Tuesday, Feb 23, 1999
VTC Campus

Our Observing session / meeting started about 6:00. We took the LX10 out into the VTC main square. We had a good turnout. There were 6 or seven of us. A couple passers by joined us to take a look. We viewed Mercury as it was setting. There was a lot of atmospheric interference but we can say we saw it. We viewed the Venus - Jupiter conjunction. To quote Peters last mail message, "we were able to see both planets in the same low power field. Very cool. Jupiter was fainter, but much larger looking than Venus." Venus appears to be larger to the naked eye due to it's brightness. 4 of Jupiter's moons were present as I remember. These were the Galilean moons. The LX10 is great. The resolution was terrific. We viewed Saturn at a couple different magnifications. Three of it's sattelites were visible. Titan, and two others i have not identified. I invite club members to go look up which of Saturns moons were visible tonight and mail us. We viewed the terminating line of the moon. Fred pointed out where Gemini was and Peter informed us that the two bright stars making up the twins heads are Castor and Pollux. Pollux being the Eastern one right now. Shaun, Tim, and Fred noticed Canis Major. Peter pointed out which star was Sirius. it is the brightest star in the constellation. All in all it was a nice observing session.

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