|Star: 37 Cetus
Date & Time: Dec, 1st 2000. 10.30-11.30 p.m local; UT +11
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Other Conditions: Gentle breeze; low humidity
Location of Site: Terara, New South Wales
Australia, S34.52, W150.38 degrees.
Site Classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.5 (North), 6.5 (South) <Limiting magnitude>
Binoculars: 7X35 Tento. 25X100 Somet
HS= Harshaw Scale1-5 (1 best)
|This 5.2/8.7 mag. pair lie close to the trapezoid section
of the Whale. I must admit I had never encountered them before and noticed
afterwards that of all my sources only Webb mentions them. He notes the
pair as 'ysh.,o or Y.,lilac, or violet.'
Comments: In such transparent skies I spent much time analyzing the colour of this striking pair. I eventually decided on Yellowish white and Bluish violet and in the 25X100 I note them as a close and beautiful pair.
The near perfect viewing night is so rare, but it happens. When it does
it makes you realise how much we denizens of the night stumble around in
the mist and fog of bad seeing; when we are not sure is a dim star split,
is it yellow or pink and was that porridge splat of dull light that just
floated by a galaxy, a nebula or an undiscovered
All is new, is vibrant, pulsating and alive and the most humble telescope
has suddenly grown splendid optics and as you turn to the familiar dim
objects you start grasping for phrases such as 'sharp', 'contrast', 'filament',
'mottled', 'festoons' etc. You also view with some urgency, as you are
convinced that unseen, from behind your back a layer of cloud is fast approaching
to wipe it all away. I got an hour of such a sky two nights ago, following
three days of storm and rain. I completed all binocular doubles in The
Fishes, The Southern Fish and The Whale.