Richmond Astronomical Society

Skywatch at Midlothian High

Dec 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Events

Around 20 students and parents enjoyed the night sky on Dec. 1, using my (Terry Barker) telescope to to view the Moon, Pleiades, and double stars Albireo and Zeta Lyra. And we saw a great pass of the ISS passing almost directly overhead. As you can imagine, the sky in Midlothian is pretty muddy with light pollution, so there wasn’t much point in looking for the Andromeda Galaxy or other fainter objects. But, it was worth the trip when one young man shouted out his amazement at seeing the magnified Moon as soon as we started. I need to hire him for my next sky watch.

I actually had two telescopes set up–my Celestron Nexstar 102 and a Meade EXT-60. I had the ETX on the Moon while I maneuvered the Nexstar around for other objects. In between viewing, I outlined some of the constellations planets, and stars with my green laser pointer. And everyone really seemed to enjoy seeing the different colors of the Albireo pair. It’s an absolute must-see in the summer and autumn skies.

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