Observing site: Ulvila observatory, Finland
Instrument: C280/2750 mm (11” Catadioptric)
Darkness of the background sky: 3
Weather: Clear sky, calm, +13C
Objects observed: NGC 6834
During the night between 30th and 31st of August 2016, I stayed at the Ulvila observatory after the club meeting after everyone else had already left.
During the night, I observed just one object, which was NGC 6834, an open cluster in southernmost part of Cygnus, just at Cygnus-Vulpecula boundary. The cluster is located about 5 degrees NE from beta Cyg. Of this open cluster, I wrote following notes:
@117x: a rather small, pretty faint open cluster, compact, rather well detached.
So, that was all of my observations from August 2016! During August, I made 8 observations during 4 sessions. The weather during August was surprisingly cloudy, and I didn’t have more observing opportunities. Anyway, there was one really good session in the late August (27./28.8.), when I was able to do as many as 5 observations.
Darkness of the background sky: 1
Weather: Clear sky, light breeze, dry air, no dew problems! +13 – +11 °C
Objects observed: NGC 6756, 7296, 7510, 7142, 1245
In late August I was able to go to observing in my Stormälö observing site, in Parainen, in the archipelago of Turku! The night was as close to perfect as it ever can be! It was warm and air was dry, which made observing very pleasent!
During the night I made 5 observations, first object of the night for me was NGC 6756, and open cluster in Aquila. The object is located near NGC 6755, another, slightly brighter open cluster in the constellation. These two objets are located 4,5 WNW from delta Aql. Of this object, I wrote following notes:
@120x: a small, faint open cluster, pretty well detached from it’s background, compact. Most of the stars visible as a starglow.
NGC 7296 (= NGC 7295)
My next target was NGC 7296, an open cluster located in the constellation of Lacerta. The object is locatd just at the “head” of the lizard, only 45′ E from Beta Lac. Of this object, I wrote following notes:
@120x: a small, faint open cluster in rich star field. Compact, pretty well detached from the background, not very rich.
The third object of my night was NGC 7510, an open cluster in the easternmost part of Cepheus, about 5 degrees NE from delta Cep, about halfway between Beta Cas and delta Cep. Of this object I wrote following notes:
@120x: a small, compact open cluster, well detached from the background, the cluster has pretty large brightness range. The cluster is triangular in shape, the long axis of the cluster is in SW-NE -direction.
After having observed NGC 7510, I aimed my scope to NGC 7142, yet another open cluster in Cepheus. This cluster is located about 5 degrees SE from beta Cep and 4 degrees NE from alpha Cep. Of this object, I wrote following notes:
@120x: a faint-starred open cluster, not very concentrated, not very ell detached from the background, small brightness range, at least the brightest stars of the cluster are in a shape of an arc that is opening towards south.
The fift and last object for me for this night was NGC 1245, an open cluster located in the constellation of Perseus, just 3 degrees SW from alpha Per. Of this object, I wrote as follows:
@120x: A faint-starred, pretty rich open cluster, well detached from the background, pretty well concentrated and compact, the cluster has moderate brightness range. The stars of the cluster appear to be in shape of arc or bow.
Darkness of the background sky: 4
Weather: Partly cloudy sky, calm
Objects observed: NGC 1513
During night between 11./12.8.2016, we went out with my fellow astronomy friends to have a perseid party in Leistilänjärvi, Nakkila. During the night we were able to observe several perseid meteors, and besides this, also some distant lightnings!
Besides observing perseid meteors, I also observed some variable stars and I also made one deep sky observing. The object of my choice was NGC 1513, an open cluster in Perseus, located halfway between mu and lambda Persei. Of this object I wrote following notes:
@120x: a rather small, poor cluster, the cluster is pretty well detached from it’s background, not very well concentrated. Most of the stars of the cluster appear to be in a ring-shape.
Darkness of the background sky: 4
Weather: Clear sky, windy, some high clouds, +12 C
Objects observed: NGC 7062, (variable stars)
The opening of deep sky observing season 2016-2017! The sky was still light, and there were some high clouds, but still I decided to start the deep sky season. Besides observing deep sky, I also observed variable stars in the early evening.
During the night, I made only one deep sky observation, the object of my choice was NGC 7062, an open cluster in northern part of Cygnus, about 7° ENE from Deneb. Of this object, I wrote following notes:
@120x: A rather small, compact, pretty faint open cluster. The brightness range of the cluster appears to be considerably large, the cluster is well detached from it’s background.