Sunday 28th October 2018 – 20:00-20:24
Probably my favourite of the two ice giants, I’d not seen Uranus for several months, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to view it again. It appeared quite bright through the eyepiece, with a slight disk visible.
Continuing the theme of objects that have been absent from the skies for a while, the Double Cluster came next. Arguably the most stunning open cluster (technically two clusters adjacent to one another) in the sky, it really is a sight to behold. Tonight was no exception and it was breathtaking.
The Andromeda Galaxy – M31 – is high in the sky at this time, and the galactic nucleus was very evident. I was unable to see M32 or M110, but this session was mainly a quick test run, so I didn’t spend much time trying to see them.
Mars still graces the skies, and it looked decent through the telescope although it was too bright to pick out any surface features (and I left the moon filter indoors – again due to the fact that this was a quick test session).
I finished the session on Albireo, another of my favourites. It looked very bright and the colours were very apparent.