1998 Observing Sessions
First time out observing this year. Arrived on site at
about 22:15. Stephen Keefer
was also there. Observed several galaxies in Corvus and
Virgo, however by about midnight Virgo is already in the
south-west where light pollution from Oshawa and Toronto
is interfering. But, I could still see these because they
all were in the mag. 10 to mag. 11 range, which is
Arrived on site at about 22:30. Mike
D'Angelo and Mike Cook
were also there. It was quite clear, cool with a slight
breeze, and some dew later in the night. I observed 10 "new" galaxies
in Ursa Major.
20 - 22
Nothing but clouds each night on Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday night (Aug. 20, 21, 22). Woke up Sunday morning
to rain. Set up my scope on Friday night and was able to
view M57 through "sucker holes" in the clouds,
but then it clouded over completely within half-hour.
Extremely active aurora with lots of
"flames" shooting up from the northern horizon
all the way up to the zenith. Some "rays"
structures as well. Fairly bright, even from the city.
This is believed to be the first major geomagnetic storm
of the new solar cycle maximum.
Arrived on site at about 20:30. Mike
D'Angelo and his wife, Lynn, were also there. It
was quite windy and mild with a temperature of about 10
deg. C., which is quite warm for this time of the year.
Consequently the sky was not the greatest due to moisture
in the air. I rated the sky about 5/10.
|Year End Stats||
|Final Comments:||1998 was a rather disappointing year for observing, although I made good use of the May and July observing sessions. I did little observing this year because of the birth of our first son, Michael, in February.|