Sky and Telescope's "Pocket Sky-Atlas" is a wonderful resource for all amateur astronomers. These challenges are designed for spicing up your observing.
Sky and Telescope Magazine's "Pocket Sky Atlas" has found a place in the tool kit of many amateur astronomers. The convenient size makes it easy to use at the telescope without requiring a separate chart table.
These challenge objects are indexed to the star chart pages containing those objects. The idea is to have fun and perhaps expand your observing past the "usual suspects" that can be found because of past experiences. Seeing conditions may not allow finding these objects every night, but they should be visible at some point during the month.
With half the year gone, we now look forward 6 months of reunions with our old celestial friends. July is a good time to pull out the lawn chairs and do a little sit down binocular work. Hey, it’s Astronomy-to-Go, instead of Go-To Astronomy!
Star Party season is also in full swing. It is an interesting exercise to work through a list of objects at your usual observing site, and then compare the views to those you may find at your star party site. It also gives you a starting place to look under unfamiliar skies.
For those in more northern latitudes, waiting for darkness allows a bit of time to check out your equipment before starlight appears. Take a little extra time to get comfortable and set thing up to have them in easy reach.
I’ve indexed the object to its star chart page.
Eltanin and Rastaban, Page 52.
Rasalgethi and Rasalhague page 54. Two stars apparently close in the sky but are very different.
Kaus Borealis, Kaus Media and Kaus Australis, Page 67
M13, page 52.
NGC 6210, page 54.
NGC 5962 Page 55.
Blaze Star (T Coronae Borealis), Page 55.
Harvard 20, Page 64.
Small Scopes and Binoculars
Cebalrai, Page 54.
Marfik and Sabik Page56.
Epsilon Lyra, Page 63 (this will be nice in larger scopes as well).
Sulafat and Sheliak, Page 65.
NGC 6543, Page 51.
UGC 10822, Page 52.
IC 4665, Page 54.
Yed Prior and Yed Posterior, Page 56.
Published with permission of John Kulczycki, 2012 all rights reserved.
The London Centre of the RASC is proud to continue our support of the Cronyn Observatory Saturday Evening Open Houses. The summer hours are beginning on Saturday, May 3rd, and will continue every Saturday until August 30th. Time: 8:30—11:00 p.m.
RASC London Centre members are invited to bring their telescopes to set up on the roof patio and front lawn of the Cronyn Observatory.
Please vist the Hume Cronyn Observatory website for more information.
Cloudy skies with some later clearing greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Neil Bhatt made his digital slide presentation “The Sun” and fielded questions. Graduate student Nina Ivkovich was crowd manager and counted 14 visitors by 9:00 p.m. after 3 people had left. People came and went so that by the end of the evening Neil estimated that there had been about 20 visitors all together.Read more...
Cloudy skies greeted RASC London Centre Public Outreach Coordinator and Past President Dave McCarter for the slide presentation and star night at Fanshawe Conservation Area, Saturday, July 12th, 2014, 9:10—10:30 p.m. Since the sky was cloudy Dave did not set up his telescope but made his digital slide presentation “Space: It’s Closer Than You Think” on a screen near the boat launch area before an audience of 45 people. The campers greatly enjoyed Dave’s presentation despite the fact that cloudy skies ruled out observing.
Partly cloudy skies greeted 76—later increasing to 84—International and Exchange Students to the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, July 17th, 2014: 9:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel showed digital slides and discussed the Cronyn Observatory and astronomy courses at Western University as well as organizations such as the RASC London Centre, the Space Society of London (SSoL), the Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN) and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX). Parshati made her presentation twice.Read more...