Your Guide to Observing the Night Sky. There are lots of things to look for in the night sky, constellations, stars of different colours, planets, galaxies and of. Every observer should have a basic astronomy guide (see pages 1 47) and read it. At latitude of New York. stars within 41 ° of the north celestial pole never. Naked Eye, Binocular, or Small Backyard Telescope Night Sky. Observing Guide A good, basic online resource for currently visible night sky objects, e.g.
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Finding M 1 3: Section of a star map indicates how bright stars can be used for locating faint objects. To find M13, find Vega, then find the "square" of Hercules to the west. For a more etailed explana tion, see text on facing page. Piscis Austrin us. Then, with the help of the chart, if necessary, we find the constel lation i n the sky and identify Foma lhaut. Now we spot a faint comet in the constel lation Cas siopeia, and we want to report it. Noting the position of the comet with reference to stars in the constel lation, we plot the position as precisely as possi ble on a star chart.
Consequently, most observing guides published during that time emphasized double and multiple stars, with honorable mention for variable stars and planetary nebulae, objects which do well in long focal length refractors.
By the s the mass-produced or homemade 6-inch parabolic mirror brought medium-sized optics into the price range of the average amateur, and with it the emission nebulae, open clusters, and galaxies that had been seen only as amorphous blobs-if seen at all-in small refractors. By the early 80s another revolution in amateur optics was underway thanks to the inexpensive and easily-constructed mounting for large aperture Newtonian reflectors invented by John Dobson.
But once again observing literature failed to keep pace with the optics.
It all began in when George Kepple and Glen Sanner, founded the Observers Guide, a bi-monthly magazine that set out to describe, with their readers as active participants, what could be seen with telescopes 8-inches and larger from mid-northern latitudes. Unlike an ordinary magazine it would have a finite life because each issue was devoted to one-or occasionally several smaller constellations.
When completed in the early s 64 constellations had been covered. In , in search of warmer weather and the pursuit of his lifelong love of astronomy, George Kepple moved from Pennsylvania to the clear skies of southwest.
He was soon rewarded when he struck up an acquaintance with Ian Cooper of New Zealand. The answer was a resounding yes. The Setting circles: With these, a telescope is easily sighted. Point the telescope due south and clamp it in declination equa l to the Dec of the star. Watch the field of view, and when the sta r is observed i n the center set your watch or a clock to agree with the RA of the sta r.
This wi l l serve as a siderea l clock for the evening. When the circles are properly adj usted, the RA circle will read o when the teiescope is pointed due south. Then, to find any star, simply find out how far the star is from the meridian: that is, its hour a n g le HA , east or west. Remem ber: siderea l time is reckoned conti nuously from 0 to 24 hours.
Assume you want to sig ht the star Algieba y Leonis in the constel lation Leo. That is, the sta r is 2h 40m east of the meridia n.
Now as sume ST is 1 3h som, which is 3h 33m g reater than RA. The HA or star is that fa r west of the meridian. Elusive objects: I n time exposu res mode at observatories, many neb ulas such as this one M8 1 in Ursa Major become strongly p romi ne nt.
As seen i n small telescopes they a re usua l ly faint. Wilson and Palomar Obs. For the telescope: This portion of chort used by observers of vorioble stars covers a n a rea i n Triang u l u m. Divisions a re a bout 1 squa re a typical field in a small telescope. Dots a re stars; magnitudes are given with decimal poi nts omitted. Under best conditions, only two sta rs wou ld be visible to unaided eyes-those marked 58 ond Strong 50mm binoculars might detect sta rs as fai nt as A 3-inch telescope wou l d be needed for 1 1 6.
Then unclamp the RA axis and turn tube east or west as the case may be to desired a n g le on RA circle, and there is Algieba.
A different method of finding an object is possi ble if the telescope has a mova ble hour circle ma rked from Oh to 24h. Get a brig ht sta r in the center of the field. Turn the circle to read its RA. To fi nd the object, turn the telescope unti l the circle reads the RA of this object.
The shadows on the opposite hemispheres d iffer i n d i rection.
The Moon at full phase would look flat, show little de tail, because of lack of shadows. Lick Obs. This bleak, airless sphere is a bout 2, 1 60 mi les in diameter, and revolves around Ea rth at an average dista nce of some , mi les, completi ng one revolution in a bout 27 days.
The lunar orbit is an ellipse, not a true circle; so the distance of the Moon from Earth changes. Since the Moon rotates on its axis i n the sa me time it ta kes to revolve around Ea rth, the lunar hemisphere visi ble to us remains a bout the sa me.
Librations appar ent tilting due to the Moon's motions with respect to Earth make a tota l of about 59 per cent of the lunar surface visi ble each month. But the Moon has no atmos phere to fl lter the flerce rays.
The lunar surface in day lig ht, therefore, gets intensely hot-something like F.