I still haven't completed a non-lunar challenge object with my scope - and now that I have my camera attachment system figured out, hopefully that will change in October. This month I made attempts at Gamma Delphini and Beta Cephei but I couldn't resolve two stars with my camera. And, in the case of Beta Cephei, I couldn't resolve them in my scope either. I definitely need to practice with my scope because it looks like next month has some more double stars on the docket!
I also had difficulty imaging any Messier objects in my scope. I made an honest attempt at M4 near Antares but couldn't get it to show up even on the long exposures. If I can't get even smudge at 8 seconds how can I get anything to stack?
I missed a couple easy lunar targets this month mainly because I didn't have good weather during the appropriate phase and/or didn't have time to go out on those dates. What a waste! I also feel the need to take moon photos in my scope now that I have it - but with more gear comes more set up time and more excuses not to get it all set up. I definitely understand how guys with $10,000 setups only wait for really nice conditions or head out west - it's too much of a pain on mediocre nights.
- Alpha-1/2 Capricorni, “Algiedi”, Multiple Star in Capricornis
- Omicron-1 Cygni, Triple Star in Cygnus
- Gamma Delphini, Double Star in Delphinus
- NGC 7009, the “Saturn Nebula”, Planetary Nebula in Aquarius
- 61 Cygni, Double Star in Cygnus
- M15, Globular Cluster in Pegasus
- M2, Globular Cluster in Aquarius
- M39, Open Cluster in Cygnus
- Mare Nectaris, first quarter Moon
- Mare Humorum, third quarter Moon
- Challenge Object: Beta Cephei, Double Star in Cepheus