|The Summer Skies..|
Out came a blanket and a good sized cushion to prop my head against.
I made myself comfortable by lying on the warm garden path, and with my 7x50 binoculars beside me I began my tour of the Summer Triangle, and it's surrounding companions.
I spent a while bino viewing Deneb, though I was soon mesmerised by the bright lights of the surrounding star fields, it was time to venture along that Milky expanse....
Last night's view of our Galaxy was particularly magical, I spent ages just simply drinking in the galactic photons. They renergised my astro batteries beautifully.
As part of my astro tour, I stopped off at Aquila, and was able to capture Altair and it's companions of Tarazed and Alshain in the same field of view of the 7x50's.
Now it was time to see Collinder 399 the Coathanger asterism. This little asterism is always worth a good long look....
Next stop M57, or what I thought might be M57..!
I know the 7x50's are pushing it, but I thought I caught a glimpse of that most wonderful of planetary nebulae.... but really I think my brain was filling in the astro gaps...!!
|Vega: the harp star|
Off then to Vega, what a beautiful star, so bright so white.
So lovely hanging there at the zenith, like the bright light atop a Christmas tree..
It was great to be actually observing again. The apalling weather these past few months has really tested the patience of many an astronomer in the county.
|Due to the ever growing trees, this is the extent of my Southerly viewing.|
I can 't believe that July is nearly over, and that I still haven't seen the Teapot this year.
I really wanted to see the Teapot from our garden, but as you can see from the above picture, I have no chance...!!! it's sadly lost somewhere in the neighbouring trees...
I'll just have to go astro-mobile one night soon and catch me that Teapot......
Maybe it's time to grab the tent and go for a nighttime walkabout up on the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire.....
Fingers crossed for more of this wonderful weather....