Date Time: March 25, 2015 1930-2300hrs
Weather: Slight wind, some light to moderate clouding, hazy, 0C with windchill -8C.
Equipment: 8" Meade LX200 with focal reducer, Canadian Telescopes 80 APO/ED with Vixen Mount, Nexus 4 cellphone camera, 9mm, 12mm, 19mm and 32mm eyepieces, No. 12 yellow filter, Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses.
Attendance: Jessica K and Myself.
Objective: To try out a new Meade Focal reducer made for Meade LX 200 telescopes.
Highlights: Viewed and imaged a Crescent Moon as the Sun was setting. Imaged Moon with Cellphone camera.
Viewed and imaged Venus with cellphone camera. The gibbous phase could be easily seen.
Viewed and imaged Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2, which as moved to the right of the big W Cassiopeia. Viewed it in the 80 ED/APO and it was found to be a grayish fuzzball. Images taken with Canon DSLR brought out a green fuzzball with a very large, faint tail. Images with camera attached to telescope in prime focus, could not reach focus.
Comet Lovejoy is dimming and moving away from Cassiopeia.
Viewed Jupiter with both telescopes. Tried a No.12 yellow filter on the 9mm eyepiece on the LX 200. It really brought out the storm belts very well on Jupiter. Three of its moons were on one side, with one on the other. Jupiter is simply huge in the eyepiece.
Did a search for some galaxies in Leo, but clouds moved in around 2300hrs and ended the observing for the evening.
No shooting stars and two satellites were seen.