Observing Evening at the Sportsman Inn

We had a clear night!

After a healthy helping of the excellent food and drink in the Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road, we ventured outside to set up.

An early ISS pass really kicked off the evening, with a 12″ Dobsonian being used for visual observations, and a 9.5″ SCT, small refractor and a DSLR camera being used for imaging.

We spent a great deal of time looking at the M42 Orion Nebula through the Dob using a Narrow-Band Pass filter to get some additional contrast. The just-past-full Moon rose around 20:15 which bleached out most of the faint fuzzies, however once the NPB filter was replaced with a polariser, we had some cracking view of the moon which, like Norway, has some lovely crinkly edges along the terminator.

In the meantine, our imagers were taking in M42 and M82 which is one of the two galaxies that make up Bode’s Nebula.

Image Credit: Madeleine Davis