Author Archives: Dave Owen

Deep Sky – December 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Auriga culminates, reaches its highest point in our sky, at about midnight in mid December. However, even at about 21:00, in mid December, it is about 60 degrees above the horizon and conditions should be excellent for finding the 3 bright star clusters included in Charles Messier’s 18th century list of comet […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – November 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Perseus is about 60 degrees high, and still rising, at about 21:00 GMT in mid November. This can mean  that  some  objects  in  this  constellation,  especially  with  Dobsonian  telescopes,  can  be difficult  to  see near  its passage through our zenith. Therefore, they can sometimes be seen more easily when they are still […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – October 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Cassiopeia rises to considerable altitudes during the course of October evenings. There are a very large number of star clusters in this constellation that are easily visible in quite small telescopes. Although Charles Messier, in the 1780’s only noted two in his catalogue of around 100 nebulous objects; M52 and M103. William […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – September 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Capricorn, dim and indistinct  in light polluted skies, due to its low altitude, reaches its highest elevation above our horizon in mid September at about 22:30 BST. It is worth hunting for its only Messier object, the small globular star cluster M30, (RA 21:40, Dec -23:11 epoch 2000). It is only about […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky August 2008 – Dave Owen

The constellation of Delphinus, the Dolphin, reaches its highest point in our skies, due south, at about midnight in the middle of August. Although the individual stars are fairly faint, it is easier to see than the fainter constellation of Vulpecula that lies on its northern border. Although it contains no Messier Objects, it does […] Continue Reading »

Solar Eclipse 11th August 1999 Report: David Owen (Penzance, Cornwall)

Despite not seeing the solar eclipse due to cloud, I was impressed by the sudden darkness for just 2 minutes. It was worth travelling 12 hours there and 12 hours for the return journey to see the eclipse even though it was cloudy, I hope the next one will be better. Continue Reading »