visual treat.
"I discovered the term the soccer ball cluster from Phil Harrington's Binocular Universe" is what I was going to say when my batteries died. Then I decided to show you my skies I observe and my observing space.
I call my observatory Summer Moon Stargazing observatory after an amazing night I had in 2003. No worries, my telescopes were cleaned up and everything that was on it was put away. Actually my whole back porch got cleaned, built up some energy being excited that the winter skies are around. The big dipper was out too! I also caught some galaxies in my scope while dabbling among the dipper!