8pm – 10pm

Moon night, 8.4 days old, 60% illumination. Uranus is the only planet visible, at an altitude of about 25 degrees.

The brightness of the Moon will interfere somewhat with the observation of deep-sky objects, but brighter objects will still be visible. There are many types of deep-sky objects. Some that will be available for viewing, and may be observed, are shown below. Not as much detail and color will be visible through the eyepiece as is in these photos, however, seeing them “live” and in person is always rewarding:

Open Cluster: M35 in Gemini

Diffuse Nebula and star-forming region: M42/43 in Orion

Planetary Nebula: NGC 2392 in Gemini

Galaxy: M31/32 in Andromeda

Globular Cluster: no bright examples of globular clusters are visible at this observing session. They tend to be concentrated around the center of our Galaxy, and therefore more visible during the summer months.

Double stars:
Gamma Andromeda
Castor (in Gemini)

Red stars:
R Leporis (in Lepus)

The photos shown on this page are courtesy of Joe Roberts, an ASGH member. Visit his website to see more of his excellent astrophotography.