Thanks to the Sky At Night, the BBC’s wonderful programme, I have a list of nice things to look for in my loaned telescope over the next couple of months. I was right in my assumpiton that the planet in the east in the evening is Jupiter, and judging from their pictures I also did see a Jupiter moon through the binoculars one time 🙂 I hope I get a better look at it through John’s telescope.
The main things I’ll be looking for are in the Pegasus & Andromeda area, where there are some interesting stars – I can find the great Square of Pegasus quite easily, thank goodness. And leading on from there are a number of galaxies which should be visible with a small telescope, including the one in Andromeda itself, which is practically a twin to our own. I must remember to keep a log book.
It’s too cloudy and windy to set the scope up tonight though. I’ve tried a couple of times and either I didnt have it set right (now worked out during the day) or it’s been cloudy or just too windy or hazy. But soon the weather will be just right!