From my observing journal: May 22, 2012
Observed from 10:00-11:40pm Temp: A great 68*
Wow! All the stars and nice out to boot. I am sitting on a few blankets with my dogs and just being finally here is so incredible, sitting here on the ground listening to crickets singing and looking up is making my ol' stargazers soul happy.
Very cool to hear the frogs croaking in my pond again, usually they are very vocal during the full Moon nights, I guess frogs like to sing to the Moon. Tonight I am enjoying how my binoculars are making everything just pop.
Spica and Arcturus are bright and nice to look at up close. I am finding so many orange stars out here while scanning around the sky. They are an amazing color in the telescope. So after getting over the overwhelming feeling of finally being out here on a regular basis due to the nice weather I set my Binocular sites on Leo and his visitor, the planet Mars. I can also make out some galaxies to the right of the star called Deneb. A very nice cluster of them actually. Holy asteroids Saturn is a beaut in my binoculars. Both Saturn and Mars have been my planetary first light in my binocs this night, the very first night I used them last August there were np planets in the sky. OOOHH! a huge and VERY LOW airplane! Wow I whipped my binocs to it and wow I saw the numbers on the bottom of the airplane, 578931.
I also visited Hercules and it's massive, my favourite, star cluster known as M13. There is one interesting constellation under Bootes that is intriguing, especially a small red star to the left and down of Arcturus. Also 28 satelites passed through the field of view in my binoculars. That was really interesting. I counted them starting after 3 of them went by, then I found that I was on a path where sattelites pass by.
There is a very mild breeze with a minor amount of chillyness, but it is tolerable, having a blast out here. The breeze feels good as I am looking up as if I am movin through space.
After that I went back to where the plane of satelites were and saw one mysterious looking orb, bright orange and sort of Arcturus like. Found out online it is either mapping the our planets atmosphere or taking night views of Earth!