Constellation: Ursa Major
Time: 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM ADT
Equipment: 6" SkyWatcher 150P Dobsonian telescope + eyepieces (10 mm, 25 mm wide angle, 30 mm with 2" adapter)
Transparency: Fair (2)
Seeing: Fair (2)
Temperature: 14º C
Moisture/Dew forming on surfaces.
Refer to Explore the Moon (Telescope) - August 20, 2018 for details.
Also completed this evening was IWLOP #100 - Bullialdus.
Time: 9:20 PM ADT
Equipment: telescope + 25 mm eyepiece
Saturn was in the SE sky above our neighbour's back shed. The telescope very clearly provided a view of Saturn and its rings. No ring separation but could see a gap between the planet and its ring structures. This view, however, did vary with the changing atmosphere.
In all 3 eyepieces, Mizar was seen asa double star. As in 2016, there was a third star that formed a triangle with Mizar and Alcor; I later identified it as HD116798.
Below HD 328226 was a line of 4 stars, ranging in magnitude of 11.1 - 13.6 (#1 - #4 in the sketch).
The identified HD238226 and a fainter magnitude 12.9 star to its right as GAIA 1563780481323958784 (#5 in the sketch). Quite the handle!