Observing Session


Last night was my Astronomy Club, and then afterwards – taking up my duties as observations officer – we went out to the Observatory for a couple of hours.

Our primary target was Comet Panstarrs which was pretty much in the same field of view as M10 in Ophiuchus.

Last night’s Panstarrs view (image from Skysafari)

Going on though, we also had a good look at M12, the Saturn Nebula, then we took a sweep up through the planetary nebulae of the summer triangle – namely The Ring Nebula in Lyra and the Dumbbell nebula in Vulpecula.

The Moon rise put paid to our plans eventually though and after having a quick look at the Perigee Moon through the trees we decided to call it a night, but our achievement was unlocked – we saw Panstarrs!