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Monday, August 25

Dark skies return and the first meeting of the new season

The skies are getting dark at a more sociable hour now signalling the start of a new observing season. Last night I spent an hour or so under partly clear skies checking out the new society telescope readying it to be put into service. I am glad to say it acquitted itself well, efficiently locating a good section of Messier objects prominent at this time of year. The globular clusters M2,M15,M13 and the double cluster in Perseus looked particularly nice, as did the planetary nebulae M27 (dumbell)and M57 (ring) The Galaxies were less spectacular as the moon was rising by this time but M82 (cigar) showed up nicely.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 26th is the first meeting after the summer break so if you want to make use of the new telescope, come along and take your "driving test" which will enable you to borrow it between meetings, provided you are a fully paid up member.

Hope to see you there
Robin

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