Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Location:  Side yard by the trailer, Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  October 11, 2016 0630-0715hrs

Weather:  Clear, cool, frost, no wind 2C.

Attendance:  Myself.

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm lens on tripod.

Objective:  To view and image a close pairing of Jupiter and Mercury which were suppose to be rising in the East before sunup and around 1 degree apart.


  • At 0630 hrs there was no sign of the Mercury/Jupiter conjunction.  By 0715 hrs there was much light and still no sign of the conjunction.  Might have been behind the many trees and structures in the way on the Eastern horizon.
  • Orion was high in the SSE over the big tree in the front yard.
  • Leo was rising in the East.
  • Ursa Major was high in the NE standing on its handle.
  • No shooting stars or Satellites were seen.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Location:  Parking Lot of Lancaster Mall, Saint John, NB

Date Time:  October 7, 2016 @ 1739 hrs

Weather:  Mostly cloudy, major change in weather uderway.  Over the last number of days has gone from sunny and warm with very few clouds to clouds and rain, 24C breeze.

Attendance:  Ed O'Reilly, David McCashion

Equipment:  Samsung Nexus 4 cellphone camera, arcsoft mediaimpressions image processor.


  • Ed spotted a Sundog and pointed it out.  Looked like a bright piece of a Rainbow to the left of the Sun.  Could see the small rainbow 'fragment' clearly but the 22 degree halo didn't pop out visually.
  • Halo appeared in image.
  • It has been said that Sundogs indicate a change in weather.  This was definitely the case here.
  • Was my first Sundog observed.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Location:  Front Yard, Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  October 5, 2016 1945-2030 hrs

Weather:  Slight haze, clear, no wind, no bugs, 8C.

Attendance:  Carla M, David McCashion

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses.  All on tripod.

Objective:  To view and image Saturn and a Crescent Moon which was reported to be near Saturn.


  • Evening twilight revealed a nice pairing of Mars in Sagittarius very close to one the constellations main stars.  
  • Saturn was close to a 21% illuminated Moon.  Earthshine could be seen across the other 79%.
  • Venus was very low in the West during observing and dropped out of sight by 2015hrs.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Location:  Front Yard, Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  October 3, 2016 1925-1941 hrs

Weather:  Mostly clear, kind of hazy, no bugs, slight breeze, a very cool 8 C with a small windchill.

Attendance:  Myself

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 mm and 75-300 mm lenses all on tripod.

Objective:  To view and image the Moon/Venus conjunction which were said to be close just after sundown.


  • Sky was mostly clear just after sundown.  Sun went down behind the trees in the west at approximately 1925 hrs but there was still lots of light still.
  • Even with lots of light, the thin Crescent Moon and Venus stood out clearly, surprisingly high up in the west at 1925 hrs.
  • By 1940 hrs, sky had darkened enough to let the pair stand out even more, with some of the brighter stars in the rest of the sky popping out.

Moon and Venus @ 1940 hrs facing west.

@ 1936 hrs

@ 1933 hrs

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Location:  Driveway by boat, Little Lepreau, NB, Canada

Date Time:  September 29, 2016 from 0650-0700 hrs

Weather:  Gusting winds, partly cloudy, twilight, 8C with small windchill.

Attendance:   Carla, Sarah, David.

Objective:  To view and image Moon/Mercury conjunction which was reported to happen on this morning, just before sunup.  According to my RASC calendar, the two celestial bodies were going to be 1.6 degrees apart.


  • Spotted the conjunction right away, easily when first went outside to take the dog out.  The forecast was calling for cloudy skies this morning so was surprised when it was clear in the east.  Mercury was surprisingly bright.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Location:  Front Yard, Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  September 25, 2016 2145-2200hrs

Weather:  Cool, 8C, no wind, mostly clear.

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, tripod.

Attendance:  Myself

Objective:  To view and image location of Mars which was reported to be near M8 in the south western sky.


  • Seeing conditions were very good with the Moon phase being past third quarter.
  • Mars was close to M8 and Saturn was just above the horizon with Antares already below the horizon and out of sight.  Mars is suppose to be close to M8 all week.
  • M31 was in the North Eastern sky and very bright.
  • M45 was just rising in the east at 2200hrs.

M31 high in the North East

M45 rising just over the horizon in the east at 2200hrs

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Location:  Front Yard, Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  Sept 21, 2016 2110-2130 hrs

Weather:  Mostly clear with only a couple small hazy patches around the horizon and to the East, no wind, cooled off considerably from 25 C through the day to 13 C during observing time.  Could see six stars in Pegasus which means a limiting factor of 6...very good seeing conditions.  Very few bugs.

Attendance:  David McCashion

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55 mm and 75-300 mm lenses, tripod.  Arcsoft Mediaimpressions image software.

Objective:  To view and image the location of Mars as it moves to the East relative to Saturn and the Constellation of Scorpius.


  • Very good seeing conditions allowed for a spectacular view of the Milkyway as it rose from the SW high overhead through Cygnus.  It's bright 'clouds' of gas showing much form, especially above and to the west of Sagittarius.
  • Just after dark the Mars Saturn Antares triangle has spread apart and now is getting lower in the south, as we move from summer into fall.
  • The Summer triangle has also moved farther west in the sky, making it easier to photograph.  When it is straight up, it's hard to get the camera to point in that direction due to tripod design.
  • While imaging the south western sky, watched the eastern sky and seen a short bright shooting star coming straight down in a very bright flash.  Also noticed and Iridium flare(about half as bright as the shooting star) from a satellite going through Pegasus move north east.  Pointed camera in that direction and caught satellite moving just above Alpheratz which is the star in Andromeda that "marks the point where Pegasus and Andromeda meet."
  • After processing images, noticed many faint satellite trails.
  • One shooting star and one satellite seen.

Facing south west.

Facing south west.

Almost straight up to the west.

Facing East.