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 was my favourite pair
for the night and easy to locate near the end of the northern arm of Pisces.
Described as "Orange yellow and White' by Hartung and 'matched Bluish White'
by Kepple and Sanner, this is an easy pair in small binoculars.
Comments: I would describe these as a delectable pair, close and a striking daffodil yellow in hue with the wide pair of 94 Psi lying nearby.
Ambience: The sky dominated everything tonight: the Megellanic Clouds glowed high in the South with the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) and the Globular Cluster, 47 Tucan were bright even in the 7X35s. The rising Eta Carinae Nebula(NGC 3372) was eye-catching even low on the horizon.
Jupiter and Saturn were crisp and ringed
with moons. Sweeping with the 25X100 binoculars, bright nebula, faint galaxies
and rich clusters of stars spilled into dark wide fields. In such dark
skies at this big binoculars offer three-dimensional views like one could
imagine through the cockpit of an intergalactic space-craft. These nights
are to be remembered and in my opionion sustain us through the nights of
poor seeing. Even without optical aid this was a sky alive and pulsating
with wonders. Wishing all viewers everywhere a night such as this.
Date & Time: 18 August, 2001, 01.30
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>.
Location of site: Annen, The Netherlands - 53N, 6E
Site classification: Village backyard
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Bino: Leica 10x42 Trinovid, semi-handheld
|Another favorite discovered!
A nice bright double with this comfortable and aesthetically just good separation of 30". Both stars are white.
With the 8cm and a magnification of 19x this was also a very attractive double, with the C11 @ 93x it looses its charm and the rating drops down to 3.