2011

First trial of the planetary camera

After a permanently clouded fall, we finally got a clear sky.  We were about 10 people observing, part of the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton University.  The weather was cool, actually too warm for mid-December.  This introduced a lot of humidity and the seeing was quite bad. 

We had the time to observe Jupiter, M57, the Pleiades and M2.  Then the Moon started to cast a luminous veil on the sky, but was hiding behind a building, so we decided to stop.

I also had the time to record a 30 sec video of Jupiter and Io and stack the best frames together.  Here's the result.

Jupiter and Io

 

Short observing session

A very short observing session that ended prematurely because of clouds.  Here's a very quick snapshot of the Moon.

Moon