Jump to content


Lesson learned.....Plan ahead

Recommended Posts

Well i just returned from a weeks holiday in North Wales. I took my scope along hoping to have some clear skies. Well as per UK weather only had one clear night. I set everything up and looked up at the night sky expecting the ussual suspects. Well i got a suprise the sky was much darker here than at home. There must have been 3 times more visible stars than i am used too and yes i got totally lost. It took me a while to get my bearings but without any idea of what i wanted to see and the excitement of seeing darker skies i never really got see anything new. Except for the spiral cluster which i could make out with the naked eye so explored that for a bit (which was quite amazing) then it was back to Jupiter and orions nebulae. So i think its time i sat down and started planning some sessions. Very big lesson learned ?

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Get a pocket sky atlas that stays with the rest of your kit, then at you can have a go at some of the things it lists, once you've found a familiar constellation. I was at a dark site a couple of weeks ago, it was the first time I could make out cancer and I could see the beehive cluster with the naked eye - amazing. Having the pocket atlas meant that I was able to fond my way to the other open cluster in cancer too.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice, honest post, Beefy. The thing is that now you know, now you can plan.

Most of us, more's the pity, just don't see those skies and it's easy to be disoriented when we do. 

But when we do - ain't it just great?! Plan or no plan.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.