LCAS Observer Challenge
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Launch!!!
The LCAS Observer Challenge has been launched! Are you off the launch pad yet? This last month I started to view and rate some of the basic Messier objects in the May/June as well as the July/August challenge list. The 'basic' objects were generally visible and could be appreciated even with some moonlight and light polluted skies. While I plan to focus on the July/August list at the July Dark Sky star party in Hebron, I am taking advantage of any clear night from my driveway to view ahead and behind on the list for those objects that are visible from my location (the ones that are not behind a telephone pole or just over the roof of my house!). I expect I'll refine my ratings at the Dark Sky site, but I already have Albireo on my list of rated favorites. It doesn't seem to matter if you are in light polluted or dark skies; I always enjoy spending a little time with this double.
I'm currently building the list of your favorite non- Messier objects to complete the non-Messier challenge list, but the list won't be our best unless YOU contribute! Please send me your favorites at any time to my email below. I would like as many as possible by the end of July to create the update for the August Night Times. Eventually we'll see how other members compare in rating your favorite astronomical objects. Many of our newer astronomers are looking for some guidance on what's interesting to see in the night sky. What you like, others are likely to enjoy as well.
As a reminder, the master list and some observing tools are available for your use. If you are a member on the Yahoo group, you can get them at http://www.lcas-astronomy.org in the files section, or email me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to send you a pdf file of any or all of the following:
- Observer Lists
- 3 UP Log Sheet
- 4 UP Log Sheet
- Star Party (July and/or August) Observer Challenge Planner
- Submit your favorites form
Have fun! And remember to submit your favorites, ratings and accomplishments to Dave Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org).Published in the July 2004 issue of the NightTimes