October 22, 2011
PERSEUS IS HOT!
Right now it is getting chilly at 48* and I bundled up to enjoy some familiar deep sky sights. I'm touring with my 12 inch dobsonian, 25mm lens and 2x barlow lens. Jupiter is electric out there! That planet is getting a little bigger and every feature on it is very well seen and the moons are nice to observe. WOW What a sky! What a sight! I began by looking at Jupiter then going to my favorite part of Perseus which is the Mirfak area. I never get tired of exploring this awesome part of the milky way. It is so rich with young blue stars, a spectacular sight in my scope.
Then I poked around the Pleiades, my barlow lens brings out the nebulosity around Merope and other stars in really nice detail. I then aimlessly wandered around Triangulum, stopping at the galaxy known as m33 and some of the galaxies around Andromeda. Each site is so bright this time of year, really worth it going out in the chilly night, even for just a little while.
Check out this nice page on Triangulum, I printed it out and used it as my guide tonight and observed everything on it with my scope. It is very worth it to check out all the deep sky goodies in this not so well known and often overlooked area. Last week I scoured it with my binoculars.
Even though the weather is changing to the unwelcomed by stargazers and die hard observers uncomfortable cold is returning for four months, it's worth it to pop out, take a few peeks and stay connected to your deep sky hunting! :)