We are not backyard astronomers. We do it in the front so everyone can see.
Good news for Charlottetown star gazers. I delivered a six-inch Dobsonian telescope to the Robertson Library at UPEI this morning.
They now have all the components (easy-carry telescope bag, books, lens pen, etc.) necessary to start their library telescope loaner program.
I am hoping we will see the announcement of the program in the next week or two. The telescope will be available for students and the public at large. Contact the library at (902) 566-0583 for more information.
This makes another option for budding astronomers in our area. With the Charlottetown Public library having two telescopes, and the libraries in Stratford and Cornwall each having one this makes four available locally. In addition , the Montague Rotary Library also has a telescope available for public use.
Check back for another announcement shortly about another telescope loaner option.
Finally a decent night for observing on PEI, but wait, we have a 96% full waxing gibbous Moon in our sky tonight. That means everything else will be washed out, […]
There have been few evenings this year suitable for me to take my CPC 1100 XLT telescope out to Victoria Park for some Sidewalk Astronomy, but tonight looks like one of them.
Forecasts are for milder, but still cool temperatures, less than 25% cloud cover, low winds, and good seeing. That all adds up to getting some great views of the Moon, which is nearly full (99%); Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
For the best opportunity to view planets Jupiter and Mars, come visit after 9:30PM; for Saturn, because it rises later, 10:30PM would be a good time.
Unfortunately, there are no transits of the Great Red Spot or the Galilean moons of Jupiter during the time I will be observing.
If you would like to observe Mars with your own telescope or binoculars, I suggest you read Dr. Brian Ventrudo‘s excellent guide.
As always, observing is weather and whether dependent.