A brilliant night with my friends from BEA on Halidon Hill last night. I had my 10 inch Skywatcher Dobsonian on hand and it provided excellent views during the evening. I took this picture of the first quarter moon with the phone camera held at the eyepiece of the telescope:
A personal highlight for me was picking out Mercury from the bright twilight and getting a glimpse of the crescent phase at high magnification. Venus was nearby in the sky and glaringly bright through the telescope.
Other objects on view were the multiple star system Castor in Gemini, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades and the galaxy pair M81 and M82 in Ursa Major. I also showed off NGC 457 (aka the E.T. Cluster) although it seems not everyone was able to join the dots to see the shape :-)
Halidon Hill is a great spot to do some observing and last night was the second time I'd been there. A great view of just about the entire sky and quite high above the lights of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Here is a picture of the southwest looking towards the Cheviots and the sky above them.
Hope to be back here for more astronomy in the future!
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.