1995 Observing Sessions

May 26/27
Time: 23:00 - 04:00 EDT
Location: The Farm
Telescope: Meade 8-inch LX2 SCT
Activity: Deep Sky Observing

Arrived at The Farm around 22:00 with Walter MacDonald and Doug Clapp. Excellent night - warm, no dew at all and very still. Observed a total of 21 "new" objects on this night. The objects were all galaxies in Leo Minor, Coma Bernices, and Leo.

NGC 3003, NGC 3021, NGC 3432, NGC 3430, NGC 3424, NGC 3413, NGC 3395, NGC 3396, NGC 3412, NGC 3377, NGC 4251, NGC 4448, NGC 4245, NGC 4274, NGC 4283, NGC 4278, NGC 4314, NGC 4150, NGC 4559, NGC 4565, NGC 4494.

July 2
Time: 22:30 - 00:00 EDT
Location: York Region Forest
Telescope: Meade 8-inch LX2 SCT
Activity: Deep Sky Observing

This site is located on Hwy 48, just north of Aurora side road in Markham. Several people were there including Norm Folkers. The site suffers from suburban light pollution. Observed 1 "new" deep sky object - NGC 4111, a galaxy in Canes Venatici.

July 30/31
Time: 22:30 - 03:00 EDT
Location: The Farm
Telescope: Meade 8-inch LX2 SCT
Activity: Deep Sky Observing

Arrived at The Farm around 19:45 with Walter MacDonald.

This is as close as I've come to a comet discovery. All night I was observing deep sky objects in Sagittarius. About 10 days later (in early August), Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered near a brighter deep sky object in Sagittarius!!! Had I covered a larger area of Sagittarius while observing on that night, I would have most likely spotted the comet first!

I observed 11 "new" deep sky objects, all open clusters in Sagittarius: Ru 131, Cr 347, Cr 351, Tr 31, Bochum 14, NGC 6583, NGC 6595, NGC 6589, NGC 6590, Tr 33, NGC 6507.

August 24 - 26

Starfest '95

Time: 22:00 - 00:00 EDT
Location: Mount Forest, Ontario
Telescope: Meade 8-inch LX2 SCT
Activity: Deep Sky Observing
   
Cloudy all night on both Thursday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 26. On Friday night, Aug. 25, some clouds in the evening, then completely clouded over around midnight. On Friday night I observed Comet Hale-Bopp, which was about 1 degree south of NGC 6224. It was fairly bright, round, diffuse, no distinct nucleus, no tail. I also observed 2 "new" objects - NGC 6888 and NGC 7129.

Here I am, posing with my wife Elsie, at Starfest 95.


Year End Stats
No. of observing sessions 4
Approx. telescope time 13 hours
"New" deep sky objects found 35
No. of comets seen 1
No. of auroral displays seen 0
Total deep sky objects observed by end of '95 590
Observing Frequency
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0


Final Comments: A terrible year for observing. Only went out four times, but still managed to "squeeze in" 36 new deep sky objects. I guess now that I'm married things have changed a bit!!! (I got married in December 1994).