After the fantastic weather – thunder and lightning. Looked outside about 11pm and saw that all the clouds had cleared so took the opportunity to get outside quick. By 12MN, it was surprisingly dark and I could even see the Milky Way – A rarity in Limavady!
Rather than haul out my heavy lead acid battery, I tried out my 22Ah Tracer light-weight lithium power pack. This performed impeccably for the 90 minutes or so I was out. Eventually the cloud closed in, but I managed to see 5 new Messier objects and 4 Herschel 400s in Perseus.
I used the iPAD app “DS Browser” to check that I was looking at the right open cluster – you just dial in the catalogue number and it produces a DSS image and some useful information about viewing times.
M22 GC Sagittarius* “Crackerjack cluster”
M28 GC Sagittarius*
M72 GC Aquarius
M73 Asterism Aquarius
M76 PN Perseus “Little dumbbell”
NGC 1513 OC Perseus
NGC 1528 OC Perseus*
NGC 1342 OC Perseus
NGC 1444 OC Perseus