Interesting little asterism of stars near Arcturus.
Archive for June, 2011
Borrowed a cute little 6- inch Orion Starblast reflector telescope from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society’s loaner scope program yesterday and put it through its paces last night. Here’s a quick sketch from my log book of just one of the handful of globular star clusters I star-hopped to using it.
The Starblast is a blast to use, it sets up in 0 seconds, is sturdy and gives great views of the sky.
This scope reminds me of a Chihuahua that doesn’t know it’s a little dog and runs with the big dogs. Fearless!
I’m a fickle sky watcher. I like the Moon, double stars, globular clusters, open clusters–I can’t pick a favorite because everything in the sky fascinates me.
In the early 90′s I started observing things on pre-made lists that had types of targets with right ascension and declinations (an objects parking place in the sky) , along with size, magnitude and other brief details of the object. I highly recommend observing in a planned manner especially if you just concentrate on one type of object. Currently I’m working my way through a list of Milky Way Globular clusters. There are about 157 on the list and so far I’ve seen 95 of them.
Above is a copy of one of my log book sheets so you can see what I’ve been up to.
Globular clusters come in all sizes and brightnesses and some are sparse while others are so dense you can’t resolve stars. They look like starry mirror balls so to speak and for years I’ve been intrigued by these glowing stars gravitationally bound to each other. Imagine being close to one or living near one where there’s a million Suns in the sky!!!
Pardon my scriggly handwriting. When you write in the dark with a dim red flashlight, things tend to be a little messy on paper.