These days I have hardly any energy to go on a real observing session out there, somewhere. Nights are short and not very dark. So hardcore observing can be done only between 01:00 and 03:00 and during a normal day of the week that hardly ever happens.
Luckily my dobson is a bit of a grab ‘n go telescope too! I set it up in daylight next to the shed and at around midnight I had a look at a couple of things. List in no particular order:
- M13 the mother of all globulars
- M57 classic PN
- M27 also a classic PN
- Albireo is the famous bright blue and yellow optical double star in Cygnus
- Omicron Cygni a.k.a. 30 Cygni (Flamsteed) which consists of no less than three star systems!
- couldn’t find the Blinking Planetary which I found weird as it is pretty bright..
- could hardly see the Veil Nebula with NPB filter
- finally bagged the famous “double double” in Vega (Epsilon Lyrae)
All in all not a bad score for a night under extremely bright skies. Having 14 inches of aperture is luxurious! Having it this light is ridiculous. I will change something to the way the trusses are mounted to the LTA soon so I can load it in a small vehicle too. The station wagon will soon be sold and I will try Greenwheels for a while. This thing will fit but only if the trusses can be taken off easily.