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Drunken Binos

MattJenko

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Friday night. Had quite a few drinks. Took my dog out just before bedtime and lo and behold. The stars are out.

Got the sunlounger lined up at the summer triangle, got Stellarium on my MacBook in night mode, got a rug for my dog, and a blanket for me and with a set of 10x50 binos borrowed from NEAS went to work. Very enjoyable.

Reminded myself that I still remembered the star names in Cygnus + the various stars around the triangle and through to Arcturus. Meandered around Hercules and spotted M13. Fuzzy, wobbly, but still great.

Realised from Stellarium that there were 2 more Messier objects in this area as well. M29 + M39, both open clusters. Found M39 nice and easily. Nice line of standout stars pointing right at it. Looks good in binoculars, more than just a fuzz. Familiarised myself with that area before hunting for the more elusive M29 which was duly found. I also looked out for the various local nebulas and with some averted vision managed to convince my drunken self that I had found them. I think a second confirmation session is required before I can tick them off when I ever get round to doing proper logging of my sessions, no matter how inebriated.

Split Alberio, just and then after some more simple wanderings around Delphinus, called it a night. I do wish the skies were like this more often.

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