Saturday, August 14, 2010
A Clear Night at Lick
Last night, took 4 friends to the Lick Observatory for the summer visitor program. Unlike the last two years, the viewing through the scopes was great this year. We had clear skies and good seeing. This also meant I could get the image I've been after since last year, one with the large dome facing the milky way.
We were first in line to get into the observatory. There was a gentleman there with an Astrophysics 160 "Starfire" trained on the sun which gave some very nice views of solar activity while waiting for the observatory to open.
We saw the Omega Nebula (M17) through the 36" refractor and a globular cluster (M92) in Hercules through the 40" reflector.
In addition, we saw Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons through the AP 160 as well as Andromeda through an AP 130 "Gran Turismo". We also saw the Great Cluster in Hercules (M13) through a Celestron C11. All the views were great and a fun time was had by all.