Camper Blog: Observing Run Plan

william_1824.jpgFor 2016 AstroCamp, experienced AstroCampers each took on a challenge to research an astronomy topic and present it to the rest of the group.  William A. created an order in which he would target objects as twilight segued into darkness.  He shared his scheme under the night sky and reproduced the observing run in the Starlab for the other AstroCampers and staff.  William writes:

Observing Run

Looking at the stars and other celestial objects is fun, and also a great way to learn about the universe.  But what is the best or most efficient way to see everything you want to see at its best before it sets? An observing plan is one of the best ways to do this.

An observing plan requires many things--for example, it needs to be in order by when it sets.  Also, you want to se objects when they are on the meridian.  In conclusion, an observing plan is essential to looking at celestial objects.

Observing Time Plan

Astronomical Twilight: sun 18 degrees below horizon

Jupiter 
Mars
Saturn
Arcturus
Spica
Big Dipper
Draco
Little Dipper
Summer Triangle
Cygnus
Alcor & Mizar
Alberio
william_1822.jpgM11
M13
M27
M17
M57
M101
M4 (right of Antares)
M104 (right of Spica; observe at 10)

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