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May 20, 2010 May 22, 2010

Posted by orionrising in Observing.
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Clothesrack Organization of Faint Stars in Leo

Object: Stars

Site: Front Yard

Seeing: Good

Transparency: 3

Type: Deep-Sky

Constellation: Leo

Magnification: 10x

FOV: 4.8 Degrees

Observing Time: 10:40 pm – 10:58 pm

Notes: Clothesrack-style organization of four stars: two from Leo the Lion, HIP 56500, HIP 55713.  Moon was out tonight too, in First Quarter.  Saturn and Mars were in the sky as well, Saturn sporting a creamy-yellow hue as always.  Very warm weather the past day, but it’s more comfortable now.  All four stars were bluish-white.  At first it was difficult to find a decent reference point for this arrangement of stars, so it got lost easily and I spent a good minute trying to find it again.   I need to practice my star-hopping skills.  This is part of the training that binoculars gives to a stargazer; with a telescope it is even easier to become utterly lost.  With practice, even faint stars can become signposts to finding the objects you want, not just the bright stars.

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