Explore the Moon (Binocular) - March 5, 2017
Asterism: Winter Circle
Stars: Pollux, Capella, Aldebaran, Sirius
Messier Object: M45 (Pleaides)
Time: 7:30 - 9:45 PM
Instrument: Visual + Binoculars 10x30 IS
Transparency: not recorded
Seeing: not recorded
This session began with looking for objects in the RASC Explore the Moon (binocular program). I then went looking for constellations and DSOs. The First Quarter Moon was centred in the Winter Circle, but was able to identify some of the brighter stars - Pollux, Capella, Aldebaran and Sirius.
Time: 9:25 PM
Instrument: Binoculars 10x30 IS
Thin cloud and First Quarter Moon limited visibility but was able to see the 5 brightest stars of the Pleiades. Looked like a small, misshapen Big Dipper through the hazy clouds. The typical Pleiades brightness and beauty was lost under these conditions.