Stars: Albireo, Mizar-Alcor, HD 116798
Messier Objects: M10, M11, M12, M14
Date: 2022-07- 22/23
Time: 19:30 PM - 1:15 AM ADT
Equipment: EVOSTAR 80ED Telescope
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific 82º APOV 4.7 mm, Antares Plössl 15 mm, Sky-Watcher UWA-58º 5 mm
Transparency: Excellent (5)
Seeing: Very Good (4)
Temperature: 22º C - 19º C
SQM: 19.15 - 19.62
This was the first time using my new-to-me go-to EVOSTAR 80 ED on a brand new AZ-GTI mount on its tripod. It was quite steady. Jerry and I were 'playing' with the star alignment options before delving into observing.
Mizar + Alcor + HD 116798
Once again, I looked for the double stars Mizar and Alcor to also find their 3rd smaller and dimmer companion HD 116798. The eyepiece also allowed for a splitting of Mizar into Mizar A and Mizar B. Very happy about that.
There was another star almost due west of Mizar - GAIA 1563592744010133120 ("GAIA" in the sketch).
Albireo β1 was a very bright yellow and was quite close to the blue Albireo β2.
I also noticed 3 stars south of Albireo and one slightly above at 2 o'clock that formed an arc. There was also a very bright one at 10 o'clock.
The remainder of this evening was spent looking for Messier objects. For details on these observations, go to: