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Harry’s Sky

Harry Andinda, in Kabale, Uganda, whom you met in our YouTube interview in May has been busy observing using the telescope we sent him in December 2020. Harry tells us he has been observing Venus and its phases. On June 14 Harry had what he calls a “globular cluster marathon”, observing 4 globular clusters consecutively: M92, M80, M4 and M5. Harry loves that part of the sky around Sagittarius and Scorpius, which for him at this time of year is almost overhead at 1 am. So do I: There are a lot of things to see in that area. Harry’s got a better view of these than we do here on the Sunshine Coast of BC as for us they are close to the horizon, so we’re looking through 3 times as much atmosphere.

Harry at the eyepiece with a friend looking on

Harry was also observing Omega Centauri, the largest known globular cluster in our galaxy. He says it made him “hungry for globular clusters.” I wish I could see that, but I’m too far north!

He also found the Ring Nebula in Lyra, which is a favorite of mine. I’m encouraging him to try for the Dumbbell Nebula, Messier 27. It is nearby.

He tells me he is now hunting down Messier 31, the Andromeda galaxy. He missed it the other day because it rises very late.

On 16 June he sent me videos of him observing the moon shot using his phone camera. It’s hard to hold the camera steady by hand to take shots like this: He’s done quite well. Check out the details on YouTube here.

Some images of the planets I have taken over the past year from Sechelt using my 8″ Celestron SCT. They were stacked and then processed using wavelet decomposition.

Very welcome solar prominences!

I captured a few small prominences and an active region (2827) in H alpha last Thursday (June 1st). Atmospheric conditions were very good even though is was high noon. Images were taken with a PGI 1.3MP monochrome Chameleon on Lunt 60mm scope and then stacking 250 FITS images in AS3. This is a composite of 2 stacks, one prom, one surface. It’s nice to see the proms back again. Michael