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Monday, September 6th, 2004
What a way to end Labor Day! A glorious backyard night. Milky Way band, late moonrise and very clear seeing. Wonderful.

Tonight I accomplished what I wanted to from last night. that is to solidify in my mind the eastern rising constellations and the (most obvious) objects in them. This worked out perfect. I hit everything I did last night and added another one to the memory banks: M2 in Aquarius.

Satellite Tracking
Further, I did something I've wanted to toy with for some time now. It worked and it was fun. I used my 12" Dob to "track" a satellite. Now, I'm not talking about grabing it and falling over backwards as I slew the beast with my entire body (though I've done that before too...) I was looking at the Geosynchronous satellite that feeds my family entertainment: the *DIRECTV 7S. It was hilarious. Once I found it, and that by hopping field to field using Starry Night Pro to guide me, I just left the Dob in place. Because thhe satellite never [really] moves, it stayed in the center of my eyepiece the entire time as the stars moved passed it (in a sense). That's the FIRST object I've "tracked" with my trackless Dob! Cool. I think I'll play with that some more.

Andromeda
*Almach - Binary Star
This was amazing. I received an email from another user suggesting that I look at Gamma Andromedae/Almach. What a beautiful binary. A huge orange star (red giant I suppose) with a much smaller and younger blue/white star orbiting it. This is the most beautiful binaries I've seen yet. The Double-Double Epsilon Lyrae and the Triple Omicron Cygni to date have been my favorite multiple stars.





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