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New Year Observing Sessions


The new year has lead to a few potential nights of observing. The main problem over the last few weeks has been the cold and also the snow. So far in January there have been about 4 nights when the sky would have been good enough for observing. However the weather cooperating is only half of the picture.

Another issue now is the lack of locations for observing. due to the track for snowmobiles at the tiny marsh site there is no way of entering the car park safely without bottoming the car on the ice. The last time we tried to get in there the car-park was in accessible. We’re trying to find another location but if that fails it looks like there will be minimal observing for the next couple of months.

Last observing session of 2010


Cold but not cold enough

The night seemed like it would be a great session, the day started really well with little / no cloud and the evening drew in like that also. The evenign meant packing up the car and setting off to Tiny Marsh for a session observing. However the sky milked over and the seeing was very bad. To cxap it all after a wonder clear day,  I beached the car in a snow bank and ended up having to dig myself out of the snow ….

Had a little difficulty remembering how to use the telescope as this was the first time it had been out for a while. But did enjoy the following object M1, M35, M36, M37, M38, M42, M45 and Jupiter.

So this was a night of fun with a lot of things going on.

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