1999 Observing Sessions
On February 23 Venus and Jupiter were in conjunction
in the Western sky, separated by on a quarter degree. I
took a series of photographs right up till the day before
closest approach. Of course, on the actual night it was
cloudy! So, I used some digital photo manipulation to
create a fake conjunction shot!
First time out with a telescope for 1999. Set up specifically to observe and time the asteroidal occultation by Ophelia at about 23:00 hrs. I recorded a negative observation as the path had shifted slightly south.
Also, observed 2 new objects:
Cr 89 (OC in Gem) and NGC 3941 (G in UMa), but failed to
see NGC 3184 (G in UMa). (S.B. = surface
This was an experimental night of deep sky observing from the city. I chose four galaxies that are in the same field of view as other bright stars/objects (thus easy to locate) and checked for visibility. Here are my results: (S.B. = surface brightness)
Arrived on site at 21:20, Spilios Asimakopoulos was also there. Had to contend with clouds between 22:30 and 23:15, and again between 00:30 and 01:00.
Observed 6 "new"
Also saw the Helix Nebula (NGC
7293), which I had not seen in a long time. My comments
from my logbook read "Huge & bright, I can't
believe it's so large and easy to see. Great!"
|September 4 - 10||Strategically booked a family vacation around new
moon. We rented a cottage on Stoney Lake, near Lakefield,
Ontario, at the Pine Vista Resort. The previous week had
been a typical sunny and cool "early September"
week, but of course once I took time off for observing
the weather turned on me. Most of the week was hot, hazy,
and humid with lots of thunderstorms and clouds!!! The
weather was just miserable. I only got a couple of hours
of observing done on Sept. 8 as outlined below:
Lots of moisture in the air with tons of dew, also
lots of local light pollution from the resort. Generally
a poor sky, but I had to make the most of it. I observed 3 "new" galaxies in
|Year End Stats||
|Final Comments:||1999 was a rather disappointing year for observing.|