1987 Observing Sessions
Using the University's 12-inch Questar, located in the
east end of Toronto, I took several photos
of Saturn, with some good results (photos coming
Looked for Comet Sorrels (estimated mag. was 10.5) but
did not see it. Took several photos
of the Moon and Jupiter with the 12-inch Questar,
with some good results. (photos coming soon).
Took several photos of Saturn
with some good results (photos coming soon). I also
looked at some brighter Messier objects - M57 was very
well defined, while M13 was resolved to the core! This
telescope in a dark sky would be amazing!
From Walter MacDonald's backyard
in Oshawa. Good clear sky, I could see part of the Summer
Milky Way. Observed many Messier objects, plus 1 "new" deep sky object:
I went scouting for a medium-dark sky site, within
half hour of Toronto. I found a golf course called Cherry Downs, located between the
towns of Brougham and Claremont,
which are north of Pickering. I quickly got permission to
observe from the golf course by the owner, who was in a
very good mood after having had a few drinks too many!!
I took a chance, and got clouded out. No observing.
|August 21 - 22
Arrived on Friday evening. Observed several Messier
objects then at about midnight it clouded over, and later
in the night it rained. Went home Saturday evening
because it was cloudy.
FarmFest '87. With Walter MacDonal, Doug Clapp, and Randy
Hendriks. I was dewed up most of the night because
I fried my heating element (the wires short circuted with
a fizzle and a cloud of smoke!). I observed a few Messier
objects, a few meteors, and saw the
Zodiacal Lights for the first time.
Looked for Comet Rudenko (1987u) but failed to find
it, probably because it was only 10 degrees above the
horizon and I was viewing over severly light polluted
skies. Saw NGC 7009, the "Saturn Nebula", which
looked very much like an out-of-focus Saturn. I observed 1 "new" deep sky
object: NGC 7772.
From Cherry Downs Golf Course. Observed 1 "new" deep sky
object: NGC 7380, as well as several Messier
From the balcony in my backyard in Scarborough, I
first spotted Comet Bradfield
in 16 x 50 binoculars. It was easy to see in the
binoculars and there was even the hint of a very small
tail. In the telescope at 100x, the nucleus was bright
and condensed, while a very wide fan-shaped tail was hard
to distinguish from the large coma. Its magnitude was
From Cherry Downs Golf Course. Comet
Bradfield was quite impressive with a noticeable
tail at 50x, which was not as wide & fan-shaped as I
had observed on November 10. Tonight the tail was longer
and thinner. Two brighter stars were shining through the
Comet's tail (neat effect). The comet was in the same
field of view as NGC 6633 in Ophiuchus. Its magnitude was
|Year End Stats||
|Final Comments:||A very poor year for deep sky observing (in fact, the worst ever!). I spent lots of time doing planetary photography using the University's telescope and doing casual Messier observing. Saw a nice comet and a nice aurora.|