Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Visual binocular observations Aug 6th

It cleared enough at 2130 GMT for a binocular scan. It was somewhat clearer than on 4th  but not quite dark. I  with Melotte 20 as a sighter/focusing object. Looked superb as usual. I decided to explore Sagittarius and found M20 and M8 well enough but they were not quite at their best. M22 showed well and M24 was its usual self. M15 was visible. I also saw Alpha Capricornii, a wide double star. A check of Mizar had me thinking for a minute that I’d made a clean split but it was wishful thinking.

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