VIEWING REPORT TERREY HILLS SITE 5 MARCH 2016

8 03 2016

Another ideal night for observing at the Terrey Hills Site with clear skies. Early fears of smoke pollution from a hazard reduction burn at Belrose proved to be unfounded.

Another record attendance with a total of 30 members and visitors and 22 telescopes, in part made up by visitors with 5 telescopes.

The increase in attendance also applied to Astrophotography, with imagining carrying on well into the early hours.

After an initial problem with the two star alignment for my Meade LX90 eight inch, i personally had a great viewing night, with Jupiter rising early in the night and then observing a series of open and globular clusters, the Pleades and nebulae like the Orion Nebula, Tarantula Nebula & Barnard 33.

Again the site coped easily with the increased numbers, with the surfaced roadway being ideal for locating telescopes.

After a warm day, the evening was cool enough to require a warm jacket.

Ken Jones.

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