Planets: Jupiter (in Libra), Saturn (in Sagittarius)
Satellites: (1)
Meteor: (1)
Cluster: α Perseus Cluster
Messier Object: M8 (Lagoon Nebula)

Location: SCO
Date: 2018-09-01/02
Time: 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM ADT
Equipment: 6" SkyWatcher telescope with 15 mm eyepiece + Binoculars, 10x42 IS
Magnification: x80

Transparency: Very Good (4)
Seeing: Excellent (5)
Temperature: 16º C - 15º C
SQM: 21.07 @ 9:25 PM, 20.88 @ 10:28 PM

I had spent some time looking at the Moon to determine what features to observe. I managed to complete IWLOP #84 - Mons Pico & Montes Teneriffe in Mare Imbrium. Also observed some features needed for the Explore the Moon (telescope).

Jupiter (in Libra)
Time: 9:00 PM
Equipment: Telescope

Jupiter was quite bright although not as bright as Venus or Mars. Could easily see Callisto but Io took much looking to find it. There was a bulge on Jupiter's surface that could have been Ganymede or perhaps just a very bright spot that made it look like a bulge or moon.


Saturn (In Sagittarius)
Time: 9:26 PM
Equipment: Telescope 

Saturn was high in the sky above the Teapot's spout and M8. Very Bright. Was able to determine one moon - Titan. Initially I thought it was Phoebe but it wasn't far enough away from the planet to be so. Could not make out any moons closer.

Time: 9:45 PM
Equipment: Telescope + Binoculars 
A satellite flew through my telescope FOV from east to west through the lid of the Teapot. I used my binoculars to follow it as it disappeared in the Milky Way.

α Perseus Cluster
Time: 11:00 PM
Equipment: Binoculars 
S&T Chart reference: 2, 13

While waiting for Capella to rise above SCO's horizon to better see Comet P21, I noticed Perseus was up so used my binoculars to view this gloriously open and bright cluster.

M8 (Lagoon Nebula)
Time: 10:28 PM - 10:40 PM
Equipment: Telescope
S&T Chart Reference: 67, 69, I

Seeing M8 with a telescope is very different than through binoculars. What I had seen on September 3, 2016 was 5 or 6 bright stars in a dense clump that formed a line of stars and the less dense clumps filled the mottled brightness above it. The telescope view seemed to have 5 or 6 vertical rows of stars that remind me of the α Perseus Cluster.

Also refer to Messier Catalogue - M008 (Lagoon Nebula) - September 1, 2018


Time: 1:30 AM
Equipment: Visual
A very bright meteor lasting 1.5 seconds. Began whitish and ended in bright green as it travelled through the region of Draco.

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