That doesn't sound very auspicious for astronomy this weekend, does it?
The sky teased with some periods of sunshine, so I staged the equipment just in case, but that seemed certain for naught.
Throughout the day, I watched this weather chart from a nearby weather station on the Weather Underground.
|Weather data is fun!|
By 2030, I had everything outside for a night of astronomy. Of course, at the time I didn't know how breazy it was going to be, but it turns out the the CPC 1100 isn't as easily buffeted by wind as my Dob.
Field rotation? What's that?
I took a good long peek at Comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) last night. It currently is the best opportunity to see a comet with a tail. I let SharpCap live stack over 10 minutes worth of frames and this is the result.
|C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 182 frames, 728 seconds.|
|Perseus A, 56 frames, 224 seconds, centered.|
|Bear Paw Galaxy 14 frames, 56 seconds.|
|M42 19 frames, 38 seconds.|